Meeting to support

Meeting to Support

“According to the annual 2014 report of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel and tourism industry in Oman supported 37,000 jobs directly in 2013 and this is expected to grow by 11.4 per cent in 2014 to 41,000 jobs,” one can read in local newspapers. “The country is currently perceived as offering extremely attractive investment opportunities for hotel groups and other…

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A photographical guidebook

A photographical guidebook

The exposition ‘Dhofar Land of Seasons’, opened today in the Salalah Gardens shopping mall under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism Dhofar in cooperation with members of the  Photography Society of Oman-Dhofarshows the diversity of the region in the south of the Sultanate. More than 80 pictures from 29 photographers takes you on a journey of stories of landscapes, traditions and culture. The…

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The bees of Oman

The bees of Oman

Bees of Oman

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As a result of the Khareef, the south west monsoon, in the green and flower coloured hills of DhofarMountain Range, bees fly in and out their hives. End of November the golden colour of the Khareef honey appears on the tables in the households. Dhofar offers also a cider honey in March and a production at the end of April of Luban honey from frankincense trees. Due to the varied landscape, bee…

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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

21st of September, today, should be devoted to the ideals of peace among all nations and people. This day is a call for ceasefire, for an end of war and violence. With John Lennon’s iconic song “Imagine” the United Nations, who established the day in 1981, underscores that all people have right to peace. “Education” plays an immense role in building up a culture of peace. Education is a key tool…

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Without Words- Out of the Subject

Without Words- Out of the Subject

Without Words-Out of the Subject

The exhibition in the Omani Society for Fine Arts in Salalah-Dhofar, still running till the end of September, surprises. The exhibition is a result of a workshop given by Anwar Sonia, one of Oman’s first professional artists and a founding member of the Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA). His favourite style to work is the abstract style. Abstraction of the subject was the main goal of the…

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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

Entertainment…

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