Oman is full of surprises tucked away in dusty corners of this vast land. Honey bees are just one example. However, it should be no surprise that apiarists cultivate liquid gold from the honey bee. The Qur’an speaks highly, and encourages this ancient craft:
Every spring something special happens on the green mountain. The roses start to bloom, and the farmers descend upon their fields to collect their precious pink flowers.
I just crossed my six year anniversary living in Oman, and I continually waffle back and forth if it’s time to move on to something new or not. So, I created a list to help anyone to decide if it has been too long in Oman.
There are a ton of caves in Oman of all sizes. Majlis al Jinn is the largest and most unique, but thousands of other caves dot the countryside and make for some interesting surprises if you happen to have a look. This month I share with you a taste from both sides of the cave spectrum.
Dating back to the bronze age, the Jaylah Tower Tombs are not what you’d expect in such a desolate place like Salmah Plateau. “Discovered” in the early 90’s by archeologist Paul Alan Yule after seeing arial photographs in the book A Day Above Oman, by John Nowell, Dr. Yule teamed up with Gerd Weisgerber to document, map, excavate, and restore at least one of the tombs with the help of the German Omani Association in 1995.
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic Calendar and is celebrated by Muslims as time when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. During this period, Muslims abstain from all food, drink, and pleasures between the hours of sunrise to sunset.
After five years living and working in the Sultanate, there is one thing that still catches me out: Omani business hours. Just the other day I set out to purchase one liter of spare oil for my magic carpeted ride. Sounds simple, right? Not so, because this American forgot that 2pm is sleepy time in Muscat. When will I learn?