Oman’s Mwasalat Bus Service has announced changes
June though its mid-summer is often not as searing as May, though that’s often because the rise in humidity also drops the temperature. This year June is the month of Ramadhan when many hotels offer special meals after dusk.
Indoor bowling is a great activity during Ramadhan as Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in June 2017”
Staying at Anantara Al Baleed Salalah, (Scroll down for Video of car on road) Audi has just completed
a Press launch in Oman Continue reading “Audi RS 3 Launch in Oman”
Travco, the Egyptian conglomerate which seems to operate under an integrated system looks as if it is focusing on Oman. The company has operated as a low profile tour operated company in Oman for a number of years with much of its business fed in from Dubai.
As an integrated operator it probably will try to operate in the entire field a client requires and certainly in Egypt as 50% partner in Air Arabia Egypt, various hotel brands Sol Y Mar, Jaz, Nile Cruise ships & ground operator the model worked well, until the down turn in tourism.
The focus in Oman should be a surefooted one, having operated as a tour company in the country since 2006. They intend to open a new ‘InterCity’ Hotel in Salalah. The hotel will be a town based hotel in the main commercial office area which will give it good access to much of the town and region. This will be the first intercity hotel outside Europe, where Travco also own a number of other chains, and suggests that they feel Oman will offer a good alternative to Egypt, as do Orascom who set up Muriya in Oman a few years ago.
Over the last couple of weeks Oman, and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, has been blanketed by massive dust storms. Visibility has been reduced to meters and Flights cancelled. Seeing the dust from the Ground is one thing, from Space is another – and thanks to NASA here is that perspective Continue reading “Dust Storm Over Oman”
Having been in the heart of all the storms before the National Day holidays it was great to escape for a tour around Salalah.
Tucked away under the shade of my breakfast source, Lulu in Darsait, I saw this well travelled car. Well travelled not just from Salalah, where I photoed it last week, to Muscat – but after 6 years on the road it has the most kilometres of any non production car.
Victor the buggy is a hand made gem, with a Continue reading “Victor the buggy in Muscat from Salalah”
One of my favourite images are of Oman’s Arab Horses decked out in traditional silver. Marco Polo wrote about them in his book ‘The Travels’ – “and the merchants take a great number of Arab horses to that market (of India from Al Balid)”
Flying down to Salalah after visiting northern Oman we have been visiting some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Oman.
Some of the group enjoyed Continue reading “Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.”
I dropped into Al Roya’s office and saw the ‘dummy’ of my book.
It was kind of the printing press where my new book is being worked on to let me see the first page go into the machine as a white page, and a few moments later appear at the other end of the machine in full colour.
Using a Heidelberg press, Continue reading “Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch”
With part of our group from The Traveller it was good to visit Salalah,
We took a few days to visit Salalah to escape Muscat’s still sizzling 40c+ temperature for some صلالة تائيم (Salalah Time)
where the sizzle turned into drizzle and Continue reading “Salalah Time in Oman”
In January last year I was delighted to give lots of talks about Oman as ‘Guest Lecturer’ on the Island Sky as it cruised from Salalah to past Abu Dhabi.
This year in November the American Continue reading “The Gulf with Clipper Odyssey in November”
It was a nice surprise to see the familiar face of Allesandro near Salalah.
He had previously Continue reading “Dhows and Gazelles in Dhofar”