Travco ‘InterCity’ Hotel in Salalah

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.

InterCity artists image
InterCity artists image

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.

Trip to Salalah and a focus on Frankincense

At the end of the Khareef is a great time to visit Salalah. We visited the nice Land of Frankincense Museum and saw a Frankincense Flower being pollinated by an Apis Florea bee.

Bee on a Frankincense Flower
Bee on a Frankincense Flower

Unexpectedly Continue reading “Trip to Salalah and a focus on Frankincense”

Victor the buggy in Muscat from Salalah

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.

Elayne in Victor the Travel Bug in Salalah
Elayne in Victor the Travel Bug in Salalah

Victor the buggy is a hand made gem, with a Continue reading “Victor the buggy in Muscat from Salalah”

Omani Frankincense as a picture calendar for 2012

For 2012 I’ve just done a Frankincense Calendar.

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh 2012
Gold Frankincense and Myrrh 2012

Its got 13 pictures all about Frankincense in Oman including Continue reading “Omani Frankincense as a picture calendar for 2012”

Breakfast with Saudis and a visit to Sumhuram

Its always nice to visit the archaeological site of Sumhuram near Salalah Oman as it is constantly evolving as discoveries are made and the site itself is developed.

Sumhuram Salalah
Sumhuram Salalah

Amongst the new features is Continue reading “Breakfast with Saudis and a visit to Sumhuram”

Sand blasted arrival into Salalah

Throughout much of Oman the annual weather can be described as hot or scorching ; however on the southern coasts the summer monsoon, called locally the “Khareef”, brings changes.

Sand Storm on road to Dhofar
Sand Storm on road to Dhofar

As I drove down to Salalah from Muscat in early July the first hint of a change comes with what on the face of it might be a snowstorm Continue reading “Sand blasted arrival into Salalah”

Arabian Leopard in Dhofar

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.

Hadi checking scat
Hadi checking scat

During a six-hour trek through the mountain’s of Dhofar Hadi expertly Continue reading “Arabian Leopard in Dhofar”

Salalah to Muscat

Driving back from Salalah to Muscat along the main road is usually a tedious journey; this time it was quite eventful. The static on the radio announced the storm well before it appeared.

Broken Electricity Poles near Nizwa
Broken Electricity Poles near Nizwa

Ferocious winds and heavy rain swept over the landscape near Nizwa and snapped Continue reading “Salalah to Muscat”

Dhofar Oman

Driving south to Salalah from Muscat I enjoyed seeing some of Oman’s summer bird migrants on the coast.

Bruces Green Pigeon Salalah
Bruces Green Pigeon Salalah

Several pairs of Red Billed Tropic Birds and a flock of Continue reading “Dhofar Oman”

Walk in the Najd of Dhofar

With cloud cover increasing over the Dhofar coast of Oman I took time to trek through the barren landscape of Dhofar, not on the coast but in the barren mountains towards the desert.

Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar

Here we passed Frankincense trees rustling in the wind and occasional Fan Tailed Ravens but little else of substance. Continue reading “Walk in the Najd of Dhofar”