Eidiya for distribution

Following morning prayers on the first day of Eid the tradition in Oman is that children wander around to collect ‘Eidiya’.

Eidiya 100 Baisa

Eidiya 100 Baisa

They have Continue reading

Public Services – Muscat Style

Tucked away in a corner with Bougainvillea cascading over the wall is one of Muscat’s new high-tech Japanese toilets.

Muscat Toilet

Muscat Toilet

The lack of public toilets in Muscat is Continue reading

Rumba Lattina Resteraunt

We arrived after Iftar for a meal at The Cave, Muscats newish restaurant complex. Currently there are two choices of venue, one with buffet  that seemed to have been cleared so we decided on Rumba Lattina, inside as there did not appear to be service outside.

The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior

The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior

The concept is South American, though Continue reading

Eid Mubarak Oman

Eid Mubarak Oman

Eid Mubarak Oman

Qaranqasho at Bait Zubair

On the 14th night of Ramadhan (the middle of that month) there is a childrens celebration called ‘Qaranqasho’ (قرنقشوه) . It traditionally was when children went knocking on the front door of neighbours houses to ask for ‘halwa’ (sweets). The first part of the word is used as part of similar names for a similar event throughout The Gulf. Over the years Continue reading