Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

Qalhat, 22kms north-west of the port town of Sur is Oman’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Site, following from the announcement of Al Ahsa in Saudi Arabia.

Water Cistern – Qalhat UNESCO - Oman
Water Cistern – Qalhat UNESCO – Oman

Qalhat is an Continue reading “Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites”

Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.

Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man
Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man

His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”

10 Reasons to visit Muscat this Winter – 5-1

5              Perhaps an ideal winter treat if you visit Oman with children is to enjoy an experience with wildlife.

Dolphins - Oman
Dolphins – Oman

Two remarkable encounters offer a thrilling experience, not only for children but for everyone. Continue reading “10 Reasons to visit Muscat this Winter – 5-1”

10 Reasons to visit Muscat this Winter 10-6

10           For the music lover in you, Muscat has one of the best Opera houses in the world. Most winter weekends there is a performance, perhaps of Opera itself or occasionally Ballet.

Royal Opera House- Muscat - Oman 10 reasons to visit muscat this winter
Royal Opera House- Muscat – Oman

Arab singing stars are hosted Continue reading “10 Reasons to visit Muscat this Winter 10-6”

Oman’s Royal Opera House – winter 2017-18 highlights

Oman’s Royal Opera House has a remarkable mix of performances over the 2017 – 2018 season. In September they launch with Aida by Verdi

Verdi conducting Aida in Paris1880
Verdi conducting Aida in Paris1880

for 3 days 14, 16,17 performed by Teatro Regio Torino (‘Royal Theatre’ Turin) – the Continue reading “Oman’s Royal Opera House – winter 2017-18 highlights”

Including local experiences in a guide book

Writing the revision for the Bradt Guide to Oman I needed not only focus on finishing the text & maps but also change my view point of Oman’s tourism. Previously, while working in Oman’s tourism, organising a visit into a museum

Bait Al Zubair Museum
Bait Al Zubair Museum

in Oman for tourists would be pre-planned in a basic tour, a special visit to Honey Bee keeper Continue reading “Including local experiences in a guide book”

Omani dishdasha – the Five Approved Designs

Buying a souvenir of Oman can be problematic, with a key question ‘is it authentic’? However one area has been dealt with today the Omani dishdasha – Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry have today issued details to support a Ministerial Decision issued last year.

Omani Dishdasha
Omani Dishdasha

You can Continue reading “Omani dishdasha – the Five Approved Designs”

Carpet Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Any organisation which had supplied work for the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque would wish sign the work. The company which created the mosque’s principal carpet managed to do just that and wove into the carpet their details.

Carpet - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Carpet – Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The high density of thread, over 250 knots per sq inch and extraordinary craftswomanship Continue reading “Carpet Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three

One of the original Christmas Gifts and primarily from Oman, Frankincense is a ‘must have’ to bring back home after your visit into the country.

Frankincense Tree Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Dhofar

Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) is both Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Two

On the second day of Christmas in Oman, what better thing to do than start organising your gifts for those back home. Gold is always special and here is something very different

Gold & Silver Bracelet Mutrah
Gold & Silver Bracelet Mutrah

Gold & Silver Bracelets Mutrah. Silver was the traditional Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Two”