Strike at Lulu Supermarket

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.

Strike Action at Lulu
Strike Action at Lulu

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Legends Barcelona and Real Madrid in Oman

As a great start to the weekend we had a nice evening at Al Bustan Palace,

Legends Invitations
Legends Invitations

to join legends from the Barcelona and Real Madrid football teams before their ‘Legends Cup’ match in Muscat.

Barcelona Team
Barcelona Team

The meal was a Continue reading “Legends Barcelona and Real Madrid in Oman”

Tour in Oman over Christmas

We took a small group from Steppes Travel on a tour in Oman over Christmas over Christmas.

Al Hamra Oman Tour in Oman over Christmas
Al Hamra Oman

Since I started operating this for The Traveller (British Museum Tours)  who Steppes purchased Continue reading “Tour in Oman over Christmas”

Visiting Ubhar in Muscat

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.

Ubhars metal covered menu
Ubhars metal covered menu

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.

A very good soup at Ubhar
A very good soup at Ubhar

One to visit again.

Oman Air to Muscat

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).

English Fields
English Fields

On the ground the constant downpours have forced the birds of the garden under the creepers, Continue reading “Oman Air to Muscat”