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									                                 the inflight magazine Of Oman air

                                                OctOber 2010

It’s Oman
World Heritage wonders

Get rid of oily skin

Reach the top of
your leader ladder       London CaLLing
  Oman Air’s distinctive livery can now be seen in more
  destinations around the world than ever before and
                                                             Sultanate, has just seen two records smashed by Oman
                                                             Air Majan, a state-of-the-art, ocean-going trimaran.
  at higher altitude – without actually taking off – at      Sailed single-handedly round Britain and Ireland by
  Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.               her skipper, Sidney Gavignet, Oman Air Majan set
  As the air travel gateway to the awe-inspiring             new solo and fully-crewed records. The skipper proved
  Himalayan state of Nepal, Tribhuvan is located just        once again his proficiency at preparing for the gruelling
  six kilometres from Kathmandu city centre and at a         Route du Rhum transatlantic race, from St Malo in
  height of 1 338m (4 390ft) above sea level. It provides    France to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which
  a breath-taking welcome to a country whose scenery,        takes place at the end of October.
  culture and history are never less than spectacular
  and we are delighted that Oman Air’s new service to        We are also reaching new heights in many other areas
  Nepal is now offering customers the opportunity to visit   of our operations, from marketing to sales, in-flight
  in true Omani style.                                       services to frequent flier benefits. All of this has attracted
  Closer to home, we have also launched a new service        the attention of a range of industry and consumer
  to Dammam – our third destination in the Kingdom           organisations, which have nominated us in their awards
  of Saudi Arabia and a route that is already proving        programmes. Whether it is for Best Long-Haul Airline
  popular with visitors from both the Gulf region and        or Best Annual Report, Oman Air is receiving acclaim
  from further afield. Over the coming months we will be     from around the world – which is both enormously
  announcing further great new destinations, increasing      satisfying and entirely fitting for an airline that prides
  our ever-growing network and offering even more            itself on offering only the very best.
  diversified choices to our customers.                      I hope you enjoy your flight and look forward to
  Air travel is not, however, the only arena in which        welcoming you back very soon.
  Oman Air is reaching new heights. Our recent
  partnership with Oman Sail, the government-backed          Peter Hill
  organisation devoted to the promotion of sailing in the    Chief Executive Officer
Contents                               London Calling
                                       Whether you are a first-time visitor or a return fan, London is steeped in history and
                                       heritage, and more importantly it is accessible, affordable and quite mesmerising.


Sites to behold
Oman boasts four stunning World Heritage Sites:
the Bahla Fort, the Land of Frankincense, the
Aflaj irrigation system and the Bat, Al-Khutm
and Al-Ayn settlement and necropolis.

                                                        The leader ladder
                                                        Are you at the top of your business game but you
                                                        want to go even further? Here’s how in several
                                                        simple steps.

Shed the sheen                                                                          24
                                                      Fashion & Trends
Does your oily skin get you down? Read up on how
to beat this common but unsightly problem.
                                                      The versatility of leather, the timelessness of
                                                      clogs and the elegance of time - find out what’s
                                                      happening in the world of fashion this month.
World View
A selection of striking and quirky pics from around the planet.                          30


                                                                                        From the Commonwealth Games to Beijing tennis,
                                                                                        October is one busy sporting month.

           Kids Corner
           Occupy your kids or take some
          time out yourself with these fun
                    cartoons and puzzles.
                                                                                        Reviewsreading this month
                                                                                        Find out what we are
                                                                                        and the latest big screen releases.

           36                Culture & Heritage
                             Oman is full of some simply majestic roundabouts,
                             each of which depict a slice of the country’s history.

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                                                                              There is a world to explore in the massive city, and different districts   If you are a first-timer to London, here is a
                                                                              reflect differing national characteristics. A survey in 2005 revealed      breakdown of the most famous tourism spots.
                                                                              that there were more than 300 languages and 50 non-indigenous              Day planner

