Oman

Tracking Sea Turtles in Oman

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Tracking Sea Turtles in Oman

Life is fragile. But even the most vulnerable of creatures can triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds. One such experience brought tears to my eyes on a cool, windy August evening in Ras Al Jinz, Oman. It was well past sunset, and the deserted beach was dark except for the light of a nearly full moon. The waves of the Indian Ocean crashed against the shore as the tour began. The first sighting was a green sea turtle – an adult female, in the process of nesting. This process is an impressive feat of instinct and physical effort....

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A Muscat Must-See, The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Posted by on 2:00 pm in Middle East, Oman, Spotlight | 2 comments

Riding at midnight from the Muscat airport toward my hotel in Ruwi, one of the city’s three main districts, a large white mosque I’d read about appeared on my right, just another building cutting into the desert sky. Days later when I ventured out to visit this sight, I discovered that it was worth far more than a middle of the night drive-by. This, the world’s third largest mosque, sits on grounds covering over one hundred acres. Here gardens and palm trees lead the way to a ten-acre complex of buildings which can hold 20,000...

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The Beauty of Muscat, Oman

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The Beauty of Muscat, Oman

Craggy brown mountains breaking into a cloudless horizon, artistic ornamentation decorating the roadways, the aroma of frankincense hanging in the air and smiling, friendly people – this is some of what I found soon upon arriving in Muscat, Oman, a city of unique Arabian beauty. Muscat Oman Stands Out from Its Neighbors Saudi Arabia looms large to Oman’s west, and Yemen runs along its southern border. The U.A.E. sitting on its western tip, though, is Muscat’s closest neighbor and an influence they try to avoid. Determined not to...

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