Music  for peace

Music for peace

Can poetry, prayer and music transcend the barriers of religion and language? The ‘Sufi Gospel Project’ that I attended yesterday in the Indian Social Club in Salalah under the patronage of the Indian Embassy, was a fine example of the role that music can play in uniting people despite their faith and language. For Sonam Kalra, who started the project in 2011, belonging to the Sikh religion and…

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Choosing NET Neutrality

Choosing NET Neutrality

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Today, it is the international ‘SLOWDOWN DAY’ for the internet. No, don’t worry it is only symbolic. Internet Slowdown Day warns what may be to come. Website owners, from the smallest blogs to the largest online platforms, are asked to participate in this day of action.

Paul Sieminsky: “Net Neutrality, is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all…

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Khareef festivities (part 10)

Khareef festivities (part 10)

Khareef festivities

Slowly the khareef or the south west monsoon in Salalah-Dhofar is heading to the final stage. This phenomenon has an impact on nature and the lifestyle of the people.

The mountains became green paradises.

The mountains became green paradises.

The camels and their owners, who stayed down at the foothills along the shores, slowly turn back to the villages in the mountains.

The camels and their owners, who stayed down at the foothills along the shores, slowly turn back to the villages in the mountains.

Despite the fact that the Arabian Sea slowly calms down and that there will be an abundance of fish, Oman bans kingfish harvesting for two months to help breeding.

Despite the fact that the Arabian Sea slowly calms down and…

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Khareef festivities: period of awareness (part 9)

Khareef festivities: period of awareness (part 9)

Khareef festivities

Slowly Salalah Tourism Festival comes to an end. Besides the socializing and having fun with the kids, the festival served also as a platform to make people aware of global issues.

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For the second year, Ibtsam who study management at the Dhofar university, has new designs of paperwork on display. In 2003 at school a fellow student taught her the art of origami. First she experienced with several…

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Khareef festivities: looking back (part 8)

Khareef festivities: looking back (part 8)

Khareef festivities Looking back

During my short stay in Belgium, my native country, a lot of interesting things happened in Oman in Salalah – Dhofar. Out of local newspapers I made this choice.

Family cohesion symposium

During the third edition of the Arab Family Coherence Conference entitled ‘Family Protection in the International Experiences’ the discussion with a wide participation at the level of the GCC and speakers from…

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Belgium-Omani connection: Conservation of endangered animals

Belgium-Omani connection: Conservation of endangered animals

Belgium-Omani connection, conservation of endangered animals

In Muscat daily the article: “The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) starts Phase 2 of Egyptian Vulture Conservation Project,” reminded me about the talk I had with young volunteers of the World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF) yesterday, on my way to my favorite second hand bookstore in Antwerp-Belgium, my native country. WWF is the world’s largest independent conservation organization that operates…

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Khareef festivities: Belgium-Oman connection (part 7)

Khareef festivities: Belgium-Oman connection (part 7)

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Not only in the new Entertainment Park in A’Sa’adah in Salalah in the south of Oman, as part of the yearly Salalah Tourism Festival, but also in Antwerp in Belgium, the ‘Expo Dino Adventure’ brings the prehistory alive. In the Expo, families and children face 50 huge lifelike dinosaurs. With a free audio guide, the children become Dino ranger and participate in an adventurous quest.

Entertainment Park, Salalah-Dhofar, Oman


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Khareef festivities: Tasteful colors (part 6)

Khareef festivities: Tasteful colors (part 6)

My perfumes...

In 2010 the late Sheikh Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali, wrote in Times of Oman:

“ Three golden words, Salalah Tourism Festival, effectively embody and mirror everything that the Sultanate of Oman stands for. “

In 2014, everyone who visit the Festival, in Ittin, in Hafa Suq better known as the incense suq and in A’sa’ada with the new amusement park, has to admit  that this words still express what…

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Khareef festivities: About dinos and robots (part 5)

Khareef festivities: About dinos and robots (part 5)

Khareef festivities About dinos and robots (part 5)

For three months, Salalah, Dhofar, has his own ‘Jurassic park’ situated in A’ Sa’ adah nearby the Dhofar Governorate and the Royal Oman Police (ROP). By walking through the park, sensors activate the movements and the sounds. And then suddenly, nearby the prehistoric creatures, children are being pulled along in rickshaws by walking robots. It brings you back to the age we are living in. In…

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Khareef festivities: Let’s celebrate… (part 4)

Khareef festivities: Let’s celebrate… (part 4)

Let's celebrate

With drizzle rain and with a temperature of 27 degree, on the second day of Eid al Fitr, ‘ Salalah Tourism festival’ in Dhofarat the Ittin festival area, opened its doors. The whole area with children playground, with exposition halls, with shopping tents, with a traditional village full of handicraft and local gastronomy, with areas with fishing sceneries, with traditions of the mountains,…

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Dates with a story

Dates with a story

Dates with a story

Slowly Ramadan, the holy month, is coming to an end. During this month, in every household in Oman in general and especially in Salalah, before the Farj prayer – the morning prayer – between the very beginning of dawn and sunrise, and before the Maghrib prayer – soon after sunset until the disappearance of the twilight – for breaking the fast, dates are served. Till today, the date palm is “the…

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44 years full of Peace and Prosperity

44 years full of Peace and Prosperity

44 year of Peace and Prosperity

Today, Oman celebrates the 44th anniversary of the Renaissance Day. It’s a day to remember the huge achievements the country has made since 1970, when the current leader Sultan Qaboos took over power. It is also a time to look at how to continue this progress in the future.

In Salalah, Dhofarin the South of the Sultanate, with songs and slogans, it was the youth, who brought honor to Sultan…

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