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A Sweet Gift

A Sweet Gift

After awhile, all international airports look the same. Muscat International Airport is no different. Over priced and uninspiring food. Alcohol, tobacco, and cosmetics for sale in the duty-free shops.   Passengers sleeping, but at least they took off their shoes!  ...
It’s a Celebration, Not a Protest

It’s a Celebration, Not a Protest

Young Arab men driving around town, and they are happy. Some wear masks and others cover their faces with their keffiyeh. In our wildest fears we think that they are protesting against the West or a repressive government regime. Not here. Not today. Not these people....
Al Awabi Fort

Al Awabi Fort

Located at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar is Al Awabi, one of Oman’s sixty-one wilayats. This district is home to a restored fort appropriately called Al Awabi Fort.   Al Awabi Fort is a two-story walled structure with two towers: Al Sarookh Tower (which faces...
Al Rustaq Fort

Al Rustaq Fort

Located at the base of Jebel Akhdar, Al Rustaq Fort is an imposing structure in this former Omani capital city. Built about 400 years before the arrival of Islam, this is one of Oman’s oldest forts. It is a three level fort, and it is the tallest fort in Oman....
Al Hazm Castle

Al Hazm Castle

Built around 1711, Al Hazm Castle was the home of Sultan bin Saif II, the Omani Imam from 1711 to 1718. It is a two-story structure with two towers and a small courtyard. The fortress has three wells and a falaj system which provided an adequate water supply....
Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

It was late in the afternoon, and we waited at the designated pickup point for the 4WD SUVs to arrive. Once the vehicles arrived, we began the trip into the desert on the well-traveled dirt road.   The first stop was a Bedouin camp to see camels. Here, behind a fenced...
Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve

She arrives during the cover of darkness. After scouting the area for a suitable site, she begins to dig her nest. Sometimes she will dig more than one hole. The extra hole(s) serves as to decoy animals who want to eat her eggs. After she lays her eggs (which can...
Dhow Boatyards

Dhow Boatyards

Oman has always been a seafaring nation. The country’s strategic location and shipbuilding industry created vessels that traveled from Asia to Africa since the 8th century.   For many centuries, boats were handmade and made of wood. However, the discovery of...
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