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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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The journey from Jeddah to Yanbu was nothing exciting.  The road is long, has two lanes, and desert on either side.

However there was one point near where the road splits to Medina which was rather beautiful.  There were more trees and mountains in the background.  In fact the roat to Medina is behind the mountains that are just about visible.  I heard today that that road is a gorgeous drive all the way to sacred Medina.

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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South Africa is one of the most interesting places I have visited.  They have so many challenges in that country – it embarrasses me to think we complain about things in Kuwait.  I went on a trip with Imperial College London and we visited many businesses. 

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This city is a special place. Already signs of the Olympics are everywhere. Standing on the Great Wall (an hour’s drive away) is … great…

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