Tony Walsh – author of Oman guide by Bradt Guides – Podcast Guest

In July 2022 my update to Bradt Guides – Oman guide will be available worldwide.

If you feel that insights about the Arabian Peninsula & the Middle East would interest your listeners – I would be delighted to join you on your Podcast.

My first contact with the Arab World was during the searing heat of mid-summer 1984, when I backpacked around Egypt from Alexandria south to Abu Simbel. I was hooked – and between 1986-2016 worked in the Arabian Peninsula.
Like many workers in the region, I had more than one career.
Initially, I worked in retail, including managing the BHS (British Home Stores) department store franchise in Saudi Arabia and my own import, wholesale and retail business in Oman, where I also ran a franchise, for Disney.
Moving into tourism I operated an inbound tour operator, that had a mix of clients – direct bookings from individuals and acting as ‘ground handler’ for major upmarket cultural travel companies – frequently for groups, I was the tour leader.
When tourism collapsed after 11 September 2001 I was fortunate to get construction contracts from the USAF at their 2 bases in Oman.
Tourism returned to the region and – to help market the tour business I wrote magazine articles and books about Oman.
Books authored by me include the 2022 edition of the Oman guide for Bradt Guides.

For my own travels, I journey independently using local transport – this March 2022 it included Tuk- Tuk, Cycle, Mini/Microbus, Metro and Train in Egypt. This is quite a contrast to handling arrivals for groups into Oman, including VIP round-the-world jets.

Below is a short introduction – and then a couple of expanded bio details, followed by examples of my writing (PDF downloads). At the bottom are images of me.

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CONTACT

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ABOUT TONY WALSH

Short Introduction Version

 Tony Walsh – author ‘Oman’, Bradt Guides 2022 guide to the Sultanate of Oman

Tony Walsh is the author of the 2022 Oman guide for Bradt guides. He lived in Arabia between 1986 & 2016, working primarily in retail and tourism. Since returning to live in England, Tony leads tour groups, speaks on board cruise ships and has written several books on the region.
Tony can be found online by searching for @realTonyWalsh

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Medium  Version

 Tony Walsh – author ‘Oman’, Bradt Guides 2022 guide to the Sultanate of Oman

From 1986 to 2016, Tony lived in Arabia – working in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

For much of that time he was self-employed, initially operating a retail business that evolved into a ‘portfolio’ of businesses. These included operating a Disney retail franchise, running an inbound tour operator and providing small construction projects in Oman for the USAF.

Along with the tourism field, Tony authored magazine articles for international publications, in-house booklets for Oman’s Ministry of Tourism and a coffee-table book financed by the Ministry of Tourism.

Tony was thrilled to be asked to rewrite the Bradt Oman guide for the 4th edition (2016) – & equally delighted to update it for the 5th edition in 2022.

Currently, Tony lives in England and continues to author books & articles on the region. He leads tours through the Middle East and speaks on cruise ships in the Arabian Sea region.
Tony can be found online by searching for @realTonyWalsh

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Long Version 

Tony Walsh – author ‘Oman’, Bradt Guides 2022 guide to the Sultanate of Oman

Tony first set foot in the Arab world when he backpacked through Egypt in 1984. From 1986 to 2016, Tony then worked and lived in Arabia – in the Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Tony has visited all the Gulf states either for work or leisure and has travelled widely through the region from Syria south to Yemen and Egypt west to Iran.

Initially, working in Oman, he managed a retail business that imported stock, retailed it, and wholesaled it throughout the sultanate. Working in Saudi Arabia, Tony managed the retail department stores of BHS (British Home Stores), which were a new franchise of the UK company. He returned to Oman and operated his own importing, wholesaling and retailing business. Tony was also fortunate to run the Disney retail franchise for Oman. 

As Oman opened up to international tourism, Tony set up an inbound tour operator. Unfortunately, the events associated with 11 September 2001 resulted in tourist arrivals grinding to a halt. Serendipity lent Tony a hand. Travelling down to Masirah Island in Oman, he met with the USAF purchasing officer on the island, as they had just arrived in the country. Successfully tendering for contracts for the USAF on Masirah and later in Seeb North (Muscat) helped Tony survive the downturn in tourism.

