Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman

A Tropical Cyclone named Mekunu, has formed 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 will provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone.

Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA
Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA

Circulatory windspeeds of around 65kmph combined with the barrier formed by the high coastal mountains which are at least 1,000m above the sea,  will mean that rainfall on the sea-facing mountains will be intense. Landfall is likely to be Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”

Oman Visa application process is updated

Visiting Oman? Read on…
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.

Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman
Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman

Initial newspaper reports on Feb 18th gave Continue reading “Oman Visa application process is updated”

Oman & Jordan guided small group tour

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 with me in their new tour program.

Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside
Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside

The size of the group 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 Taxi services – new regulations

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

Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White
Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White

a GPS based one, along with a navigation system, perhaps Continue reading “Oman Taxi services – new regulations”

Oman Budget 2018

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.

Central Bank of Oman - Muscat
Central Bank of Oman – Muscat

Income is anticipated to rise Continue reading “Oman Budget 2018”

Oman and China sign for development of Bagamoyo Port in Tanzania

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

Sewage Pipeline Works Muscat
Sewage Pipeline Works Muscat

which must have been a steep learning curve Continue reading “Oman and China sign for development of Bagamoyo Port in Tanzania”

Archaeological Site of Salut in Oman

Some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern Oman, 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.

Salut - Oman
Salut – Oman – scale see people on hill.

The site is at the flood plain formed by Continue reading “Archaeological Site of Salut in Oman”

Omans Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront has new developer

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.

DAMAC & Oman Government organisations signing
DAMAC & Oman Government organisations signing

It will be part of the overall Continue reading “Omans Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront has new developer”

Oman has a new online Visa Application Website

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.

ROP eVISA
ROP eVISA

The system is part Continue reading “Oman has a new online Visa Application Website”

Oman Visa regulations are revised

Tourist Visa regulations for Oman have just been revised by the issuing authority, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) , on both effective price and period.

Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman
Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman

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”

Sooty Falcon in Oman

Oman is a destination for migratory birds during  Spring and Autumn. Some pass through, others like White Storks and Steppe Eagles overwinter in Oman using it as a food larder and return to breeding grounds to the north. But there are some that come to Oman and breed, and included in these are the Sooty Falcon, Falco concolor.

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor - Oman
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor – Oman

The Sooty Falcon is a medium-sized falcon with, as its name suggests, a colour that is a shade of grey, perhaps Continue reading “Sooty Falcon in Oman”

Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report

With a Tax spend towards car transport of GBPound33Billion the United Kingdom still lags behind countries in The Gulf in terms of their repair state

Muscat Nizwa Road Oman
Muscat Nizwa Road Oman

with the UAE rated as Continue reading “Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report”

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February

Iran is rapidly become a key element in Oman’s economic and political future. On Wednesday 15th February 2017 Iranian President Rouhani will pay a brief visit to Sultan Qaboos in the morning before flying to Kuwait, which is the next chair of the GCC. Both Oman and Kuwait have important Shia Muslim populations, in Kuwait these are focused in business; my employer in Saudi whose family is Shia being perhaps the largest private company in Kuwait.

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos
President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos

In Oman however Continue reading “President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February”