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. 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”

Mosques in Oman and The Gulf – open to Non Muslims

There are many mosques in Oman which welcome non-Muslims to visit. Amongst the most interesting is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The Grand Mosque initially Continue reading “Mosques in Oman and The Gulf – open to Non Muslims”

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”