                                                                              communities in London. Indeed, part of London’s character and              Right, so you have landed in London and are
                                                                              strength lies in this very cultural dynamism.                              raring to go. What to do first in this incredibly
                                                                                                                                                         busy city? It is worth drawing up a day plan to
                                                                                                                                                         cover your stay in London. For example, dedicate
                                                                                                                                                         two or three days to seeing the sights and soaking
                                                                                                                                                         up the sheer weight of history. Do not forget to fit
                                                                                                                                                         in a visit to some of the famous art galleries and
                                                                                                                                                         museums. Then allow for some serious shopping
A first-time visitor’s guide to the major landmarks                                                                                                      time at world-famous venues such as Harrods,
and draw cards in London, England                                                                                                                        Hamleys and Oxford Street. Finally, soak up some
                                                                                                                                                         culture with a visit to Covent Garden, Carnaby
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in                                                                                     Street and Camden Lock. For a hair-raising day
London all that life can afford.” So said 18th-century English author                                                                                    out, take in the Tower of London and the London
Samuel Johnson. He was man of strong opinions. But what is it about                                                                                      Dungeon, and then relax with some laughs at life-
London that so inspired Johnson, and still inspires more than 14 million                                                                                 like replicas of some of your favourite celebrities at
overseas visitors a year? Partly it’s the sense of recorded history, dating                                                                              Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
back at least 2 000 years to when the Romans first arrived, and the
subsequent waves of Saxons, Danes, Vikings and so on. Everyone
                                                                                                                                                         Getting around
                                                                                                                                                         If you are only going to be in London for a short
recognised the geo-political and trade importance of the port city on the
                                                                                                                                                         time, say a week, it makes sense to stay in Central
River Thames.
                                                                                                                                                         London and use public transport. This will save
Out of this cultural melting pot London has grown to                                                                                                     you time and money in getting around, and most
become one of the most important financial                                                                                                               of the major tourist attractions are in the central
and cultural capitals of Europe, if not the                                                                                                              area anyway. It is very easy to use buses and,
world, being birthed anew out of multiple                                                                                                                of course, the London Underground, and it is
fires, plagues, a civil war and the second                                                                                                               worthwhile investigating ticket options, such as the
World War bombing. It is perhaps this                                                                                                                    London Pass which is a fixed rate sight-seeing pass
sense of history, of having their backs                                                                                                                  that allows you to visit more than 50 attractions.
against the wall, that makes Londoners
the delightfully quirky bunch they are!
                                                                                                                                                         Double decker bus
                                                                                                                                                         In England, double deckers are either a chocolate
                                                                                                                                                         bar, or a big red, double layered bus. We are talking
                                                                                                                                                         about the buses here, which are an iconic feature
                                                                                                                                                         of London, almost as much as Big Ben and the
                                                                                                                                                         Houses of Parliament. They are a fantastic and fun
                                                                                                                                                         way to get around the city, whether you just want
                                                                                                                                                         to go shopping or be taken on a guided tour. For
                                                                                                                                                         open-top sight-seeing tours, book at
                                                                                                                                                Tickets are usually valid
                                                                                                                                                         for 24 hours and allow you to hop on and hop off
                                                                                                                                                         whenever you want.

Image sources: Photolibrary; iStockphoto
Cover image: Photolibrary                                                                      Tower Bridge seen from the side of the River Thames
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                                                                                     and Canaletto and sculptures by Canova. During
                                                                                     summer months visitors can tour the 19 State
                                                                                     rooms, the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery.
                                                                                     Entrance is by timed ticket so book at
                                                                           , or ring
                                                                                     +44 (0)20 77667300.

                                                                                     It is perhaps this sense of
                                                                                     history, of having their backs
                                                                                     against the wall, that makes
                                                                                     Londoners the delightfully
                                                                                     quirky bunch they are
                                                                                     A must-see if you are going to Buckingham Palace
                                                                                     is the famous Changing of the Guard, which is
                                                                                     when the soldiers who guard the Queen, called the
                                                                                     Queen’s Guard, come off duty and are replaced by
                                                                                     the new guards. They wear a full-dress uniform
                                                                                     of red tunics and bearskins. When mounted, they
                                                                                     wear white riding-breeches, black leather boots,
London Eye                                                                           which are called jack boots, having been “jacked”
                                                                                     or reinforced against sword blows. Changing
London Eye                                                                           of the Guard takes place at Buckingham Palace
If the top deck of a bus just isn’t high enough for you, aim for a bird’s eye view   every day between May and July at 11.30am and
of London with a ride on Europe’s biggest Ferris Wheel, the 135-metre high           last for about half an hour. It also takes place at
London Eye. Once described as London’s Eiffel Tower, the Eye has 32 egg-             Horse Guards Arch, daily at 11am, and 10am on
shaped passenger capsules and one complete rotation takes about 30 minutes,          Sundays, at the Horse Guards Parade by the arch
so no stomach-churning rush here! However, it carries more than 10 000               of Horse Guards Building. Be advised, there is no
people every day so make sure to book your trip. It is situated on the south         Guard Mounting in very wet weather.
banks of the Thames in Jubilee Gardens, Lambeth.
                                                                                     Be sure to get a photo taken of yourself standing
Book at
                                                                                     with one of the Guards. Their discipline is
Buckingham Palace                                                                    legendary and the Guards are under strict
Where better to start than with the seat of royal power, Buckingham Palace,          instructions not to react to the public, so please
the official residence of British kings and queens since 1837. Check to see if       do not taunt or annoy them. After all, they are
the Queen is home by looking for the royal standard on the flagpole on the           guarding the Queen!
roof! The Palace was actually built in 1702 by the Duke of Buckingham as             It is a short and easy walk from Buckingham to
his London pad! The Palace - one of the few remaining working palaces left           other major landmarks, for example, the Houses
in the world - has 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal and guest           of Parliament, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus,
bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms, many of which             St James’ Palace and 10 Downing Street, the
contain priceless works of art, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens             British Prime Minister’s official office.

