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”

Oman’s cultural tourism

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.

Learning about Beekeeping
Learning about Beekeeping

Previously, while working in Oman’s tourism, organising a visit Continue reading “Oman’s cultural tourism”

Royal Opera House Muscat

In 2001, Sultan Qaboos set up the project, initially called ‘House of Musical Arts’; subsequently, the name ‘Royal Opera House Muscat ‘ was used, and design started in 2003.

Royal Opera House under construction 2010 - Muscat
Royal Opera House under construction 2010 – Muscat

The opera house was opened on October 12, 2011 by Continue reading “Royal Opera House Muscat”

Oman Language

Oman Language is a complicated subject as the country although officially an Arabic language state does have several other native languages. Complicating things, even more, is the importance of non-native languages.

Arabic is Oman’s official language and is taught in government schools. It is a Semitic language and does have similarity to other Semitic languages such as Hebrew.

Oman Languages
Oman Languages

Written Arabic, as Continue reading “Oman Language”

David Willis Artist’s ‘Traditional Oman’

painting exhibition in Bait Al Baranda

It was good to go to David Willis Artist’s opening night of paintings under the umbrella ‘Traditional Oman’.

Haramal Dancers
Haramal Dancers

Held in Bait Al Baranda which holds periodic art exhibitions, a traditional dance Continue reading “David Willis Artist’s ‘Traditional Oman’”

Eidiya for distribution in Oman

Following morning prayers on the first day of Eid the tradition for Eidiya in Oman is that children wander around to collect their gift.

Oman Currency
Oman Currency

Eidiya is cash, typically 100 baisa from folks like me and bigger notes from family or the rich. However the appreciation of new notes make it worth going to a bit of trouble to obtain them, so I made a request for 100 notes.  Continue reading “Eidiya for distribution in Oman”

Qaranqashoo at Bait Zubair the Ramadhan childrens event

On the 14th night of Ramadhan (the middle of that month) there is a childrens celebration called ‘Qaranqashoo’ (قرنقشوه) . It traditionally was when children went knocking on the front door of neighbours houses to ask for ‘halwa’ (sweets).

Qarenqashoo in Al Harthy Complex
Qarenqashoo in Al Harthy Complex

The first part of the word is used Continue reading “Qaranqashoo at Bait Zubair the Ramadhan childrens event”

Y Magazine of Oman does a double page about the book.

Y Magazine’ s Kate Ginn rang me last week regarding the book and after a chat asked for photos. I of course expected a short piece with a photo or two. So it was fantastic to open up Y Magazine this morning and see a double page spread about the book. You can read it here http://www.y-oman.com/2013/03/heritage-hunter/ (thanks Kate)

Y Magazine article about Walking Through History
Y Magazine article about Walking Through History

Chris Fisher of Oman’s Merge FM chats with me about the book ‘Walking Through History’

Chris Fisher of MergeFM Radio in Oman talks about the book ‘ Walking Through History’ with Tony.

Chris Fisher hard at work on MergeFM Radio
Chris Fisher hard at work on MergeFM

How he manages to juggle all the controls at his desk and Continue reading “Chris Fisher of Oman’s Merge FM chats with me about the book ‘Walking Through History’”