Manama to Muscat 2012

Day 16: Back in Bahrain
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:05

His Highness Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi after receiving the 101 Things to See and Do in Oman book
Shaikh Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi looks through the book
101 Things to See and Do in Oman after receiving a copy from Ali 

After taken Eleni to Abu Dhabi airport and saying goodbye, we drove to Ajman to meet His Highness Shaikh Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, head of the Ajman Tourism Development Department, to present to him a copy of our book, 101 Things to See and Do in Oman. We also presented him with copies of other books that we have published.

Shaikh Abdul Aziz was keen on finding out about the new book in the series that we are planning, 101 Things to See and Do in UAE, and he offered us his complete support. He had heard about our publications and expeditions from the Oman Tourism Ministry and wanted to meet us.

Day 15: Oman, a fond goodbye
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Monday, 16 April 2012 14:29

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque 

Today is our last day in Oman and we decided to visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world and it has also the biggest woven carpet.

This is a place no matter how many times you visit, you will always marvel at its beauty. While we were there we met a Dutch TV crew and we had a brief chat with them. They told us how much they are enjoying Oman. We presented them with copies of our book 101 Things to See and Do in Oman and wished them good luck with their filming.

Day 14: A day to give thanks
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:51

Mohammed Saleh Al haikh receive a copy of 101 Things to see and Do in Oman from Ali and Haider
Mohammed Saleh Al Shaikh receives a copy of
101 Things to See and Do in Oman from Ali and Haider 

We started our day by visiting the Bahrain embassy in Muscat and met with H.E. Mohammed Saleh Al Shaikh and presented to him a copy of 101 Things to See and Do in Oman. He asked us for more copies since the Indian Ambassador had called him and asked for a copy of the book.

He also congratulated us on the trip and gave us an idea for a new trip, maybe from Morocco to Manama and Muscat starting from the Ocean to the Gulf and he recounted his old days in school. The proposed trip would start in Africa to Europe and finish in Asia, and he also offered his support for the expedition. We thanked him for his great idea and assured him that we will consider it for one of our future expeditions.

Day 13: A fitting end to latest tour
Written by Sarah Clarke   
Saturday, 14 April 2012 15:14

Ali presenting a copy of 101 Things to See and Do in Oman to Khalid Bin Mohamed Bin Omar Bin Bahram 

Entering the Al Bustan hotel one cannot fail to be amazed by the enormous central hall complete with fountain and gigantic crystal chandelier. It is a fitting place to end the Manama, Capital of Arab Culture 2012 to Muscat Arab Tourism Capital 2012 Expedition and to launch our book 101 Things to See and Do in Oman. We brought with us Jameel Ebrahim employee of Bahrain’s Ministry of Tourism who we met today at the Ministry of Tourism in Oman. 

We were delighted to be greeted at Al Bustan by Yayha Al Kiyumi who first proposed the tour. He introduced us to guest of honour Khalid Bin Mohamed Bin Omar Bin Bahram, Assistant Head of Muscat Municipality who expressed great pride in Muscat and its status this year of Arab Toursim Capital.

Also present were many of our friends from the Oman Ministry of Tourism, our sponsors Omran including Abdul Wahid Al Farsi Omran’s External Affairs Manager, Bernard Viola, General Manager of Al Bustan Hotel and Bahrain Embassy representatives Deputy Head of Mission Khalid Al Mansoor and Ali Hassan, Culture Attache together with other embassy staff. 

Day 12: An oh-so-lucky Friday the 13th
Written by Sarah Clarke   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:06

Ali showing Yahya Al Kiyumi the Oman images on the cars 

If I was superstitious I guess I wouldn’t have got out of bed this morning as it’s Friday the 13th. However, the sun streaming into my ‘tent’ at the Arabian Oryx Camp in Al Sharqiya Sands had me up and about in no time.

And what a wonderful night’s sleep I had - with only a night owl hooting occasionally and a solitary beetle scurrying across the room, the silence ensured my unbroken night’s rest. I don’t think I’ve slept that deeply or soundly in a long time. Each ‘tent’ has an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, tea and coffee making equipment and very comfortable beds. This is definitely the (easy) way to camp!


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