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.
Travco, the Egyptian conglomerate which seems to operate under an integrated system looks as if it is focusing on Oman. The company has operated as a low profile tour operated company in Oman for a number of years with much of its business fed in from Dubai.
As an integrated operator it probably will try to operate in the entire field a client requires and certainly in Egypt as 50% partner in Air Arabia Egypt, various hotel brands Sol Y Mar, Jaz, Nile Cruise ships & ground operator the model worked well, until the down turn in tourism.
The focus in Oman should be a surefooted one, having operated as a tour company in the country since 2006. They intend to open a new ‘InterCity’ Hotel in Salalah. The hotel will be a town based hotel in the main commercial office area which will give it good access to much of the town and region. This will be the first intercity hotel outside Europe, where Travco also own a number of other chains, and suggests that they feel Oman will offer a good alternative to Egypt, as do Orascom who set up Muriya in Oman a few years ago.
Within the slopes and valleys of the southern mountains of Oman are an extraordinary variety of flora. They inhabit an environment that can change from wet cloud soaked biome to bone-dry desert in the period of a few days or meters. Grass dominates the mountain upper plateau while the sea-facing slopes are have Anogeissus dhofarica as their dominant plant.
Though many plants catch a visitors interest, four are Continue reading “Oman’s famed plants in Dhofar”
Frankincense is such an evocative word for many religious people. Its associated with religious ceremonies worldwide and of course with the gifts brought by the 3 Kings, or Continue reading “Frankincense and Tea”
Tucked away under the shade of my breakfast source, Lulu in Darsait, I saw this well travelled car. Well travelled not just from Salalah, where I photoed it last week, to Muscat – but after 6 years on the road it has the most kilometres of any non production car.
The port of Samharam, located in Khor Rori is gradually being revealed as a very interesting fortified trading town from antiquity. We had a very nice visit to it during guests holidays in Oman and enjoyed Continue reading “Exploring Salalah”
The advancing monsoon was descending on Salalah as I spent time there with Hadi Al Hikmani whose passion and work is with Arabian Leopard. His family keep an extraordinary number of goats below the mountains and they are a potential prey of the Leopard.