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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Tasteful breaking the fast

Tasteful breaking the fast

Tasteful breaking the fast

Tomorrow Ramadan, the month of fasting and be considered as the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar, starts. Traditionally also this year, for the second time, in Salalah, issued under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and supported by the Municipality, Aneesa Mustheh Mabrook bint Mobarak, brought forty women together. The whole month, at Al Medan, behind Al Hakeem…

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A matter of excellence

A matter of excellence

A matter of excellence

Yesterday, in the Ghameh Omer Al Rawas Mosque in Salalah, 141 students from 5 till 17 years old were honored with certificates and gifts. The students participated in a three week Ahsansummer program. Ahsan is an Arabic term meaning, perfection or excellence. The goal of the tree week course was to obtain perfection in worshipping Allah, by correct reading and recitation of the Qur’an. The…

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Taste for more…..

Taste for more....

Traditionally, also this year, during the summer, courses for learning the basics of photography were offered by the Dhofar Photography Society based in Salalah. One week was organized for children from 8 till 15 year old. Today, the second weekly workshop for young adults from 22 till 26 year came to an end. About twenty youngsters, with ladies in the majority, attended the workshop. Interesting…

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Especially for you……

Especially for you

A whole week long youngsters between the age of 18 and 30 years old are invited to attend workshops of the Ministry of Social Development in cooperation with other ministries in Dhofar. The program is divided into three themes. Today the workshop around “ Getting married” started from 4.30pm till 8pm. More than fifty youngsters, men and women, could ask questions. Twenty five men who attended the…

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Joining hands

Joining hands

For the first time the ‘Omani Association for Elderly Friends’ in Salalah went yesterday public. And then I mean the space were the event was organized. Twenty four elderly people, above sixty years old from Taqah, Mirbat, Salalah, and their relatives gathered in the Salalah Gardens mall. Not for shopping but for an afternoon full of information, a quiz, a sketch, lots of laughter and socializing…

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Reaching out hands

Reaching out hands

To give the opportunity to women to develop themselves in the skills they are good, Amira Mohammed Ibrahim al Hakim, manager of the Business Women Group in Dhofar, organizes a two day workshop for free in Mirbat around  luban (incense) and Bukhur. Mirbat is situated in the east of Salalah, about 74km from Salalah.

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Photos courtesy of Amira

The use of luban is integrated in the daily life of the…

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