11 Eid Events in Oman

There are lots of Eid Events in Oman (cultural, family oriented and a horse event)   this August 2018 – check them out and some places to see when you visit each.

22nd August 2nd Day of Eid 16:00 – onwards; SUR – N’ama Beach

Lighthouse and Al Ayjah - Sur
Lighthouse and Al Ayjah – Sur

Sur with its 2 forts Continue reading “11 Eid Events in Oman”

Oman’s Frankincense

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
Adoration of the Magi – Museo Pio Cristiano

The most famous use of Frankincense is Continue reading “Oman’s Frankincense”

Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

Qalhat in Oman, 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 in Oman - UNESCO
Water Cistern – Qalhat UNESCO – Oman

Qalhat is an Continue reading “Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites”

Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.

Wilfred Thesiger in Oman
Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man

His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”

10 Reasons to visit Muscat this Winter – 5-1

5              Perhaps an ideal winter treat if you visit visit Muscat this winter 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, reasons to visit Muscat this winter has to include 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 the Bradt Guide to Oman

Writing the revision for the Bradt Guide to Oman – Experiences that could and could not be included, turned out to be a difficult area to deal with.  I needed not only focus on finishing the text & maps but also change my viewpoint of Oman’s tourism.

Bait Al Zubair Museum
Bait Al Zubair Museum

Previously, for my tour company organising a visit into a 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 the Bradt Guide to Oman”

Omani dishdasha – the Five Approved Designs

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.

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 such as the Carpet of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque would wish to 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 of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Carpet – Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The high density of thread in the Grand Mosque Carpet , over 250 knots per sq inch, and extraordinary craftswomanship Continue reading “Carpet Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque”