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”

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 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”

Peter Farrington at Bait Muzna Gallery

The Exhibition continues until 16th November

Visiting Bait Muzna Gallery it was good to meet the artist Peter Farrington, whose exhibition of his latest paintings is presented on the gallery’s ground floor.

Peter Farrington and Painting
Peter Farrington and Painting

Peter’s paintings are Continue reading “Peter Farrington at Bait Muzna Gallery”

Eidiya for distribution in Oman

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

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”