FERRY SERVICE FOR OMAN FROM QATAR? as Qatar is trying to establish a Ferry Service

A Ferry Service for Oman from Qatar and Kuwait might be launching soon.

Grand Ferry via Abdul Basit The Peninsula
Grand Ferry via Abdul Basit The Peninsula

This seems to be being organized from  Continue readingFERRY SERVICE FOR OMAN FROM QATAR? as Qatar is trying to establish a Ferry Service

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar celebrates the end of 2018 and New Year 2019

High in the mountains of Oman Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar celebrates New Year 2019 with an array of fun-filled activities and entertainment for the whole family throughout the resort; all under the experienced eye of the hotel’s new General Manager, Dagmar Symes.

Christmas & New Year 2019
Christmas & New Year 2019

Until 9 January 2019 kids can explore Continue readingAnantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar celebrates the end of 2018 and New Year 2019

JW Marriott Muscat opening 2019

The new JW Marriott Muscat is likely to open by mid-summer 2019.

JW Marriott Muscat
JW Marriott Muscat

This is a push back from a 2018 opening that was originally planned. Financed by Qatar National Bank the hotel is located within the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Continue readingJW Marriott Muscat opening 2019

Alila Jabal Akhdar Christmas and New Year in Oman relaxing activities and adventure trips at 2,000 metres

Treats are part of Christmas and New Year in Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar. Though staying at Alila in Oman is a joy in itself, the hotel has a great range of activities for guests.

Christmas and New Year Alila Oman
Christmas and New Year Alila Oman

Learn how to play ‘Petanque’, an ideal Continue readingAlila Jabal Akhdar Christmas and New Year in Oman relaxing activities and adventure trips at 2,000 metres

LAND OF FRANKINCENSE is my Guide Book to historic places in Dhofar Oman associated with Frankincense -

THE LAND OF FRANKINCENSE’, MY NEW BOOK, explores key locations associated with Frankincense in Dhofar, including the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Land of Frankincense Paperback and eBook
The Land of Frankincense Paperback and eBook

Locations such as Wadi Andhur, Continue readingLAND OF FRANKINCENSE is my Guide Book to historic places in Dhofar Oman associated with Frankincense –

Duqm Refinery

Duqm Refinery has achieved full finance on its path to becoming a driver in Oman’s economic diversification.

One of Oman’s economic objectives is to diversify its income, and the strategies include adding value to raw materials, leverage its geographical location and maximize local manpower skill sets.

Ras Markaz Oman
Ras Markaz Oman

The new “Duqm Refinery” at Ras Markaz Continue reading “Duqm Refinery”

Oman Oil and ORPIC will Merge

Oman’s Government-owned Oman Oil and ORPIC will merge their ‘downstream businesses’, effectively from 2nd December 2018.

Oil Tanker - Muscat
Oil Tanker – Muscat

This merger is intended to be phase one to integrate their entire businesses. The CEO of the combined company will be Musab Abdullah al Mahruqi, he was previously the CEO of ORPIC from April 2010-Dec 2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors with PDO, Oman’s Oil Exploration business. Continue reading “Oman Oil and ORPIC will Merge”

“Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion

The design for the Oman Pavilion “Oman Opportunities over time” for the forthcoming Dubai Expo 2020 has been revealed by Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time
Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time

The Pavillion design refers the Frankincense Tree, Continue reading ““Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion”

CAREEM TAXI OMAN now operating in Muscat

Uber may not be in Oman, yet,  – but the Middle-East’s own Careem Taxi is. Careem had started in Muscat in May 2017 but stopped at the request of Oman’s government. As Careem must have obtained a licence, at that time, to operate it was presumably stopped as a result of private sector concerns.

Careem Taxi Oman
Careem Taxi Oman

The new Careem service will use Marhaba Taxis which currently operate in Muscat (part of the Omani Ingenuity Technologies L.L.C/Suhail Bahwan Group), as the Careem fleet vehicles. Careem’s fares will start at OMR1.250; which Careem say is “in line with regular taxis” (I wonder if they have ever used the orange and white taxis which start at Rial Omani 0.100).

Careem intends to operate in all major towns in Oman (presumably also through Marhaba); I guess this will mean Suhar, Buraymi, Ibri, Nizwa and Salalah and Sur (the hometown of Suhail Bahwan).

Marhaba Taxi Oman
Marhaba Taxi Oman

To use Careem, download their app from iTunes and Google Play. The Careem apps interface may not be 100% informative or intuitive and unfortunately the same can be said about Marhaba.
Check here for other news about Taxis in Oman.
My Bradt Guide to Oman is available as an eBook from most online stores – click here to get it immediately. It will take you all the way down to the Yemen border – and details accommodation there; and if you prefer paperback, check out the book also on Amazon online stores and your main bookshop.

Reviews of Bradt Guide to Oman
Amazon UK Reviews of Bradt Guide to Oman

 

Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Sultan Qaboos Al Said has received in Bait Al Barakah Muscat, Oman, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Israeli security & intelligence Ministers.

Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The visit comes in the same Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”

BATTLE OF MIRBAT a key event in the Dhofar war

In the far south of Oman is the location of one of Britain’s Special Air Service’s (SAS) more publicly known battles ‘The Battle of Mirbat’. On 25th October 2018, Prince Harry unveiled a memorial in Nadi, western Fiji, to one of the key participants, the Fijian Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, of SAS.

View from Jabal Ali - Mirbat - Oman Battle of Mirbat
View from Jabal Ali – Mirbat – Oman

The Popular Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf (PFLOAG) were fighting against Continue readingBATTLE OF MIRBAT a key event in the Dhofar war

Oman’s most influential women 2018

Forbes magazine has released its 2018 list of the ‘Most Influential Women’.  Its good to see Oman’s most influential women are included in the list, including a new entrant.

Amal Bahwan
Amal Bahwan

Dominating this list, as their companies do in their fields within Oman, are Amal Continue reading “Oman’s most influential women 2018”