Muscat Festival 2019, Oman’s month-long entertainment and cultural event
Arriving at the fruit and vegetable counter to get my Clementines weighed I was told firmly, but very politely, by the two Omani staff manning the scales that they were on strike. The staff on strike wore distinctive clothing and were asking for increased wage, bonus and better physical areas to work in.
Lulu seems to be one Continue reading “Strike at Lulu Supermarket”
As a great start to the weekend we had a nice evening at Al Bustan Palace,
to join legends from the Barcelona and Real Madrid football teams before their ‘Legends Cup’ match in Muscat.
The meal was a Continue reading “Legends Barcelona and Real Madrid in Oman”
I enjoyed leading a small group from Steppes Travel on a tour in Oman over Christmas over Christmas.
Since I started operating this for The Traveller (British Museum Tours) who Steppes purchased Continue reading “Tour in Oman over Christmas”
Shawarma Sandwiches in Oman are a staple snack. Made from lamb or, as here, chicken grilled on a vast rotating stand they are ready to go in less than a minute.
a stand out on the food scene in Muscat – for lots of reasons
Ubhar is one of the more distinctive restaurants in Muscat (unusual addition of an ‘h’ into what is more usually spelt Ubar). Its in a central location in Qurm with a discrete appearance from the outside. Inside however it’s a fusion with dark wood, shocking fuchsia cushions and clear Perspex chairs – almost 1960s retro.
The restaurant opened a few months ago and is probably suffering from the economic slump and a focus by the affluent local population on coffee shops and fast food . They are missing a unique experience . Standouts were the Appetizers, Soup, and Crème Caramel – the very personable service by the maître d’hôtel and his 100% Omani staff.
One to visit again.
With the opening of Al Bustan Palace Hotel the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants and bars are getting into their rhythm .
Though it will not accept Continue reading “Restaurants in Al Bustan Palace Hotel Oman”
We had a 100 year old drink in Ramadhan
I was delighted to share Iftar with a friend – Iftar is the Break-fast meal after the fasting during daylight hours during Ramadhan.
It is a breakfast in a double meaning Continue reading “Ramadhan in Oman”
Flying from the green of an English Summer into Muscat on Oman Air
The rain of a typical British Summer has kept trees in early summer leaf (except the Horse Chestnut which, where we live, has been badly affected by the new fungus which creates an Autumn brown off in early July).
On the ground the constant downpours have forced the birds of the garden under the creepers, Continue reading “Oman Air to Muscat”