A wintry Buckingham Palace
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Houses of Parliament
Also known as Westminster Palace, the Houses
of Parliament are the seat of government,
containing the House of Lords and the House
of Commons. A royal palace was first built on
the site in the 11th-century and the area was the
residence of the first kings of England until the
16th-century. Major reconstruction work has
been repeatedly carried out after damage from
several fires and bombing during the Second
World War.

In many ways, London is a
string of villages each with
their own characteristic
high streets, shops,
restaurants and parks
The Houses of Parliament are open to the public
and guided tours are available most days. For
more information, visit
Big Ben                                               Royal guards at Buckingham Palace
The clock tower, built in 1288, on the Houses of
Parliament houses a main bell known as Big Ben.      indeed one of the country’s supreme honours to be buried here. It is believed
Although the clock tower is a symbol of London       that the first structure on the site was erected in around 624AD, although
and all things English, and a massive tourist draw   the first proven records indicate that a community of Benedictine monks
card, the actual interior of the tower is not open   were housed here in about 960AD. Westminster Abbey is where kings
to the public. It has featured in countless films    and queens have been crowned since 1066. The Abbey also features in Dan
and TV programmes, and is the largest four-          Brown’s bestseller, The Da Vinci Code!
faced, chiming clock in the world.                   It is open to the public daily from 9.30am-3.45pm, except Wednesdays
Did you know that when the clock tolls, a person     when it closes at 7pm. Saturday opening hours are 9am-1.45pm. Closed
listening to the sound on the radio in Sydney,       on Sundays. 90-minute guided tours start at the North Door several
Australia, will hear the sound before a person       times a day. Visit for
standing at the bottom of Big Ben. Thanks to the     more information and costs.
speed of radio waves.                                There are more than 300 art galleries and museums in London and
Westminster Abbey                                    most are free to enter. If you are on a short visit, be sure to visit the
Every year, more than a million people are           Tate Gallery, which houses British art. Fascinating museums, great
drawn to this beautiful 700-year-old Gothic          if you have kids, are the British Science Museum and the Natural
architectural masterpiece, which stands next to      History Museum, both of which have informative, interactive
the Houses of Parliament. Over 3 000 people,         displays. For more on art galleries and museums,
including kings, queens, scholars, authors, poets                                  visit
and musicians are buried in the building and it is

Big Ben and
the Houses of
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                                                            Country Facts
                                                                                                                                T tional
A great way to spend an evening
in London is by going to the
theatre, whether you are in the
                                      Oman Air flies daily between Muscat and London Heathrow.
mood for fringe entertainment
or classical hits like Phantom of
                                      Visa requirements: Certain nationalities, known as visa nationals, need to obtain
                                      a visa before travelling to the UK. Even if you are not a visa national, you may need a
the Opera, Cats or Oliver.
                                      visa, depending on the reason for coming to the UK. Check your category on
For a great website offering Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US need
bookings and guides,                  valid passports to enter the UK and re-enter their home countries. EU citizens should
visit         carry their passports, though they may not be checked. Britain does not allow entrance
                                      if the holder’s passport expires in under six months. Non-visa nationals do not require
                                                                                                                                Plenty of fun has been poked at English
In many ways, London is a
string of villages each with their    an entry clearance before travelling to the UK unless coming to the UK for more than      cuisine and the English are well aware of this.
own characteristic high streets,      six months, or coming to the UK in certain categories, eg as a fiancé(e).                 They have worked hard to improve their international
shops, restaurants and parks, all     Languages spoken: English                                                                 reputation. So much so, in fact, that the February 2005 issue of
of them reflecting the flavour of
                                      Currency: Pounds Sterling and pence. 100 pence make one pound.                            Gourmet magazine proclaimed that London was the best place in the world to eat!
their immigrant communities.
It would take a lifetime to                                                                                                     This does not refer only to the superb restaurants available in the capital city. Every
properly explore all that the                                                                                                   corner of the country offers tasty things to eat, from Yorkshire puddings and haggis to
city has to offer, but even just
spending a week or two there
will probably have you agreeing
with old Mr Johnson!                                                                                                            LANCASHirE HOtPOt
Know before you go                                                                                                              ingredients:                           Method
For valuable information on                                                                                                     • 1 ½ pound middle or best end lamb    Cut the meat into small chunks and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Chop up the
accommodation, tourist spots,                                                                                                                                          vegetables into “farmhouse-style” chunks and layer the meat and the vegetables in a
                                                                                                                                • 2 kidneys (optional)
shopping, fairs, theatre, visit the                                                                                                                                    large casserole dish. Add extra seasoning as required. Next, place the thickly-sliced
following websites:                                                                                                             • Pepper and salt                      potatoes onto the top of the meat and vegetables, making sure that the potato slices are;                                                                                                         • 1 or 2 carrots                       overlapping.;                                                                                                             • 1 piece of turnip                    Pour in about half a pint of water, or enough until the water rises to about one-third of                                                                                                                                                         the way up the casserole dish. Over the surface of the food drop little dabs of dripping.
                                                                                                                                • 8 oz onions (or chopped leeks)
                                                                                                                                                                       Cover the casserole dish and place in a slow oven (275° to 300° F) for about three
                                                                                                                                • 1 pound peeled and sliced potatoes   hours. Uncover the casserole about half an hour before the three hours are up and
                                                                                                                                • Dripping (bacon will do)             whack up the oven heat to brown the top layer of potatoes.

