This week has not only been one celebrating the National Day of Oman but it has had a preponderance of glamorous mechanical equipment on the streets and skies. First off were Britain’s Red Arrows. They come to Oman on a regular basis and perform over the main beach in Muscat.
The Holy Month of Ramadhan is a time of abstinence and a period of great joy in Oman and throughout the Islamic world. Throughout the month the daylight fast is broken with ‘Iftar’ which for many men is a light meal eaten as a large gathering in the mosque
The April heat of Muscat made it great to ascend to the cooler heights of Jabal Akhdar and join Professor Reginald Victor and Mrs Victor with the Environment Society of Oman on a visit to several areas that are included in his long-term study of the ecosystem of Jabal Akhdar.
Visiting the extremities of Oman is something I enjoy, for both Musandam and Dhofar have unique scenery and culture.
In Dhofar we were expertly guided along the slopes of the massive escarpment of Jabal Samhan. Following little used paths, we walked up the mountain slopes under good cloud cover that created ideal walking weather. Our route was along old camel tracks, perhaps originally used to transport frankincense from the valleys behind the escarpment. Wild animals also use these pathways we saw scat and spore showing the overnight journeys of animals.