Dust Storm Over Oman

Over the last couple of weeks Oman, and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, has been blanketed by massive dust storms. Visibility has been reduced to meters and Flights cancelled. Seeing the dust from the Ground is one thing, from Space is another – and thanks to NASA here is that perspective Continue reading

Celebrations for the return to Oman of Sultan Qaboos

The welcome return to Oman of Sultan Qaboos has been celebrated throughout Oman. Probably nowhere as spectacularly as at the Royal Opera House.

Royal Opera House Sound and Light

Royal Opera House Sound and Light welcomes Sultan Qaboos home.

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Oman’s Flora and Fauna

We took a small group to visit Oman’s Botanic Garden where Dr Annette Patzelt the site’s Scientific Director kindly explained the work and future of this unique establishment.

Dr Annette Patzelt at Omans Botanic Garden

Dr Annette Patzelt at Omans Botanic Garden

The Botanic garden has the largest collection of plants from the Arabian Peninsula. Through the collection of seeds, and the rescue of mature trees which were in a construction zone Oman’s Botanic Garden is both attempting to create a seed bank and a study centre for the flora of Oman the adjacent lands. Continue reading

Sultan Qaboos returns to Oman

Oman TV has broadcast the arrival of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos into Oman, after a period of medical treatment in Germany.

Naturally there will be tremendous celebrations in Oman, possibly stretching into the weekend.

Luban Restaurant Muttrah

Opposite the Fish Souq (still under renovation) is a restored old house. On the upper floor is the Luban Restaurant (Luban is Arabic for Frankincense). Its decor is re-imagined traditional Omani and sets the atmosphere nicely. The restaurant has only just opened so diners were outnumbered by staff, however rather than Continue reading