Oman’s Top 5 things to do in June 2017

June though its mid-summer is often not as searing as May, though that’s often because the rise in humidity also drops the temperature. This year June is the month of Ramadhan when many hotels offer special meals after dusk.

Bowling at Fun Zone - Muscat
Bowling at Fun Zone – Muscat

Indoor bowling is a great activity during Ramadhan as Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in June 2017”

Kempinski Muscat should open late 2017

Gearing up for a late Autumn opening is the Kempinski Muscat. The hotel is one of the key tenants of Al Mouj Muscat the residential enclave in the west of Muscat.

Kempinski Muscat (Artists concept)
Kempinski Muscat www.woodsbagot.com (Artists concept)

Like AlMouj, the Kempinski Muscat’s ultimate owner is Oman’s government though Omani Hospitality Company. Set on the community beach that extends for a couple of kilometres towards AlMouj Golf, the PGA Continue reading “Kempinski Muscat should open late 2017”

Salut Archaeological Site Oman

Not far from Nizwa is the archaeological site of Salut. Spread over what must be 3sqkms that comprises a couple of low hills and dusty flood plain on the edge of Wadi Quriyat , it’s probably one of Oman’s future UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Salut Fort Oman
Salut Fort Oman

The inclusion of the site by UNESCO will have little to do with the charming story Continue reading “Salut Archaeological Site Oman”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve

Day Twelve in Oman coincides with New Years Day. What better start to the New Year than to see the sun-rise on the year’s first day and what better place than at Ras Al Jinz Arabia’s most easterly place.

SunRise Ras Al Jinz Oman
SunRise Ras Al Jinz Oman

The promontory Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve”

My Lucky Weekend

in Muscat

What a weekend full of good fortune I could pass on.  On Saturday Jojo Bird of ‘What’s Happening Muscat, Oman?‘ tagged me to say that I had just won a great prize of an HTC phone from eSaver in Muscat- the first prize I’ve won in soooo many years living in Oman. JoJo had told the group the day before about a Philipino teacher who had just died of cancer leaving 6 young children without a parent. Continue reading “My Lucky Weekend”

Throw Down the Anchor

your guide to Muttrah Souq

If you have ever wandered around Mutrah Souq and wondered about its history the book Thrown Down the Anchor is a great read. Its full of personal recollections of the time, not so long ago, when the souq was the hub of all things commercial in the Muscat area.

Throw Down the Anchor
Throw Down the Anchor

Fortunately it includes all personalities Continue reading “Throw Down the Anchor”

Camilia Restaurant Ruwi for Dinner

Since the area is still quiet we took a meal in Ruwi’s Camilia Restaurant before work starts again tomorrow . This is probably one of the longest established restaurants in Oman. Its changed management several times I suspect and the current operators must be the best there has been.

Camilia Salad
Camilia Salad

From the remarkably genuine Continue reading “Camilia Restaurant Ruwi for Dinner”

Rumba Lattina Restaurant at The Cave

We arrived after Iftar for a meal at The Cave, Muscat’s newish restaurant complex. Currently there are two choices of venue, one with a buffet  that seemed to have been cleared – so we decided on Rumba Lattina.

The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior
The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior

As there did not appear to be service outside we sat Continue reading “Rumba Lattina Restaurant at The Cave”

Oman’s Vehicle Sales in 2013 – over 200,000 sold – where will they all fit

Vehicle sales in Oman continues to rumble around the 200,000 unit mark annually. In 2013 another 204,880 units joined the existing road inhabitants.

Oman Vehicle Sales 2013
Oman Vehicle Sales 2013

For a couple of years sales have been around Continue reading “Oman’s Vehicle Sales in 2013 – over 200,000 sold – where will they all fit”

Strike at Lulu Supermarket

Arriving at the fruit and vegetable counter to get my Clementines weighed I was told firmly, but very politely, by the two Omani staff manning the scales that they were on strike. The staff on strike wore distinctive clothing and were asking for increased wage, bonus and better physical areas to work in.

Strike Action at Lulu
Strike Action at Lulu

Lulu seems to be one Continue reading “Strike at Lulu Supermarket”