Nick  Smith

    Property Talk

    Nick Smith is the former CEO of The Wave, Muscat. You can reach him at

Knowing Dubai
    December 19, 2011

“It is time for us to do some seasonal shopping,” announced Charlotte, my wife, aka Management, “so please book some flights to Dubai.” We like to take a few weekends there each year and prefer the short plane trip now that the fares have become much more affordable than a few years ago. Oman Air followed flydubai’s low prices, and there are also now plenty of flights to choose from.

Eurozone crisis
    December 12, 2011

“Will the eurozone crisis become a problem for us in Oman,” asked a friend of mine the other day, “And why is it such an issue for the UK, seeing as the UK is not in the euro?”

Sandwich: The hunt begins
    December 5, 2011

I am often around the Madinat as Sultan Qaboos (MQ) area at lunchtime, and have recently found myself peering into the sandwich display at Al Fair, hoping for some inspiration. Three times now I have run into my friend David who is doing the same thing. We would like to buy something appetising to eat.

In the aftermath of Phet
    June 29, 2010

Many parts of Oman suffered again at the hands of the natural elements on June 4, 2010 and our thoughts are still with those who lost loved ones at that time.

Staircases to excite
    June 15, 2010

A grand staircase makes an immediate impact, but more than that, it is often the aspect of the property best remembered by the visitor. Cornish Stairways (, a specialist company based in south-west England, has designed and supplied some of the most prestigious staircases in the world, and many to buildings we all know in the Middle East.