Tag Archives: Muscat

Artwork on Display at QCC

Image If you love art and happen to be somewhere in the Qurum area, you might want to stop in Qurum City Centre to check out some fantastic artwork currently on display on the ground floor.Image                                       Riyam Park in Muttrah                           ImageI really love this piece! Unfortunately the artist or artists weren’t around to answer questions about prices when I was there at noon today.                                        ImageImageImageImageDoes that read “Jasim & Suliyam”? Hard to make out the artist’s (or artists’) name on the bottom of each painting.  Anyone have any info on whose artwork is on display there?ImageImage                                   Camel Kiss! A masterpiece! 😉

Just one more thing I love about Oman: you never know what you’re going to see next.  Tip: always have a camera with you when traveling around Oman!

Muscat Festival 2012: Omani Craftsman at Oman Heritage & Culture Village

One of the best parts of Muscat Festival is being able to see the traditional Omani lifestyle in the Oman Heritage & Culture Village of Qurum Park.  I love seeing these displays of talented craftsmen working away at simple tasks in pretty much the same way it’s been done for hundreds of years.

What is this gentleman making exactly?  You can see a pile of the finished products on the left side there.  Are they for boats? for use with agriculture?  Anyone out there want to enlighten me?  Here’s a short video of this scene:

“Oman’s New Musical Home” (CNN Report!)

I’ve Been “Freshly Pressed”!











NO, that doesn’t mean that I’ve been squashed by a steam-roller, ha!ha! 🙂

Freshly pressed” is a list of 10 or 11 blogs that WordPress posts on their homepage each day that they consider “the best” for that day.  Wow! I’m honored to be on today’s list! (I’ve been blogging with wordpress for about 3 years and have always wanted to be “freshly pressed”!)

There’s little old “Andy in Oman’s blog” on the WordPress frontpage! 🙂 Wow! Out of 400,580 bloggers, my blog made today’s cut.  Thanks, WordPress!  It doesn’t surprise me that it was a post on the new Royal Opera House Muscat that got recognized. (It was my blogpost on The American Ballet Theatre’s Presentation of “Don Quixote“.)  If there’s ever a post that deserved to be freshly pressed it would have to be about our gorgeous new building here in Muscat! (Because I was “freshly pressed”, my blog received 2,706 visitors on Nov. 1st, 2011!)

Muscat Voted “2nd Best City to Visit in 2012” by Lonely Planet!

It comes as no surprise to me that Muscat is voted 2nd Best City to Visit in 2012.  I’m telling you, folks, “Muscat is the place to be!”

Anyone who’s into international travel will automatically recognize the tour guidebook company “Lonely Planet” and should recognize that this is quite a thing for Muscat to be #2 on their list!

Here is one of many articles announcing the results of “Best Cities to Visit 2012”.  They voted the following cities as the best tourist destinations for 2012:

1. London
2. Muscat, Oman
3. Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
4. Cadiz, Spain
5. Stockholm
6. Guimaraes, Portugal
7. Santiago, Chile
8. Hong Kong
9. Orlando, Florida, USA
10. Darwin, Australia

I’m pretty sure that London is only in the 1st position because of the Olympics.  With the launching of the incredible Royal Opera House Muscat, I personally (in my unbiased opinion) think that Muscat should be #1!

Proud of my city!  🙂

***Nov 5 update: Here is another article giving reasons why those specific cities were selected.