Unexpectedly heavy rain for this time of year all over Oman
I last met Ross Dowling when he hosted a seminar for Oman’s Tour Guides
– so it was really nice Continue reading “Oman’s Tourism and Geology Combine in GeoTourism”
Its always nice to visit the archaeological site of Sumhuram near Salalah Oman as it is constantly evolving as discoveries are made and the site itself is developed.
Amongst the new features is Continue reading “Breakfast with Saudis and a visit to Sumhuram”
We arrived into Salalah after Eid in Muscat, where the temperature over Eid was in the mid 40s centigrade,
for a cool reception Continue reading “Salalah in Oman the cooler side of life”
It always nice to have visitors
and this trip was with Continue reading “Words and Wadis in Oman”
Rain is welcome in Salalah Oman , it keeps the mountains green and these are a great source of pride to the local population; and helps all the fruit farmers in the town with better water supply.
But even better than rain – is Continue reading “Rain in Salalah”
up in Jebel Akhdar
During the week of holidays in Oman we went up to the heights of Oman’s Jebel Akhdar. With thinner, cooler air its good to go walking and we enjoyed the agriculture.
Fields of Pomegranates Continue reading “Oman Holidays”
are searched for a falaj
Somewhere underground is water – but in a parched landscape with a shimmering heat haze – where?
Over the stony landscape we searched Continue reading “Omans shimmering mountains”
was the focus of a book, launched today
The launch of the book ‘Oases of Oman’ was held today.
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.
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 .
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.
A stormy few days are forecast as all schools in Muscat are advised to close on Sunday by the Education Ministry
bustling in the build up to 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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
The storks spread through the hills feeding on insects; they also congregate in an area next to hundreds of eagles.