Westminster Abbey
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Sites to behold
                                                                                                                                      In order to comply for World Heritage status,       exceptional natural beauty that represent major stages in the Earth’s
                                                                                                                                      a country must first make an inventory of its       history, as well as areas of outstanding importance in terms of
                                                                                                                                      sites of cultural and physical importance and       biological diversity and endangered species.
                                                                                                                                      nominate a particular site for evaluation by
                                                                                                                                                                                          Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
                                                                                                                                      the World Conservation Union and the
                                                                                                                                                                                          This is a wonderfully complete example of a third millennium BC
                                                                                                                                      International Council on Monuments
                                                                                                                                                                                          necropolis site. Together with fortification towers, settlements and
Not every country can boast one, never mind four! We are talking about                                                                and Sites. There are 10 selection criteria and      irrigation installations for agricultural cultivation, it is a rare example
Oman’s World Heritage Sites which the global community has honoured                                                                   to be chosen as a World Heritage Site,              of the way an ancient culture lived.
for their significance to the present and for posterity                                                                               the site must comply with each one.
Having just one World Heritage Site is something any country can be                Each WHS belongs to the country where it is        Why do they matter?                                 Visitors cannot fail to be struck by the
rightfully proud about. So to have four such sites is truly a feather in the cap   located, but it is also understood that it is in   The criteria for a place of cultural significance   realisation that the site points to the
of this dynamic, culturally significant land. The four sites in Oman are the       the interest of the international community to     includes an example of human creative genius,       existence of an advanced, well-ordered
Bahla Fort, the Land of Frankincense, the Aflaj irrigation system and the Bat,     preserve these sites. There are 840 WHS in         such as an example of traditional human             civilisation 5 000 years ago in Oman
Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn settlement and necropolis.                                     148 countries.                                     settlement or land use which has become
                                                                                                                                      vulnerable over time. It also might reflect the     Part of the reason for its being accorded World Heritage Site status
What is a World Heritage Site?                                                                                                                                                            was its superb example of Bronze Age funeral practices. Situated in
A World Heritage Site (WHS) is one listed by the United Nations                                                                       interchange of cultures over a span of time, and
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ibri, some 300km south-west of Muscat, the northern part of the site
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)                                                                            especially any culture that has since vanished
                                                                                                                                                                                          consists of bee-hive tombs while the southern part contains cemeteries
as a place having special cultural or physical importance.                                                                            from the face of the earth, or is in danger of
                                                                                                                                                                                          of the Um al-Nar period’s style, between 2700BC and 2000AD. The
                                                                                                                                      doing so.
                                                                                                                                                                                          site used to stand at the intersection of ancient trade routes, and
                                                                                                                                      Criteria for natural or physical World              exploratory work has revealed several tombs which date back to the
                                                                                                                                      Heritage significance reflect examples of           Iron Age.

