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

Entertainment…

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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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Khareef festivities, prelude (part 3)

Khareef festivities, prelude (part 3)

Khareef festivities, prelude

In Salalah, Dhofar, a copy of the speech of Sultan Qaboos to his people on the day of his accession on 23th of July 1970 hangs in the Museum of the Frankincense Land. On that day the modernization of the country took place. In Oman twenty three July is celebrated as the Renaissance Day. On the occasion of that day, this year, Thursday 24 of July is a national holiday for the private sector. By co…

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Respect and Honor

Respect and Honor

During Ramadan, the holy month of fast, social ties are strengthened. Yesterday, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, the Omani Association for Elderly Friends Salalah organized a gathering between elderly people from Taqah and Salalah and employees from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Development. The Director of Health Affairs Salalah and the Head of the Association…

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Khareef magic ( part 2)

Khareef magic ( part 2)

Khareef magic

Driving through the mountains of Salalah-Dhofar at this time of the south west monsoon, is entering into a world full of magic. Moisture condenses on trees and plants. Sometimes there is a drizzle rain and always fog crawls around. The mountains turn into a playground of fresh greenery.

Myrrh, reddish resin. Some species are used medicinally and others are valued for their fragrance (Wadi Athoom)

Myrrh, reddish resin. Some species are used medicinally and others are valued for their fragrance (Wadi Athoom)

Luban, Frankincense, white/green till dark brown colored resin, in total four qualities. It is said that the best frankincense is produced by trees growing in the Dhofar region of Oman. ( Jebal Al Qamar)

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Experiencing Ramadan

Experiencing Ramadan

It is still raining in Salalah in the south of Oman. The grey sky, the nice temperature (27-29 degree) of the south west monsoon gives a special and peaceful flair to Ramadan. During the holy month of fast, social and family ties are strengthened. Iftar, breaking the fast at sunset, is the most important moment to do so. And, yes, food plays a vital role in this. But there is more. Meals prepared…

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Khareef water colors (part 1)

Khareef water colors (part 1)

Khareef Water Colors

Above Salalah, from Mirbat in the east till further on to the west, beyond the border with Yemen, the sky is grey. In the mountains there is rain and fog. But also the coastal plain, with the green palm trees, receives now and then the blessings of rain. The temperature dropped till 27-29 degrees. It is the perfect time to walk and to observe. The monsoon brings unexpected colors on the roads.…

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