Oman’s Frankincense

Oman’s Frankincense would have been the original cash crop if cash had been invented 3,500 years ago; but in those days it was a crop of barter, royal gift or the spoil of war.

Adoration of the Magi - Museo Pio Cristiano
Adoration of the Magi – Museo Pio Cristiano

The most famous use of Frankincense is Continue reading “Oman’s Frankincense”

Oman’s Top 5 things to do in June

June though its mid-summer is often not as searing as May, though that’s often because the rise in humidity also drops the temperature. This year June is the month of Ramadhan when many hotels offer special meals after dusk. So here are the top 5 things to do in June in Oman.

Bowling at Fun Zone - Muscat
Bowling at Fun Zone – Muscat

Indoor bowling is a great activity during Ramadhan as Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in June”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three

One of the original Christmas Gifts and primarily from Oman, Frankincense is a ‘must have’ to bring back home after your visit into the country.

Frankincense Tree Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Dhofar

Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) is both Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three”

Bait Al Luban Restaurant Muttrah

for a nice meal

Opposite the Fish Souq (still under renovation) in Muttrah is a restored old house. On the upper floor is the Bait Al Luban Restaurant (Bait Al Luban is Arabic for Frankincense House ).

Luban Restaurant Room
Bait Al Luban Restaurant Room

Its decor is re-imagined traditional Omani and sets the atmosphere nicely. The restaurant has only just opened so diners were outnumbered by staff, however rather than Continue reading “Bait Al Luban Restaurant Muttrah”

Oman’s famed plants in Dhofar

Within the slopes and valleys of the southern mountains of Oman are an extraordinary variety of flora. They inhabit an environment that can change from wet cloud soaked biome to bone-dry desert in the period of a few days or meters. Grass dominates the mountain upper plateau while the sea-facing slopes are have Anogeissus dhofarica as their dominant plant.
Though many plants catch a visitors interest, four are Continue reading “Oman’s famed plants in Dhofar”

Trip to Salalah and a focus on Frankincense

At the end of the Khareef is a great time to visit Salalah. We visited the nice Land of Frankincense Museum and saw a Frankincense Flower being pollinated by an Apis Florea bee.

Bee on a Frankincense Flower
Bee on a Frankincense Flower

Unexpectedly Continue reading “Trip to Salalah and a focus on Frankincense”

Y Magazine of Oman does a double page about the book.

Y Magazine’ s Kate Ginn rang me last week regarding the book and after a chat asked for photos. I of course expected a short piece with a photo or two. So it was fantastic to open up Y Magazine this morning and see a double page spread about the book. You can read it here http://www.y-oman.com/2013/03/heritage-hunter/ (thanks Kate)

Y Magazine article about Walking Through History
Y Magazine article about Walking Through History

Arab Horses in Oman looking splendid before an event.

One of my favourite images are of Oman’s Arab Horses decked out in traditional silver.  Marco Polo wrote about them in his book ‘The Travels’ –  “and the merchants take a great number of Arab horses to that market (of India from Al Balid)”

Arab Horses from the book ‘Walking Through History’
Arab Horses from the book ‘Walking Through History’

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Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.

Flying down to Salalah after visiting northern Oman we have been visiting some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Oman.

Khor Rori the UNESCO Site in southern Oman
Khor Rori the UNESCO Site in southern Oman

Some of the group enjoyed Continue reading “Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.”

Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule

I dropped into Al Roya’s office and saw the ‘dummy’ of my book.

Front Cover Book Walking Through History
Front Cover Book Walking Through History

All the pages have Continue reading “Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule”

International Museum Day 2012 Oman Land of Frankincense Museum in Salalah

As the 18th May is International Museum Day I thought

Snakes of Bronze
Snakes of Bronze

it would be nice to have a picture from Oman’s Land of Frankincense Museum in Salalah, probably my favourite Museum in Oman.

World Heritage in Oman on World Heritage Day

18 April is World Heritage Day. In the far south of Oman are the sites under the UNESCO citation Land of Frankincense.

Frankincense Wadi Dawkah
Frankincense Wadi Dawkah

The Frankincense Tree itself can be found in places scattered throughout the Dhofar Mountains, including here at Wadi Dawkah.

Omani Frankincense as a picture calendar for 2012

For 2012 I’ve just done a Frankincense Calendar.

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh 2012
Gold Frankincense and Myrrh 2012

Its got 13 pictures all about Frankincense in Oman including Continue reading “Omani Frankincense as a picture calendar for 2012”