Media Page – Tony Walsh – author of Oman guide by Bradt Guides

Author Bio, photographs of author, book cover and book details are below.
Articles Tony can author for you are at the end of this page – as are some of his published magazine pieces
Link to a text only Word document is here right click to download
Link to a text only PDF is here right click to download
and 72dpi & 300dpi author images & Oman guide book cover are at the end of this page.

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CONTACT

Tony’s contact details are hello@TonyWalsh.me (an initial email approach is suggested if Tony is away from a mobile phone signal), WhatsApp +44 7590 35 9799. He will typically respond, at the latest, within 24hours. His website is www.TonyWalsh.me.

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ABOUT TONY WALSH

Short  Version

 Tony Walsh – author ‘Oman’, Bradt Guides 2022 guide to the Sultanate of Oman

From 1986 to 2016, Tony lived in Arabia – working in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

For much of that time he was self-employed, including in retailing, running an inbound tour operator and providing small construction projects in Oman for the USAF.

Currently, Tony lives in England and continues to author books & articles on the region (click on link). He leads tours through the Middle East and speaks on cruise ships in the Arabian Sea region.

Tony’s update for the Oman 5th edition (2022) means that Bradt’s Oman guide continues to be an unrivalled resource for visitors to Oman.

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Medium  Version

 Tony Walsh – author ‘Oman’, Bradt Guides 2022 guide to the Sultanate of Oman

From 1986 to 2016, Tony lived in Arabia – working in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

For much of that time he was self-employed, initially operating a retail business that evolved into a ‘portfolio’ of businesses. These included operating a Disney retail franchise, running an inbound tour operator and providing small construction projects in Oman for the USAF.

Associated with the tourism field, Tony authored magazine articles for international publications, in-house booklets for Oman’s Ministry of Tourism and a coffee-table book financed by the Ministry of Tourism.

Tony was thrilled to be asked to rewrite the Bradt Oman guide for the 4th edition (2016).

Currently, Tony lives in England and continues to author books & articles on the region. He leads tours through the Middle East and speaks on cruise ships in the Arabian Sea region.

Tony’s update for the Oman 5th edition (2022) means that Bradt’s Oman guide continues to be an unrivalled resource for visitors to Oman.

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Long Version 

Tony Walsh – author ‘Oman’, Bradt Guides 2022 guide to the Sultanate of Oman

Tony first set foot in the Arab world when he backpacked through Egypt in 1984. From 1986 to 2016, Tony then worked and lived in Arabia – in the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Tony has visited all the Gulf states either for work or leisure and has travelled widely through the region from Syria south to Yemen and Egypt west to Iran.

Initially, working in Oman, he managed a retail business that imported stock, retailed it, and wholesaled it throughout the sultanate. Working in Saudi Arabia, Tony managed the retail department stores of BHS, which were a new franchise of the UK company. He returned to Oman and operated his own importing, wholesaling and retailing business. Tony was also fortunate to run the Disney retail franchise for Oman. 

As Oman opened up to international tourism, Tony set up an inbound tour operator. Unfortunately, the events associated with 11 September 2001 resulted in a complete cessation of tourist arrivals. Serendipity lent Tony a hand. Travelling down to Masirah Island in Oman, he met with the USAF purchasing officer on the island. Successfully tendering for contracts for the USAF on Masirah and later in Seeb North (Muscat) gave Tony the income to survive the downturn in tourism.

Tourism re-started after a couple of years. Tony’s company not only provided private tailor-made inbound programs for visitors throughout Oman but also, occasionally, into Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Yemen. Pre-planning for his clients meant that Tony travelled throughout the entire sultanate. This was often to areas no tourist might visit, to ensure that all options for their arrival were evaluated. 

Tony used his knowledge to write articles for media, including in-flight magazines and foreign newspapers. This, and his extensive photo library, led to his being asked to author a coffee table book on Oman’s UNESCO sites, which was financed by Oman’s Ministry of Tourism. Later the ministry asked Tony to author and provide photographs and maps for their 22 English and separate Arabic tourism booklets covering Oman’s 11 governorates.

Tony was thrilled to be asked to rewrite the Bradt Oman guide for the 4th edition (2016), with a separate Muscat digital edition published the same year.

Currently, Tony lives in England and continues to author books & articles on the region. He leads tours through the Middle East and speaks on cruise ships in the Arabian Sea region.

In contrast to his organising & planning tours for groups, Tony travels independently. Most recently, in 2022, he journeyed through Egypt, making use of Tuk Tuks in Cairo, Saqqara, Abydos and cycling for a week throughout Luxor & its region. In Dendera, where he visited the Hathor Temple by cycle, the police insisted on providing an escort from the town, and back.

Tony’s update for the Oman 5th edition (2022) means that Bradt’s Oman guide continues to be an unrivalled resource for visitors to Oman.

Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter
Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter

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OMAN by BRADT GUIDES

The 5th Edition – 2022

Tony Walsh is delighted that the 5th Edition of ‘Oman’, Bradt’s best selling guide to the Sultanate of Oman, is available from 23 May 2022. The upturn in travel following the pandemic means this is an ideal time for a new edition of the Oman guide.

Tony says, “Following a research visit into Oman the 4th edition was re-edited, each chapter had updates to create the 5th edition. Its superb a new guide, and I am absolutely delighted with it. One key area that I re-checked was mapping. Some locations were deleted, and of course, others included. We decided that new maps, to add detail in select areas, were needed. The result is that this in-depth guide covers stunning regions of Oman other guides don’t reach”.

Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh Muscat Oman

Tony adds, “With the World Cup being held in Qatar, there will be increased interest in Arabia. I hope this new guide will help boost interest in Oman”. 

The Oman guide is available from 23 May 2022 in Britain and by 30 June in most other countries. With 416 pages, 36 maps and a wealth of background and location information, the guide is an essential support for planning a visit to Oman and travelling through the country.

Ask for the Oman guide in a favourite book store, or download from an online seller.

Oman guide 5th edition from Bradt Guides
Oman guide 5th edition from Bradt Guides

 BOOK DETAILS

Title Oman
Author Tony Walsh
www.TonyWalsh.me
ISBN: ISBN-10 ‏1784776807

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1784776800

Pages paperback 416
Photographs Yes – colour
Maps 36
Publisher Bradt Guides
www.bradtguides.com
Available UK – 23 May 2022
Retail price UK (paperback) £18.99
Worldwide – 30 June 2022
Retail price Worldwide (paperback) $27.99
Also available digitally

The Oman guide will enable any visitor, including those exploring independently, to travel confidently through the country.

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SOME ARTICLES BY TONY WALSH

 

Singapore Air Priority PPS Club Oman by Tony Walsh
Desert Treasures for Singapore Air Priority PPS Club Oman
Desert Treasures for  Singapore Air Priority PPS Club magazine

Join Tony on a journey as he took friends from Muscat up into the perfume filled mountain air of Al Jabal Al Akhdar

The Real Garden of Eden - Dhofar
The Real Garden of Eden – Dhofar
The Real Garden of Eden – Dhofar – The Travel Club

Explore one of Tony’s favourite locations in Oman  – a verdant, hidden valley that flows into one of Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Abalone of Dhofar for Emirates Open Skies
Abalone of Dhofar for Emirates Open Skies
Abalone of Dhofar for  Emirates Open Skies magazine

Searching out birds along the southern coast of Oman Tony stumbled across Dhofar’s annual abalone harvest.

Whale watching in Oman
Whale watching in Oman
Whale watching in Oman for Qatar’s  Abode magazine

On dolphin watching trips off Muscat’s coast it’s common to see hundreds, however on one trip Tony didn’t see a single dolphin; the next day the reason became clear. Read about his double sea trip into the waters off Muscat.

 

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Examples of articles that Tony can author for you include:-

Aflaj; Oman’s historic arteries.

Coursing through Oman, Aflaj are the country’s hidden man-made water channels. Historically they were essential to agriculture and key to social life in each settlement. Today they are increasingly overlooked by visitors and Oman’s urban population.

Frankincense and Rose; fragrances of Oman.

Labour intensive harvesting offers up two of Oman’s most distinctive products; frankincense resin and rose water.

A Day at the Races; Camel racing in Oman.

Camel racing is a must-see on any visit to the Sultanate of Oman. Clinging to the back of a pick-up truck, Tony Walsh followed a camel race from start to finish during his day at the races.

Tony would be delighted to author an article for you. Contact Tony with your requirements if there is a theme to your magazine and you wish Oman to be included in a specific issue.

ABOUT BRADT GUIDES

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DOWNLOADS

Text only (from above) Word Document about the Oman guide & Tony Walsh Tony Walsh Author Oman guide from Bradt Guides

Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter
Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter
Tony Walsh in Oman’s Empty Quarter desert 72dpi

Tony Walsh in Oman’s Empty Quarter desert 300dpi

Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – blue shirt 72dpi

Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – blue shirt 300dpi

Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – brown jacket 72dpi

Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – brown jacket 300dpi

Oman guide 5th edition from Bradt Guides
Oman guide 5th edition Bradt  Guides
Oman guide from Bradt Guides 72dpi

Oman guide from Bradt Guides 300dpi

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CONTACT

Tony’s contact details are hello@TonyWalsh.me (an initial email approach is suggested if Tony is away from a mobile phone signal), WhatsApp +44 7590 35 9799. He will typically respond, at the latest, within 24hours. His website is www.TonyWalsh.me.