Oman’s Oil Production and Sales

Figures given in Oman’s newspapers today show an interesting snapshot of Oman’s oil business. Apparently worldwide crude oil prices had a drop in prices in August 2014 compared to the previous month,  due to increased supply and reduced demand . For Oman oil production was down in August, compared to the previous month and crude oil exports from Oman reduced 11.47 per cent in August 2014 compared to July 2014.

Oil Tanker near Muscat

Oil Tanker near Muscat


For Oman all this means that though Oman had a small drop in Oil production of 0.31% in August its exports dropped 11:47%. I guess that’s all to do with the increase in demand for power (mainly cars running on subsidized petrol as most of Oman’ electricity is gas powered). Coupled with the drop in crude oil prices of 6.5% – Oman’s income from crude exports may have dropped 17%
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The Black Birds

It was good to take a day at sea and travel up from Khasab to Kumzar in Musandam. Scattered all along the coast were flocks of Socotra Cormorants who arrive here for the summer before breeding to the west on the islands off the Arabian Gulf coast of Bahrain and Saudi.

Socotra Cormorants in the Straits of Hormuz

Socotra Cormorants in the Straits of Hormuz

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Oman Ranked at number 11 in ‘Halal’ tourism

A Singapore based organisation has issued a ‘Top Halal Friendly Holiday Destinations – 2014′ listing. The main criteria taken into account in the ranking includes Continue reading

ESO Presentation and Field Trip

Oman’s Environmental Society organised a very informative presentation by Maia Sarrouf Willson and Omar Al-Sheikhly. The topic was Egyptian Vultures which are an endangered species worldwide, as are so many other vulture species.

Maia Willson talks about Birds

Maia Willson talks about Birds

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Richard Branson and Tony Wheeler come to Oman

Sir Richard Branson and Tony Wheeler will be coming into Oman to talk to us.

Richard Branson coming to Oman (thanks Virgin)

Richard Branson coming to Oman (thanks Virgin)

The ‘Open Minds’ leadership meet will take place Continue reading