After the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA) Annual General Meeting, there was a good chance to listen to Dr Derek Kennet talk about Archaeology in Oman and especially the Iron Age archaeology of a little-studied region in Oman .
On the First Day of Christmas in Oman
transport is essential Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman”
Frankincense is such an evocative word for many religious people, but few have a chance to visit the real Land of Frankincense in Dhofar. Its associated with religious ceremonies worldwide and of course with the gifts brought by the 3 Kings, or Wise Men, to Jesus.
We flew down to Oman’s Continue reading “Frankincense in Dhofar”
In times past young Omani Bedu boys were allowed to race Camels.
Today is a great day to remember. Why? Continue reading “12 Camels in Oman and 12 Omani riders”
Hot on the heels of Tonny’s art exhibition, Abdullah Al Shuhi has launched his new book ‘Oman Living Traditions’ at Bait al Baranda.
I first met Abdullah almost 20 Continue reading “Abdullah Al Shuhi’s new book – ‘Oman Living Traditions’”
We arrived into Salalah after Eid in Muscat, where the temperature over Eid was in the mid 40s centigrade,
for a cool reception Continue reading “Salalah in Oman the cooler side of life”
What a nice start to the New Year in Oman – snow on the mountains a few days ago and dazzingly clear skys in Muscat.
Of course its going to be a year full of the unexpected, but a certainty is that there will be but lots of 1’s – as here on 1/1/11 .
missing from Oman
Passing a Camel I searched for a good spot to sleep
Oman’s beachs sometimes have huge numbers of sea birds, mainly Gulls and Terns. Here, on a beach I was driving past, large numbers of Gulls descend on fish scraps thrown away by fishermen .
This beach is long with the gulls concentrated where the fishing boats beach to offload their catch.
With so many birds I sometimes prefer the silence of Oman’s wadis to sleep in; so I drove through this wadi as the sun set – passing this camel who was in a bit of a rush to get somewhere. The night was nice and cool – and the bright full moon lit up the landscape till dawn.
Special Greetings to you – from Rudolph the Red Nosed Camel and me, here in Oman
Here in Oman, rather than Reindeer, Father Christmas needs to use Camels, sand is quite different from snow of course. Since Father Christmas is no longer as young as he once was, his memory is sometimes poor so he naturally gives all his Sleigh pullers the same set of names.
I was lucky to find Rudolph the Red Nosed Camel, just before they set off last year in Oman. The NORAD Santa Tracker will follow his worldwide journey http://www.noradsanta.org/en/home.html .
I know he would want to wish you a very special Christmas and a great New Year for 2009 – as do I.