Olympic Torch in Muscat

On its way to China the Olympic Torch snaked its way through Muscat today – I parked my car just behind the roadblocks and joined the crowds.
Oman is the only Arab country where the torch will visit – therefore the government invited personalities from around the Arab world to share in the torch carrying.

Olympic Torch Corniche
Olympic Torch Corniche

It can’t have been a co-incidence that Tanzania with its historic connections to Oman was the only African nation to join in the relay.

Olympic Torch Muscat
Olympic Torch Muscat

The torch started its short journey at the Dhow ‘Sohar’ – which sailed between Muscat and Canton in 1980 and I saw the flame in the village of Al Takiyah near the palace.