Eid al Adha has now been announced and we can all look forward to several days away from work. This feast of the Sacrifice, or Greater Eid, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
For several years now the timing of Ramadan has meant that both of the Eid holidays, plus the National Day celebrations, are held in the period after the long summer slowdown and before the Gregorian calendar year-end.
Last Wednesday, 12 of us took the Oman Air flight to Dar Es Salaam, then hopped on a charter to Beho Beho camp, deep in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Tanzania.
Management and I decided a few months ago to try to sell our house at The Wave and to move back to Shatti. We found a buyer and then had to go through the tortuous process that governs expat selling and buying.
One of the first things I noticed, on my initial day at work at my Muscat office in February 2006, was that a high proportion of our personnel carried worry beads with them. The beads often seemed to be twirled around when I was standing close-by.