Oasis of Oman

was the focus of a book, launched today

The launch of the book ‘Oases of Oman’ was held today.

Professor Andreas Buerkert talks about Oman's Oasis
Professor Andreas Buerkert talks about Oman’s Oasis

Professors Andreas Buerkert & Eva Schlecht gave a very interesting supporting presentation which focused on the historical nature of them and the various pressures they are under today.

Rain in Oman’s Mountains

and schools in Muscat are to close on Sunday as a precaution

We spent a wonderful day up in the cool of Oman’s northern mountains. For much of the time we were under cloud cover which, as the day wore on, increased .

Shafts of Sunlight in Omans Mountains
Shafts of Sunlight in Omans Mountains

 

Its unusual to have extensive cloud cover here, but on the drive home we drove through about 150kms of intermittent rain – arriving in Muscat to find that the rain probably arrived in Muscat first, before covering the mountain peaks inland.

Corniche Muttrah
Corniche Muttrah

A stormy few days are forecast as all schools in Muscat are advised to close on Sunday by the Education Ministry

Nizwa Market in Oman

bustling in the build up to Eid

Nizwa Souq in Oman before Eid
Nizwa Souq in Oman before Eid

Starting off in Al Sawadi we made a stop in Nizwa to enjoy the Friday market . Though our guests have visited Oman with us every year for the last six years the market is still a must see . This years was especially busy as it was in the build up to Eid.

Walking along the Coast of Dhofar
Walking along the Coast of Dhofar

Then on through the Wahiba Sands and down the coast to arrive in Salalah several days later . The summer Monsoon’s green had largely disappeared – but a very enjoyable walk along the coast still took us through areas of vegetation – while in the water Turtles and Sharks swam in surprisingly close proximity .

A weekend wedding in the mountains of Oman

Joining in the celebrations for a wedding in the Jebel Akhdar Oman

Making the steep climb by car up to Jebel Akhdar I arrived in the late afternoon to join the celebrations for a friend’s wedding in the mountains.

Wedding Arrival Oman
Wedding Arrival Oman

The formal betrothal had taken place last year and today would be the start of married life. Of course, it was a busy affair, as all Omani weddings are, with probably most households in the village joining in. Since this was a ‘town persons’ wedding we set off, in a queue of cars , to take the bride to the grooms home .

Date Tree in Omans Mountains
Date Tree in Omans Mountains

The next day I managed to have an early morning walk through the mountains before having a very enjoyable lunch at a simple reception to congratulate the groom.

Eagles and White Stork in Oman

Driving down from Muscat I arrived in Salalah just as the first of the White Storks and migratory Eagles arrived for the winter .

Eagle Salalah
Eagle Salalah

The storks spread through the hills feeding on insects; they also congregate in an area next to hundreds of eagles.

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