Bandar Jissah in Muscat Oman

It was in 1986 that I first ventured into Bandar Jissah in Muscat (the beach is often called Qantab Beach), along the dirt track which wound down the wadi towards I knew not, but the grand scenery was draw enough.

I found the beach, in an amphitheatre of mountains cascading into the sea, and from it I have swum since then.

Bandar Jissah Beach
Bandar Jissah Beach

Yesterday was probably the last time Continue reading “Bandar Jissah in Muscat Oman”

Openings and Closings in Muscat

almost like loosing a friend

 

The National Museum’s work is now under way in Muscat. Jasper Jacob, the designer, has been working on this for many years and has been a great companion with me on journeys through Oman so he can get inspiration for the building.

the new National Museum
the new National Museum

The overall design is Continue reading “Openings and Closings in Muscat”

Ruwi’s wet roads add a sparkle to Oman

Rain soaks Ruwi – and probably a few Donkeys

Wet Roads isn’t typical Arabia – but today after a few drops earlier in the afternoon Ruwi had a thunderstorm and glistening roads and streets were created.

A glistening road in Ruwi
A glistening road in Ruwi

Those few drops happened just as I finished swimming at Bandar Jissah, I only noticed as the car showed them up . Driving away I came upon these Donkeys. They were wandering through the wadi that goes into Bandar Jissah which must be Muscat’s most popular beach at the weekend. Just behind them is the famous Iron Age Cemetery at Bandar Jissah and its associated Iron Age Village .

Donkeys in Bandar Jissah's wadi
Donkeys in Bandar Jissah’s wadi

They are  the first little herd I have seen in the main area of Muscat for many years I suspect they will be spending a wet night in the wadi

Fish and Flora in Oman

The green stuff is very much the focus in Muscat at the moment.

Dr Annette Patzelt
Dr Annette Patzelt

Apart from the green dollars coming in from high oil prices the new Botanical Garden project is now under way and due for completion in 2010 – the same opening time that the new Continue reading “Fish and Flora in Oman”