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”

Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch

It was kind of the printing press where my new book is being worked on to let me see the first page go into the machine as a white page, and a few moments later appear at the other end of the machine in full colour.

The first page of the book being printed
The first page of the book being printed

Using a Heidelberg press, Continue reading “Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch”

Bandar Jissah in Muscat Oman

It was in 1986 that I first ventured into Bandar Jissah in Muscat (the beach is often called Qantab Beach), along the dirt track which wound down the wadi towards I knew not, but the grand scenery was draw enough.

I found the beach, in an amphitheatre of mountains cascading into the sea, and from it I have swum since then.

Bandar Jissah Beach
Bandar Jissah Beach

Yesterday was probably the last time Continue reading “Bandar Jissah in Muscat Oman”

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

It was good to meet up with Kim Tan, Director of Business Development at the Shangri-la,  after his recent business trip to Moscow.

Kim Tan of Shangri-La
Kim Tan of Shangri-La

Apart from Continue reading “Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa”

Cruise Ships arrive in Muscat for cruise excursions

While waiting for passenger disembarkation I managed to get a few pictures of the arrival of the Cruise Ships in Muscat.

Silver Wind enters Muscat Port
Silver Wind enters Muscat Port

They offer a contrast in size and Continue reading “Cruise Ships arrive in Muscat for cruise excursions”

Oman’s Tourism and Geology Combine in GeoTourism

I last met Ross Dowling when he hosted a seminar for Oman’s Tour Guides

Ross Dowling
Ross Dowling

– so it was really nice Continue reading “Oman’s Tourism and Geology Combine in GeoTourism”

Oman’s Mina Sultan Qaboos

Port Sultan Qaboos will be redeveloped according to Oman’s Ministry of Transport.

Noble Caledonia's Island Sky in Mina Sultan Qaboos
Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky in Mina Sultan Qaboos

The port will be given over to tourism and the Continue reading “Oman’s Mina Sultan Qaboos”

Oman’s Three Seas

a journey

Making the most of Oman’s coast Ernest Meili took a journey down the 1700kms or so of Oman’s coastline. He talked about his experience, in one of the best talks held by the ESO.

1700 kilometers by Kayak
1700 kilometers by Kayak

I really look forward to doing the same journey with Nobel Caledonia on their Oman Cruise and hope my talks will be as interesting.

Brilliance of the Seas

to be joined in Muscat by Seabourn Legend in a couple of years

Brilliance of the Seas in Muscat
Brilliance of the Seas in Muscat

Joining the Costa and Aida ships, Brilliance of the Seas is now a regular arrival for us in Muscat bringing people for a visit into Oman

As its a new destination for her it will take time for the cruise excursions to be tailored to her passengers needs but I am confident that Muscat will be one of her more popular port calls in the Gulf cruises.

Christmas in Oman

enjoying a warm sunny beach

With all the unsettled weather it was great to have sunny weather and enjoy Christmas in Oman along the coast of Oman.

Christmas in Oman on a Beach
Christmas in Oman on a Beach

After seeing Dolphin our destination was reached – a secluded bay to enjoy an Omani  Christmas Day Sea Food Barbeque.

Prawn ready to cook
Prawn ready to cook

Cruise Ship comes into Muscat

to take shore excursions in Oman

Avoiding the rain the Aida arrives into Mina Sultan Qaboos, Muscat.

Arriving into Mina Sultan Qaboos
Arriving into Mina Sultan Qaboos

This is probably the most colourful ship coming into Oman – and on a weekly basis does brighten up the harbour as the visitors spend part of their holidays in Oman.

Aida in Mina Sultan Qaboos
Aida in Mina Sultan Qaboos

Some cruise excursions during the type of heavy rain we have been having, needed to be cancelled, but better safe than sorry.

Tropic of Cancer Oman and my magazine article about it

I chased the sun through Oman along the Tropic of Cancer

On my search for the Tropic of Cancer Oman I almost literally crawled up the slopes of Jebel Misht and then made a very tired stumble back into the car – saw sunset in the Rub Al Khali and had a puncture on the way out.

Tropic of Cancer in Wadi bani Awf
Tropic of Cancer Wadi bani Awf

Its one of the Earths Continue readingTropic of Cancer Oman and my magazine article about it