Guno rebuilding progress and new CEO at Oman Air

The government will shortly start the building of 700 new homes for the residents in the Qurayyat area of Oman whose homes were devastated by the cyclone Guno and where portacabins were erected shortly after the cyclone last year .

Quriyat portacabins after Guno
Quriyat portacabins after Guno

The cost of many 10s of millions of Rials on the face of it is high however add in flood barriers or mountain demolition, and with current costs of construction in Oman it should be value for money; and great news for the people who must be missing their home.
Oman Air has announced the appointment of Peter Hill as the company’s new chief executive officer .

Peter Hill Oman Air
Peter Hill Oman Air

Peter Hill occupied a similar position in Sri Lanka’s Air Lanka, a country which  also looks to increase its tourism GDP. That is, he occupied that position until he (according to news reports at the time) decided to give seating preference to pre-booked tourists over a last moment walk on by Sri-Lanka’s president who was returning from a private overseas visit. The job was not Peter Hills for much longer.  It’s great to learn that Oman Air has put a man in charge who focuses on paying clients – whose revenue and, more importantly, good-will will be vital for all those in Oman who hope to benefit from tourism.

Flyover Hamriyah
Flyover Hamriyah

The road flyover/overpass near my flat has been undergoing intensive work during the last few months. A new stage has developed with RSJs being erected; I asked the site superintendent about this new stage and he explained that the road is being jacked up 5cms to insert new ‘cushions’ between the pillars and elevated highway – the total time for the project according to him 3 years.

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