Image sources:
Hamad Albusaidi
Khalil Al Zadjali
Nasser R Alazry                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ancient tomb structures at Al Ayn
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Archaeological work has also unearthed well-designed red pottery                                                                                         The Land of Frankincense
pieces decorated with horizontal black lines. An archeological tomb                                                                                      Many visitors to Oman will have heard of frankincense
dating to the Um al-Nar period and some chambers of the main                                                                                             from the Bible, it being one of the gifts from the Three
tower in the settlement have been renovated.                                                                                                             Wise Men to the baby Jesus. However, many will
Visitors cannot fail to be struck by the realisation that the site points                                                                                not have actually seen a frankincense tree, much less
to the existence of an advanced, well-ordered civilisation 5 000 years                                                                                   one being harvested. The frankincense trail, on what
ago in Oman that must have enjoyed a flourishing economy and                                                                                             has come to be known as the Incense Road, actually
contact with other parts of the world! The construction of the tombs                                                                                     consists of four designated areas, the archaeological sites
suggests a specialist knowledge of stonemasonry as well as a thriving                                                                                    of Shisr, Khor Rori and Al-Balid, and the Frankincense
architectural community.                                                                                                                                 Park of Wadi Dawkah. These places straddle an ancient
Bahla Fort                                                                                                                                               caravan route that took frankincense from here to
Oman has been described as “the land of 1 000 forts” and it certainly                                                                                    different corners of the world. A tour of this World
seems wherever you drive across the Sultanate that there are forts                                                                                       Heritage Site with leave visitors with a glimpse into one
on every hilltop. However, only one made it into the ranks of World                                                                                      of the most important luxury trading activities of the
Heritage Sites.                                                                                                                                          ancient world.
                                                                                                                                                         In addition, the Oasis of Shishr and the structures at
Bahla Fort is one of four historic fortresses situated at the foot of the
                                                                                                                                                         Khor Rori and Al-Balid are outstanding examples of
Jabal al Akhdar highlands. Its stone foundations and immense adobe
                                                                                                                                                         medieval fortified settlements.
walls and towers were built in the 13th and 14th centuries, and reflect
the power and vision of the dominant tribe in the area at the time, the
Banu Nebhan. Some of the walls are 165 feet high. Reconstruction            Frankin
                                                                                    cense tr
                                                                                            e   e
work is ongoing at the Bahla Fort. To the southwest is the Jaamea
Mosque with a 14th-century sculpted mihrab. Bahla Fort is about a
two-hour drive south-west from Muscat towards Nizwa.
                                                                            Aflaj irrigation System
                                                                            This World Heritage Site refers to the
                                                                            ancient system of water irrigation that is
                                                                            believed to have been in use in Oman since
                                                                            around 2500BC, and is still in use in some
                                                                            places. Five actual sites were selected by the
                                                                            World Heritage Committee to represent the
                                                                            more than 3 000 sites in Oman.
                                                                            These are Falaj Al-Khatmeen, Falaj
                                                                            Al-Malki, Falaj Daris, Falaj Al-Jeela and
                                                                            Falaj Al-Muyassar.
                                                                            The system works by letting gravity channel
                                                                            water from underground springs to crops
                                                                            and human settlements. Such mastery of
                                                                            engineering allowed communities to grow
                                                                            crops in extremely arid areas, and allowed
                                                                            for equitable and effective allocation of
                                                                            scarce water resources throughout
                                                                            the community.
                                                                            A tour of these sites is an absolute must to
                                                                            better understand Omani culture. Look out
                                                                            for the gradual change in water usage, from
                                                                            collection for drinking through male and
                                                                            female ablution areas, laundry and finally
                                                                            into the date fields. Sun dials were also
                                                                            used traditionally to time the distribution
                                                                            of water.
Bahla Fort                                                                                                                   Childre
                                                                                                                                    n perfor
                                                                                                                                            m ablut
                                                                                                                                                   ions (wa
                                                                                                                                                           dhu) at
                                                                                                                                                                   the falaj.
18 HealtH & Beauty

Shed                                                                                                                                       Image sources: iStockphoto

the sheen
Oily skin can be a real nuisance and an embarrassment, but help is at your fingertips
Oily, spotty skin is not just a problem faced by         turn off the taps
teenagers, although hormonal fluctuations in young       It sounds counter-intuitive, but repeated washing of your face can actually
people’s bodies do often result in increased oil         cause your oil glands to increase production of oil. You should really only
production and acne. Oily skin can be due to a wide      wash your face twice a day, morning and night. See below for more on
range of factors, from the weather to diet.              washing your skin.
The first thing you need to know is that our bodies      Pimp your pores
secrete oil naturally. This helps protect our skin and   Having said that, of course you need to cleanse your skin. When buying a facial
keep it moisturised. However, too much oil creates       cleanser, make sure you choose one that does not contain alcohol, as this can
all sorts of problems, from exacerbating acne to         over-dry your skin. Rather than a facial cream, go for a cleansing gel that is
making make-up look patchy. Here’s what to do:           designed to remove dirt, oil and make-up, and use that once a day.
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                                                                             And remember, the more you sweat, the more your          Nature’s little helpers
                                                                             body is getting rid of any clogging agents in your       Many herbs are ideal for combatting oily skin. For example, aloe has
                                                                              skin that can cause acne. Have a shower straight        excellent healing properties, while burdock root, chamomile,
                                                                               after exercising so that sweat doesn’t sit on your     parsley and thyme all rejuvenate your skin. Witch hazel
                                                                                face and clog your pores.                             also absorbs oil.
                                                                                You are what you eat                                  In the evenings, simmer several teaspoonfuls of
                                                                                 Or at least in this case, what you eat affects the   lemongrass or rosebuds in a pot of hot water. When
                                                                                 way you look. In today’s fast food world, it is      the liquid starts to steam, place your face over the
                                                                                  not always easy to eat healthily, but there are     steam, using a towel over your head and the bowl if you
                                                                                   some things you should avoid at all costs.         want to trap the vapour. Do this for 15 minutes several times a
                                                                                    Avoid fried and fatty foods. If you are using     week. Afterwards, splash cold water on your face and pat dry
                                                                                    oil to cook, then try olive oil or canola oil.    with a towel.
                                                                                     Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food. Cut       Eyes on the oil
                                                                                     out all sugar-based soft drinks.                 It might sound odd, but try keeping a record of when your skin seems
                                                                         Make sure you eat plenty of fresh, green vegetables and      most oiliest and least oiliest. It might turn out that certain meals or      These include prescription topical and oral
                                                    fresh fruit. Add buckwheat, black beans and whole rice to your diet. Drink at     certain types of stress increase the oil on your face. If you can identify   drugs such as Retin A, Differin, Tazorac or
                                                    least eight cups of water a day, to help flush your body of toxins.               trends, it will be much easier to make a plan to combat the grease!          Accutane. However, make sure you always
        An exfoliating gel will assist in
                                                    It is worth remembering that a lack of vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. To         If all else fails, you might consider visiting your doctor to enquire        take professional medical advice before trying
unblocking pores and will reduce the visibility
                                                    increase your daily vitamin B intake, eat lots of wheat germ, whole grains,       about a range of professional treatments that can help reduce oily skin.     ANY medication.
of your pores. Just remember not to exfoliate
                                                    beans, nuts, and royal jelly.
too often - two or three times a week is all you
need. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or      Don’t max the make-up
medicated soap. Bear in mind that normal soaps      Certain make-ups increase oil production, so try to reduce the amount of
tend to strip oil from your skin and generally do   make-up you use. This is especially true if you are going to be in a hot or
more harm than good. Your skin might feel tight     humid climate where you are likely to perspire. Before you apply your
and look fresh immediately after using normal       make-up, apply an antiseptic day cream which contains benzyl peroxide as
soaps, but in actual fact they throw your body’s    an active ingredient. Then, apply only a light moisturiser and blush with
natural cleansing agents out of synch.              natural-colored lipstick and mascara.
Clay or mud masks can also help gently remove
oil from your skin, leaving oily skin looking
                                                    Drink at least eight cups of water a day,
fresher for several hours afterwards.
                                                    to help flush your body of toxins
run for the hills
Any form of exercise helps your body to flush
toxins that can cause excessively oily
skin. Exercise increases your
circulation which in turn makes
all those important nutrients get to
your cells.
Exercise can also help reduce stress
levels in the body, and stress build-up
has been linked to the increased
production of oil. It doesn’t matter
what type of exercise you do. You are
not trying to become the next Lance
Armstrong or Mr Universe. Gently does
it. Just get the heart rate going! Regular
exercise limits your body’s production
of the chemical sebum, and this has been
linked to a decrease in the production of
oil and acne.
22 Business                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BusIness   23

