The first awards heralding excellence in construction in Oman were held on March 27 at a ceremony at The Grand Hyatt. Construction Week, the best industry magazine in the region, arranged the competition, which was endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Building, the largest professional construction body in the world.
I was offered a ride on the catamaran SY Azzura last Thursday to the new marina at Jebel Sifah. The developers of this Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) are Muriya, and the company was holding a 'soft' opening of the marina. We arrived around 2pm, moored up, and took a walk around the marina and surrounding village.
A couple of weeks after I arrived in Muscat in February 2006, I was invited to go out on the boat of a new friend. We met early at Marina Bandar Rowdha, and sped off in pursuit of dolphins. We didn’t have any luck that day, but saw turtles when snorkelling at Bandar Khyran in the afternoon.
I didn’t see any of the drivers at the Australian Grand Prix, the first of this season and held yesterday in Melbourne, pull away from the start line clutching a mobile phone to one of their ears.
When I first came to Oman in 2006 I had no real grasp of the importance of the substance often called black liquid gold. Sure, I had spent a small fortune filling up the cars I had owned over the years in England with petrol, and had changed my choice of vehicle to one with a diesel engine to improve economy and cut expenditure.