Oman’s Frankincense would have been the original cash crop if cash had been invented 3,500 years ago; but in those days it was a crop of barter, royal gift or the spoil of war.
Adoration of the Magi – Museo Pio Cristiano
The most famous use of Frankincense is
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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
Qalhat is an
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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
His father was the
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Nizwa Fort is now under private management by Omran the Oman Government’s master developer of major tourism, heritage and urban developments and Bawader International.
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5 Perhaps an ideal winter treat if you visit Oman with children is to enjoy an experience with wildlife.
Dolphins – Oman
Two remarkable encounters offer a thrilling experience, not only for children but for everyone.
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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
Arab singing stars are hosted
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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
for 3 days 14, 16,17 performed by Teatro Regio Torino (‘Royal Theatre’ Turin) – the
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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
in Oman for tourists would be pre-planned in a basic tour, a special visit to Honey Bee keeper
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Just before Christmas I chatted with Bill Padley on his morning radio show on ‘Talk Radio Europe’. We talk hotels, Camels, Date Trees and more. Listen to
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Buying a souvenir of Oman can be problematic, with a key question ‘is it authentic’? John Kerry was seen
shopping for gifts in Mutrah Souq with lots of advice givers, emphasising the problem of choosing carefully. 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.
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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
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Vogue seems to have so many International Editions that they need a dedicated International Editor.
Chinese Vogue Suzy Menkes in Muscat
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Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), part of the trinity of gifts,
was an ingredient used
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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 (Boswellia sacra) is both
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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 Bracelets Mutrah. Silver was the traditional
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