                                                                                                   If you are in a management position, chances are a combination of hard

                                                                                                   work, determination and self-belief brought you there. But don’t stop
                                                                                                   just yet. As well as developing the art of speaking in public, here are
                                                                                                   some handy ways to increase your leadership skills.
                                                                                                   Learn from the best
                                                                                                   Whenever you meet someone in a senior management position, whether
                                                                                                   they are from the same company, a different company or indeed from a
                                                                                                   completely different field to you, try to establish a personal relationship
                                                                                                   with them. Of course, this does not mean toadying up to anyone in
                                                                                                   a suit! It is, however, highly likely that such people will have years of
                                                                                                   experience upon which you can draw. Ask them their professional advice
                                                                                                   on how to kick-start your own career. Ask what career choices they

                                                                                                   made to get to the top. Listen to what they have to say.
                                                                                                   As above, so below
                                                                                                   While you are cultivating connections with the board of directors, never,
So you are at the top of your business game, but your                                              ever forget the people beneath you. The mark of a true leader is one who
sights are set on the stars. Here’s how to get there                                               is able to inspire and develop their subordinates to better themselves. It’s
                                                                                                   simple, really. If you inspire your team to function in the most efficient
                                                                                                   manner, productivity will grow. And guess who will be the first to
                                                                                                   notice? The board of directors!                                                 One step at a time
                                                                                                                                                                                   In order to climb the management ladder, of
                                                                                                          Be a doer rather than a talker. So, get                                  course you need drive and determination, but you
                                                                                                            involved in projects outside your                                      will also need extra skills, training and education.
                                                                                                             immediate sphere of influence                                         Trying to find how to do things by trial and error
                                                                                                                                                                                   is unwise. What are the critical issues within your
                                                                                                   i promise                                                                       organisation? How have other people handled these
                                                                                                   When you promise to do something, make sure you do it. It’s a human
                                                                                                                                                                                   issues? Buy books on management and self-help,
                                                                                                   thing, trust - we all want to associate with people we trust, so work on
                                                                                                                                                                                   or enrol in night classes. These extra efforts will not
                                                                                                   building confidence in your professional self. Communicate clearly and
                                                                                                                                                                                   go unnoticed and will convince senior management
                                                                                                   effectively with subordinates, and in return listen to them when they
                                                                                                                                                                                   that you are passionate about your career and about
                                                                                                   speak to you. Be fair with all your subordinates - there is nothing worse
                                                                                                                                                                                   bettering yourself. Think of what you can really
                                                                                                   than a superior who has favourites. People will do what you say when
                                                                                                                                                                                   bring into the company that justifies your ambition.
                                                                                                   they know they can trust you. Do not ask subordinates to do anything
                                                                                                   that you yourself can not or will not do. Provide leadership and others         The more you bring the higher you’ll go.
                                                                                                   will follow. One rule of thumb is, promise less and deliver more.               They need you
                                                                                                   i do                                                                            One thing you will realise as you progress up the

