Grand Canyon Oman; A Natural Wonder

Being the biggest, deepest, or longest doesn’t necessarily make something the best; Grand Canyon Oman isn’t a mile deep, or a mile wide, but it still demonstrates the creative splendour of Mother Nature, the architect. On the day we visited there weren’t any mule trains, or trekkers making their way up, and down, it’s unlikely it’s as popular as a slightly better …

Postcards from Sunrise in the Sultanate

Grabbing the camera, already setup on the tripod, and heading out to the balcony, the hazy sunrise over the peaks of Jabal Shams, in the Sultanate of Oman provided good reason to smile. We were staying at the aptly named “The View”, an Indian owned resort which overlooks the town of Al Hamra, and treats guests to a panoramic vista …

Oman Media Trip 12- 16 September 2014

I’m extremely excited to return to a favourite destination over the period Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th September, 2014. This trip is being organised by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, and will include several talented writers, and photographers. Oman has the tagline “Beauty has and address”, and I think this is appropriate, it is a wonderful, diverse, and authentic destination. …

Postcard from Oman; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

Returning to the Sultanate of Oman was an especially pleasing experience as first time around there was little opportunity to visit beyond Salalah. It was pleasant to discover a diverse and beautiful country with an authentic culture and friendly people. The capital of Muscat is a mix of the modern and the traditional. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal …

The Joy of Souks

Browsing souqs (souks) whether in Morocco, Egypt or in Oman is always a fascinating experience. They are entirely different from western markets, hives of activity where haggling is usually not only encouraged but expected. Often bustling, especially in popular tourist destinations where visiting a souq is one of the one of the highlights of the trip. Alien experiences which allow …

Postcard from Oman, A Mosque with a little Muscle

Oman is one of my favourite destinations, it is such an authentic country with a friendly people, that always seem to make visitors feel welcome. There is plenty of interest in the main city, Muscat. The cool souks offer a relaxed shopping experience without the hassle of other similar city markets.  The Grand Mosque is a beautiful building which is …

Postcards from Oman, Festival of Games

The Muscat Festival of Oman Culture provides some insight into the nomadic lives of the original tribes which roamed freely through the country. Pitching tents in the drifting sands of the deserts, keeping camels, goats and horses, practicing skills and cooking in the traditional manner. My favourite displays however were the ones which showed children at play, although they were …