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We spent the long Eid weekend in and around Muscat.  This post is a little late – but I hope you enjoy the images from out trip.  It makes a nice change being on holiday with my camera and not on business.  This was a good four days with the family and all we did is explore this beautiful part of the world.

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This is one place I haven’t visited on my previous trips to Cairo.  Today, I managed to find some time to go to the Cairo Citadel and take a few shots.

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I wish you and your families all the best for the holy month.  To my readers who are not familiar with Ramadan, it is the month every year when Muslims around the world fast during daylight – no food, no water and no smoking until the sun is down. Another significant event that took place during this month is the revelation of the Holy Quran.

The small attractive mosque above is in Fintas.  I took the photo earlier this evening at sunset.

مبارك عليكم الشهر و عساكم من عواده


Time seems to stand still in this beautiful city.  So much pride is taken in this place by the people in it that nothing, and I do mean nothing, is out of place.  It all sits together wonderfully and the whole country has a very relaxed atmosphere.

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For the second time, I’ve managed to get to Sur and back to Muscat without seeing anything in Sur!  My meeting was at the harbour outside the town and we drove back immediately after.

The journey, on the other hand, was a different story.  Driving this route needs constant attention to the road, conditions, bends, goats, taxi drivers, and sane drivers.  Luckily, I wasn’t driving this time so I enjoyed the scenery.  Unlike Kuwait, Oman really is decentralised.  There were small towns dotted around all the way to Sur.  That’s four hours through the mountains!  The towns are different but they have common factors.  They sit around Wadis – small valleys with water running through it during heavy rain – and there is always a cute (I honestly can’t think of a better word) mosque visible with small houses surrounding it.  It’s such a pretty sight that keeps repeating in a different composition each time.

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I wish everyone a blessed month, full of answered prayers and contentment.
مبارك عليكم الشهر و كل عام و أنتم بخير

Photograph taken earlier this evening in Sabah Al Salem area.  It was so humid outside it felt like under-water photography.

Not many people can guess correctly where I took this photograph.  Most seem to think it’s South Asia somerhere.  In fact I took it in Woking Surrey.  This was the closest mosque to the office.  It also happens to be the Europe’s first purpose-built mosque – outside of Muslim Spain.  Read its full history here.

It’s very easy to get used to this place… Nice people, good food, great shopping and well.. the weather during my short trip was perfect.