                                                        Image sources: Photolibrary; iStockphoto
                                                                                                   Become known as a person who always goes the extra mile within the              management ladder is that the men and women
                                                                                                   company. Be a doer, rather than a talker. So, get involved in projects          above you also need help. They are always on the
                                                                                                   outside your immediate sphere of influence. If those projects involve lots      lookout for the talented, hard-working employees
                                                                                                   of departments within the company, so much the better - it increases            who will make them look good. So make sure that
                                                                                                   your visibility, allows you to practise your leadership skills with different   employee is you.
                                                                                                   employees, and helps you become known as the go-to guy. One warning             In short, successful management is all about dealing
                                                                                                   here - don’t bite off more than you can handle. If your enthusiasm for a        with people, whether they are staff, customers or
                                                                                                   project is waning, everyone will pick up on that.                               service providers. A confident manager always
                                                                                                   Ahead of the game                                                               knows who to ask to get a particular thing done.
                                                                                                   Don’t be discouraged if you have tried to climb the corporate ladder            Getting your foot on the management ladder is the
                                                                                                   but failed, due to a lack of openings at the top. Collect the experience        start of a new lease to your career life, and the higher
                                                                                                   and the tools you’ll need when a position does open. In the meantime            you climb, the more support you will have around
                                                                                                   start to think about managing projects in the way senior management             you. Remember, at the end of the day, you had what
                                                                                                   does. An effective way to do this is to always consider the impact any          it took to get onto the first rung of the management
                                                                                                   venture or project will have on the business objective, costs and return        ladder. Now make sure you keep on climbing. All the
                                                                                                   on investment.                                                                  way to the dizzy top.
24 FasHion & trends                                                                                                           FasHIon & trenDs   25

                            Sometimes to go forward, you have to go back and
                                                                                      Boot babes
                                                                                      If you thought clogs were only to be
                            this is often true in the world of fashion accessories.   worn by elderly gardeners or 1960’s
                            Urban-trendy fashion house Fossil is gunning              flower children, think again. Clog
                            for the retro look this season                            boots are back, they’re bold and they
                            with a new range of leather                               are fashionable and functional at
                            handbags. All the designs are                             the same time. Hot property
                            inspired by real handbags of                              amongst designers from New
                            yesteryear, suggesting timeless,                          York to Milan, clog boots are
                            crafted quality that will endure                          the ideal way to smarten up
                            from season to season. The                                a casual outfit, especially a
                            bags boast careful attention to                           pair of jeans, and they make
                            detail, for example stud and                              a bold statement about your
                            grommet embellishments, richly                            inner self.
                            burnished leathers, and hand-
                            beaded accents.

It’s a wrap, the new shopping destination for the modern
woman, has introduced a line of stylish ponchos for trans-seasonal dressing.
Made in Italy from luxurious three-ply cashmere, these are light, fine and
guarantee comfort. Available in black, vintage rose, soft light blue and
oatmeal, the ponchos are easy to wear and made to flatter. Whether teamed
simply with jeans for a casual daytime look, or accessorised with statement
jewellery for evening elegance, these ponchos are chic, wearable and a must-
have for the autumn.
26   FasHIon & trenDs

Time for a change
Make that piece of flesh above your hand and below your cuff
prime fashion real estate with one of these striking range of
designer men’s watches. Whether you are in the market for chunky
and bold, or elegant and understated, now is the time to transform
the passing of minutes and hours from functional to chic. As the
saying goes, there’s no time like the present!

                                     Above board
                                     The theme is setting sail for exotic
                                     destinations this month. Think yarn-dyed
                                     crew necks and tough-wearing Breton polos,
                                     and complete the nautical look with
                                     tailored cargo shorts and straw pork
                                     pie hats. And for accessories, don a
                                     pair of tinted sunglasses and boating
                                     espadrilles during the day, and move
                                     to a sophisticated navy-style parker that
                                     complements a pair of denim jeans with turn-
                                     ups. Ahoy there!

                                                                     Leather lather
                                                                     There’s just something about leather. It has been used for
                                                                     millennia as a durable, trendy material for everything from belts
                                                                     to wallets, and this season the focus is back to vintage class.
                                                                     Leather accessories suggest an inner confidence and attention to
                                                                     detail, a return to the simplicity and optimism of yesteryear.
28 World VieW                                                                                                                                                                                                         WorlD VIeW   29

                                                                                                                                                                                     Welcome, child
                                                                                                                                                                                     A King Penguin with its offspring in South
                                                                                                                                                                                     Georgia. The King Penguin is the second largest
                                                                                                                                                                                     of all the penguins, second only to the Emperor
Whale of a time                                                                                                                                                                      Penguin. (Photo:
A diver gets up close with two white beluga whales                                                                                                                                   Media/Getty Images)
under the ice in the White Sea, Russia. The two whales
delicately grab the diver’s arms and appear to be helping                                                              Bear necessity
him swim under the ice. (Photo: Andrey Nekasov/                                                                        Mother and baby panda in Sichuan, China. Giant
Ecoscene/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)                                                                                  pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central
                                                                                                                       China, mainly in Sichuan province, although they
                                                                                                                       are extremely endangered. (Photo:
                                                                                                                       Barcroft Media/Getty Images)

