UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm

In north-western Oman are the ancient tombs and monuments associated with the UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm. UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites describes Bat as ‘the most complete and best-known site of the 3rd millennium BC’.

UNESCO - Bat Tomb - Oman
UNESCO – Bat Tomb – Oman

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Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

Qalhat in Oman, 22kms north-west of the port town of Sur is Oman’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Site, following from the announcement of Al Ahsa in Saudi Arabia.

Water Cistern – Qalhat in Oman - UNESCO
Water Cistern – Qalhat UNESCO – Oman

Qalhat is an Continue reading “Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites”

Salut, Bahla Oman Archaeological Site

Salut, Bahla Oman the archaeological site is some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern Oman. It 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, Bahla Oman
Archaeological Site of Salut – Oman – scale see people on hill.

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Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair

promoting a range of books including my book ‘Walking Through History’

Muscat Book Fair, the annual event is always busy with buyers and often lots of interesting new books.

Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair
Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair

Most of Oman’s publishers have a stand and many of Continue reading “Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair”

Oman’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Oman has just had three new listings added to UNESCOs Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity inscriptions; adding to the existing four cultural listings.

Serving Arabic coffee is an important aspect of hospitality in Arab societies and is a tradition that dates back many centuries. It is considered a ceremonial act of generosity.

Omani Coffee being served
Omani Coffee being served

Naturally the Continue reading “Oman’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”

Y Magazine of Oman does a double page about the book.

Y Magazine’ s Kate Ginn rang me last week regarding the book and after a chat asked for photos. I of course expected a short piece with a photo or two. So it was fantastic to open up Y Magazine this morning and see a double page spread about the book. You can read it here http://www.y-oman.com/2013/03/heritage-hunter/ (thanks Kate)

Y Magazine article about Walking Through History
Y Magazine article about Walking Through History

Book signing in Sohar

Penny’s Cafe in Sohar was a great venue for our book signing. We arrived after a drive from Muscat and enjoyed not only Penny’s fantastic cakes – but afterwards a dinner in the Butterfly Hotel near the beach.

Tony at Book Signing in Sohar
Tony at Book Signing in Sohar

Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.

Flying down to Salalah after visiting northern Oman our group from Steppes Travel have been visiting some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Oman.

Khor Rori the UNESCO Site in southern Oman
Khor Rori the UNESCO Site in southern Oman

Some of the group enjoyed Continue reading “Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.”

Special Offer on Oman Book ready to launch on February 14

Do you live in Oman? Would you like a great price on the book ‘Walking through History’? Its all about Oman’s 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bat, Al Ayn and Al Kutm; Bahla; 5 Aflaj Systems and the Land of Frankincense.

Filled with unique colour images and well researched information – this is the first Coffee Table Book about Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites .

If you want it as a gift or to enjoy yourself – Crème de la Crème magazine have decided to help support the book’s launch.

Walking Through History Book offers
Walking Through History Book offers

Pick up a copy of the new February issue of Crème de la Crème magazine. Then take the magazine into their office of the building on ’ al Elm Street‘ in Al Khuwair ‘(opposite the Platinum Hotel off Dohat al Adab Street ) – and you will get Rial Omani 5/- off a copy of the book – its already in the Al Roya warehouse for the launch on February 14th.

Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule

I dropped into Al Roya’s office and saw the ‘dummy’ of my book.

Front Cover Book Walking Through History
Front Cover Book Walking Through History

All the pages have Continue reading “Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule”

World Heritage in Oman on World Heritage Day

18 April is World Heritage Day. In the far south of Oman are the sites under the UNESCO citation Land of Frankincense.

Frankincense Wadi Dawkah
Frankincense Wadi Dawkah

The Frankincense Tree itself can be found in places scattered throughout the Dhofar Mountains, including here at Wadi Dawkah, the UNESCO WHS.

World Heritage Sites in Oman

month by month in 2011

Oman has a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which we often take clients during their Oman Holidays .

We chose this image of one of the tombs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bat to use as the September page in a 2011 years calendar.

UNESCO 2011 Oman
UNESCO 2011 calendar Oman

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