10 Reasons to visit Muscat this Winter 10-6

10           For the music lover in you, reasons to visit Muscat this winter has to include one of the best Opera houses in the world. Most winter weekends there is a performance, perhaps of Opera itself or occasionally Ballet.

Royal Opera House- Muscat - Oman 10 reasons to visit muscat this winter
Royal Opera House- Muscat – Oman

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OMAN’S TOP 5 MARCH 2019 ACTIVITIES with a great Opera Performance and Camel Racing

With the days still not too hot and the evenings pleasantly warm March is a fantastic time to get out and about for Oman’s Top 5 things to do in March.

The month usually has world-class performers at the Royal Opera House – past performers have included Anna Netrebko and a rising star Yusif Eyvazov. This March enjoy Lakme the opera by Léo Delibes with the wonderful “Bell Song” ( L’air des Clochettes)

and “Flower Duet”  (Duo des fleurs – known the British Airways theme after it was used in their adverts – the video is a superlative performance by Sabine Devieilhe & Marianne Crebassa – who are not performing in Oman)

Royal Opera House Muscat Oman’s Top 5 things to do in March
Royal Opera House Muscat

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Camel Racing in Oman

from a BBC program

Late 2009 we organized a Camel week in Oman for a TV program – culminating in their participating in a Couple of Camel Races .

Well – here is part of the resulting TV program – the really chaotic pursuit of the racing Camels by their trainers in cars.

You can also read about a visit we made to camel races in Oman a few years ago

Nizwa Fort Oman

during our tour in Northern Oman

With nice bright skies and comfortable temperatures our guests enjoyed taking time while on holiday in Oman to watch Camel racing.

Camel Race in Oman
Camel Race in Oman

The next day the newly tiled Mosque at Nizwa made an excellent subject for photographs – before returning to Muscat.

Taking Photos in Nizwa Fort
Taking Photos in Nizwa Fort

Camel Racing in Oman the new way

into the future with Robot jockeys

As a child I enjoyed Horse Riding – and occasional jumping. Though of course not as skilled as the 9 year old British children who enter the show jumping events at the UK’s Pony Club I cannot recollect my having a serious fall.

Perhaps it was this enjoyment of riding that attracted me to Camel Racing in Oman; though Camels don’t jump

Robot Jockeys
Robot Jockeys

they manage most other things , including beauty competitions.

The start of this years Camel Racing Season in Oman marks a departure from previous years. The jockeys – young Bedu boys from the local communities close to the race, with all their swagger and bravado – have disappeared, to be replaced by Robots.

Authentically Omani Bedu Jockeys
Authentically Omani Bedu Jockeys

I will certainly miss the cultural interest in future Camel races – and hope that the Pony Club in England doesn’t eject the British youngsters from their saddles in favour of robots.