Tourism re-started after a couple of years. Tony’s company not only provided private tailor-made inbound programs for visitors throughout Oman but also, occasionally, into Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Yemen. Pre-planning for his clients meant that Tony travelled throughout the entire sultanate. This was often to areas no tourist might visit, to ensure that all options for their arrival were evaluated. 

Tony used his knowledge to write articles for media, including in-flight magazines and foreign newspapers. This, and his extensive photo library, led to his being asked to author a coffee table book on Oman’s UNESCO sites, which was financed by Oman’s Ministry of Tourism. Later the ministry asked Tony to author and provide photographs and maps for their 22 English and separate Arabic tourism booklets covering Oman’s 11 governorates.

Tony was thrilled to be asked to rewrite the Bradt Oman guide for the 4th edition (2016), with a separate Muscat digital edition published the same year.

Currently, Tony lives in England and continues to author books & articles on the region. He leads tours through the Middle East and speaks on cruise ships in the Arabian Sea region.

In contrast to his organising & planning tours for groups, Tony travels independently. Most recently, in 2022, he journeyed through Egypt, making use of Tuk Tuks in Cairo, Saqqara, Abydos and cycling for a week throughout Luxor & its region. In Dendera, where he visited the Hathor Temple by cycle, the police insisted on providing an escort from the town, and back.

Tony’s update for the Oman 5th edition (2022) means that Bradt’s Oman guide continues to be the indispensable guide to Oman.
Tony can be found online by searching for @realTonyWalsh

Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter
Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter

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Tony Walsh Muscat Oman

Tony Walsh Muscat Oman

Oman guide 5th edition from Bradt Guides
Oman guide 5th edition from Bradt Guides

 BOOK DETAILS

Title Oman
Author Tony Walsh
www.TonyWalsh.me
ISBN: ISBN-10 ‏1784776807

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1784776800

Pages paperback 416
Photographs Yes – colour
Maps 36
Publisher Bradt Guides
www.bradtguides.com
Available UK – 23 May 2022
Retail price UK (paperback) £18.99
Worldwide – 1 July 2022
Retail price Worldwide (paperback) $27.99
Also available digitally

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SOME ARTICLES BY TONY WALSH

 

Singapore Air Priority PPS Club Oman by Tony Walsh
Desert Treasures for Singapore Air Priority PPS Club Oman
Desert Treasures for  Singapore Air Priority PPS Club magazine

Join Tony on a journey as he took friends from Muscat up into the perfume filled mountain air of Al Jabal Al Akhdar

The Real Garden of Eden - Dhofar
The Real Garden of Eden – Dhofar
The Real Garden of Eden – Dhofar – The Travel Club

Explore one of Tony’s favourite locations in Oman  – a verdant, hidden valley that flows into one of Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Abalone of Dhofar for Emirates Open Skies
Abalone of Dhofar for Emirates Open Skies
Abalone of Dhofar for  Emirates Open Skies magazine

Searching out birds along the southern coast of Oman Tony stumbled across Dhofar’s annual abalone harvest.

Whale watching in Oman
Whale watching in Oman
Whale watching in Oman for Qatar’s  Abode magazine

On dolphin watching trips off Muscat’s coast it’s common to see hundreds, however on one trip Tony didn’t see a single dolphin; the next day the reason became clear. Read about his double sea trip into the waters off Muscat.

 

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DOWNLOADS

Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter
Tony Walsh in Empty Quarter
Tony Walsh in Oman’s Empty Quarter desert 72dpi

Tony Walsh in Oman’s Empty Quarter desert 300dpi

Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – blue shirt 72dpi

Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – blue shirt 300dpi

Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh Muscat Oman
Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – brown jacket 72dpi

Tony Walsh in Muscat Oman – brown jacket 300dpi

Oman guide 5th edition from Bradt Guides
Oman guide 5th edition Bradt  Guides
Oman guide from Bradt Guides 72dpi

Oman guide from Bradt Guides 300dpi

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