Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Sultan Qaboos Al Said has received in Bait Al Barakah Muscat, Oman, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Israeli security & intelligence Ministers.

Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The visit comes in the same Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”

Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said

Sultan Qaboos as well as being Oman’s Head of State is also the country’s Prime Minister and Foreign, Defence & Finance Minister. He has just appointed Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said

Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)
Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)

who is his cousin as Continue reading “Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said”

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”

Royal Opera House Muscat

In 2001, Sultan Qaboos set up the project, initially called ‘House of Musical Arts’; subsequently, the name ‘Royal Opera House Muscat ‘ was used, and design started in 2003.

Royal Opera House under construction 2010 - Muscat
Royal Opera House under construction 2010 – Muscat

The opera house was opened on October 12, 2011 by Continue reading “Royal Opera House Muscat”

Sultan Qaboos at Council of Ministers

in Muscat Oman

Today Sultan Qaboos bin Said presided over the Council of Ministers meeting at Bait Al Barakah.

sultan qaboos presides over council of ministers oman
sultan qaboos presides over council of ministers oman

He reviewed Oman’s relations with its neighbours, the nation’s Education and the current Economic situation. He also Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos at Council of Ministers”

Opinions about Oman

in a volatile region

Giorgio Cafiero, contributes articles to a number of media organisations about the Arabian Gulf (yes as we are in Oman it’s not the Persian Gulf at the moment). After some analyses of the background of foreign fighters by ‘The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence’ (an organisation created by various academic institutions)  in Syria he noticed there were none from Oman. In his article in the online Huffington Post he notes that “unlike other Gulf Arab monarchies, hard-line Wahhabism/Salafism is not

Red Bull 5Pics opening
Red Bull 5Pics opening

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Celebrations for the return to Oman of Sultan Qaboos

at Oman’s Royal Opera House

The welcome return to Oman of Sultan Qaboos has been celebrated throughout Oman. Probably nowhere as spectacularly as at the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera House Sound and Light welcomes Sultan Qaboos home.
Royal Opera House Sound and Light welcomes Sultan Qaboos home.

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