Christmas comes but once a year and busy Father Christmas has a lot of ground to cover.
Here he is enjoying a spot of R & R in a shopping complex in Muscat as Anil, the Magician of Muscat, performs for a crowd.
On Thursday, the Environment Society of Oman made a visit to the Oman Native Animal area at Bait al Baraka Palace.
The somewhat fierce reputation of Hyenas (here Hyaena hyaena sultana) was a bit diminished by an apparent friendship with a black cat. In Bait Al Baraka they also have a large breeding herd of Arabian Oryx, presumably because of issues in Jaluni.