Oman’s Royal Oman Police have announced more alterations to Oman’s Tourist Visas.
After the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA) Annual General Meeting, there was a good chance to listen to Dr Derek Kennet talk about Archaeology in Oman and especially the Iron Age archaeology of a little-studied region in Oman .
Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.
His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”
Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman and has formed to the south of the southern Oman coast of Dhofar. This Cyclone is relatively weak, with the ‘eye’ disintegrating and forward speed of less than 10kmph. However, the ocean surface temperature remains at over 31c and this will certainly provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone as it approaches the coast.
Circulatory windspeeds of around Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”
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The issuing authority of visas for Oman, the Royal Oman Police have announced that the Oman Visa application process is updated – read what needs to be done to apply for an Oman visit visa.
Initial newspaper reports on Feb 18th gave Continue reading “Oman Visa application process is updated”
It’s always a pleasure to travel leading a small group tour. Zegrahm Expeditions, acclaimed for their exceptional programs, have included a guided small group tour to Oman & Jordan in their new tour program, lead by me.
The size of this Oman & Jordan escorted tour enables us to organise experiences that may not be available for an individual traveller. However, a small group usually does allow flexibility to Continue reading “Oman & Jordan guided small group tour”
Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications have said that all Taxis (including the original Orange and White unmetered ones) will soon have fares set by the appropriate government authority . The Ministry intends to study supply & demand and operational costs, throughout the Sultanate.
Its reported vehicles should have a tracking system, presumably
a GPS based one, along with a navigation system, perhaps Continue reading “Oman Taxi services – new regulations”
Oman has created its 2018 Budget, an increase from 2017 proposed figure of 11.7Billion Omani Rials (30.5BillionUS$appx) to 12.5Billion Omani Rials (32.5BillionUS$appx)an increase of 6.8%. Oman’s GDP is hoped to increase by 3% in 2018.
Income is anticipated to rise Continue reading “Oman Budget 2018”
The relationship between Oman and China appears to becoming closer. China had a bumpy start in projects in Oman; its companies were involved the initial states of the Wastewater project
which must have been a steep learning curve Continue reading “Oman and China sign for development of Bagamoyo Port in Tanzania”
Some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern Oman, the Archaeological Site of Salut may well turn out to be at the centre of the most important archaeological location in Oman. However it’s hardly known and is, at the moment, not ‘open’ for casual visits, though I have included it in my updated Bradt Guide to Oman, below, if entry is permitted.
The site is at the flood plain formed by Continue reading “Archaeological Site of Salut in Oman”
Oman’s OMRAN, the Oman Government Tourism development company, and UAE-based company DAMAC have announced a development partnership to develop the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront into a $1 billion major integrated tourism and lifestyle destination in Muscat.
It will be part of the overall Continue reading “Omans Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront has new developer”
The latest ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2017 shows that the youth in the Arab World may be closer to their western counterparts viewpoint than many think.
The survey was conducted Continue reading “Arab Youth Survey 2017”
The new on-line Visa Application from the Royal Oman Police (ROP) will allow tourists to eliminate one queue at Muscat International Airport, the one for payment.
The system is part Continue reading “Oman has a new online Visa Application Website”
Tourist Visa regulations for Oman have just been revised by the issuing authority, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) , on both effective price and period.
READ A REVISION ANNOUNCED 24 JUNE 2018 TO SOME OF THE DETAILS BELOW
Previously a 10 day tourist visa was available, on demand at the place of arrival for many nationalities, it cost Rial Omani 5 Continue reading “Oman Visa regulations are revised”
The Oman side of the much needed road crossing into Saudi is having an integrated fuel station built.