Holidays in Oman 2018 and 2019

When visiting Oman, public holidays and the weekend are different from those in ‘western’ countries. Read on www.TonyWalsh.me

Mosque interior
Mosque interior

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Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.

Sultan Qaboos who as well as being Oman’s Head of State is also the country’s Prime Minister and Foreign, Defence & Finance Minister. The country has had a Deputy Prime Minister H.H Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said who frequently chairs cabinet meetings whose members include the Cabinet Ministers responsible for Foreign, Defence & Financial affairs.

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

On March 2nd Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.”

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

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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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Sultan Qaboos lays foundation stone for the ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’

in Manah

Sultan Qaboos has laid the foundation stone for the new ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’.

Sultan Qaboos lays foundation Stone for the ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’
Sultan Qaboos lays foundation Stone for the ‘Oman Across Ages Museum’

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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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Mina Qaboos hosts the yacht Pelorus David Geffen’s beautiful ship, here for Ramadhan

Berthed in Mina Sultan Qaboos,

David Geffen’s yacht Pelorus in Mina Sultan Qaboos
David Geffen’s yacht Pelorus in Mina Sultan Qaboos

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Oman Tattoo 2010

for Sultan Qaboos

It was nice to watch the Oman Tattoo which is one of several large scale events for the 40th National Day in Oman.

Apart from the superb mass marching there was a night time parachute drop – and some of the parachutists managed to land on the bright spot.

Parachute descents for the Oman Tattoo
Parachute descents for the Oman Tattoo

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