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

Restaurants and Rain

An intense 2 or 3 hour downpour was enough to create a river of brown sludge, which diverted even the most massive trucks on their route through Ruwi. The flow lifted away cars and more, and left behind a fine silt to dry in the sun. With the rain came a drop in temperature to an unseasonable 20c and far less at night, winter has arrived.

A river of Mud in Ruwi

A river of Mud in Ruwi

Some consolation was Continue reading

Merry Christmas from Oman

Merry Christmas from Oman

Merry Christmas from Oman