I am sure that someone was having a game with me last Saturday as I drove around Madinat as Sultan Qaboos, looking for a way out. For several weeks now the exit westwards, by the Pizza Hut roundabout, has been blocked.
The final day of 2012 is a fitting time for all of us to reflect on the year just passed, and I would like to share a few personal thoughts on what it has meant for me.
Management had spent several days becoming very excited about the prospect of greeting our visitors who are joining us for Christmas this year.
I was chatting with some of the hardworking Apex staff at the recent launch of their 2012 Tribute publication. “I would be interested to read your thoughts on the life of a western expat,” said one. “I know what many of those from the Indian subcontinent and further East do here, but why did you come and what are the challenges you face?” he added.
Three weeks ago the subject of this column was ‘Duty to Work’, and I received lots of supportive feedback from readers (Shukran). I know from some of my Omani friends that the words of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in respect of the drive to increase employment, particularly of the young in the private sector, are gaining traction.