11 Eid Events in Oman

There are lots of Eid Events in Oman (cultural, family oriented and a horse event)   this August 2018 – check them out and some places to see when you visit each.

22nd August 2nd Day of Eid 16:00 – onwards; SUR – N’ama Beach

Lighthouse and Al Ayjah - Sur
Lighthouse and Al Ayjah – Sur

Sur with its 2 forts Continue reading “11 Eid Events in Oman”

Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman

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 .

Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk Archaeology in Oman
Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk about a little studied region in Oman

Dr Kennet has Continue reading “Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman”

Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.

Wilfred Thesiger in Oman
Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man

His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman

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.

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

Circulatory windspeeds of around 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 in their new tour program, lead by me.

Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside
Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside

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 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 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

Salut Oman the archaeological site is some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern OmanIt 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. If entry is permitted I have included it in my updated Bradt Guide to Oman, below.

Archaeological Site of Salut - Oman
Archaeological Site of 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”