What do I, Andrew Brown, have in common with The Sultan’s Palace? Well…we were both created in 1972!
How nice of this friendly soldier to give me permission to take his photo. What a friendly smile!
On the main gate of the palace At the palace with my princess!
My students told me that The Sultan’s Palace is known as “Al Alam” (“The Flag Palace“?!) in Arabic. It is not the only residence of His Majesty who normally lives elsewhere in Oman but it is his ceremonial palace. I was surprised to hear that it is reported to have a bowling alley in the basement!
This is Hee-Jung Lee who was one of my best students at the Catholic University of Korea in 2000. She is now traveling the world selling parts for her company. It was a real honor to show her around Muscat with Che while she was here for a few days on a business trip. Thanks for taking the time to see us, Hee-Jung, and we hope that you’ll be back again sometime soon!
Can you see the fort in the distance? Al Alam Palace is surrounded by the Mirani and Jalali Forts built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.
I thought this silly photo of myself from my recent trip to Salalah would be appropriate to post on Oman’s 38th National Day. November 18th marks the birthday of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. The Sultanate marks National Day every year on November 18, but the holidays are traditionally given later. (on Nov 25-26 this year making it a 4 day weekend next week; Tues-Friday!)