                                                                                                                       My family and other animals
                                                                                                                       Highly social and intelligent animals, gorillas’ habitats
                                                                                                                       are at risk from human exploitation. Here, a lowland
                                                                                                                       gorilla mother clutches her baby, from a series of striking
                                                            Sight for saw eyes
                                                                                                                       pictures in a new book by a renowned British wildlife
                                                            An unusual angle on a smalltooth sawfish (Pristis
                                                                                                                       photographer Steve Bloom. (Photo:
                                                            pectinatus). The fish’s beak, or rostrum, contains
                                                                                                                       Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
                                                            hundreds of motion and electrical sensors, allowing the
                                                            fish to detect the movement and even the heartbeats of
                                                            hiding prey. (Photo: Paulo de Oliveira/

Feet up!
A rare cloud formation seems to resemble a giant
footprint in the sky. This was caused by the effect
                                                                                                                                                                                     Boarder-line crazy
of heat and wind forcing water vapour particles to
                                                                                                                                                                                     A body-boarder on the pipeline off North Shore
separate into the shape of a foot. (Photo: Photosearch
                                                                                                                                                                                     in Oahu, Hawaii. Brave surfers from all around
                                                                                                                                                                                     the world travel to Hawaii each year hoping to
                                                                                                                                                                                     catch one of these legendary big waves.
                                                                                                                                                                                     (Photo: Vince Cavataio/

                                                            trip the light fantastic
                                                            A shot of the Northern Lights, which are nightly
                                                            phenomena in the far northern hemisphere. The Lights,
                                                            also known as Aurora Borealis, are caused by the
                                                            collision of atoms with the earth’s upper atmosphere.
                                                            (Photo: James McLoughlin/
30 sports                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sports      31

                                                                                                                                                                                    Motor racing
Commonwealth Games                                                                                                                                                                  October 10
                                                                                                                                                                                    Suzuka, Japan
October 3 - 14
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Japanese F1 Grand Prix is
Delhi, india
                                                                                                                                                                                    traditionally the last race in the FIA
The 19th Commonwealth Games                  The first time the Games have even been
                                                                                                                                                                                    Formula One World Championships.
promise to be the largest multi-sport        held in India, the opening ceremony will
                                                                                                                                                                                    It has been the venue for many title-
event to date in the sub continent. Some     be at the Jawaharlal stadium in Delhi.
                                                                                                                                                                                    deciding races, with 12 world champs
72 countries will compete in a wide          The budget is $1.6 billion, excluding
                                                                                                                                                                                    crowned after it. It is held on one of the
range of disciplines, from badminton,        funds for infrastructure development.
                                                                                                                                                                                    toughest and oldest circuits in the world,   nail-biter finish. It is one of the few circuits in the world to have a figure-eight layout,
cycling and boxing to archery,               This makes them the most expensive
                                                                                                                                                                                    Suzuka, which is designed to provide a       and always proves to be a massive test of driver skill.
swimming, wrestling and weight-lifting.      Commonwealth Games ever.

Tennis                                                                                                                                                                              Golf
                                                                                                                                                                                    October 28 - 31
October 4 - 10                                                                     an emblem of the Beijing Olympics. The best
Beijing, China                                                                     players on the ATP circuit will be competing
The Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center, purpose-built for the 2008                for prize money of $2,100,000, including Rafael
                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the first
Olympic Games, is the venue for this year’s China Open. The 10-court               Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick in the
stadia, which employ space-age air-cooling technology to benefit players and       men’s category, and the Williams sisters and Jelena
                                                                                                                                                                                    sanctioned by the
spectators, feature three main courts built to represent lotus flowers –           Jankovic amongst others in the women’s category.
                                                                                                                                                                                    PGA in Southeast
                                                                                                                                                                                    Asia. The CIMB
                                                                                                                                                                                    Asia Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                                    Classic Malaysia
                                                                                                                                                                                    will be held at
                                                                                                                                                                                    the exclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mines Resort and
                                                                                                                                                                                    Golf Club. The
                                                                                                                                                                                    tournament is
                                                                                                                                                                                    co-sanctioned by
                                                                                                                                                                                    the PGA tour, the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Asian Tour and
                                                                                                                                                                                    the Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                    Golf Association

                                                                                                                                         Image sources: Photolibrary; iStockphoto
                                                                                                                                                                                    of Malaysia. This
                                                                                                                                                                                    is the tournament’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    inaugural year,
                                                                                                                                                                                    and an estimated
                                                                                                                                                                                    international field
                                                                                                                                                                                    of 40 players will
                                                                                                                                                                                    go head to head for
                                                                                                                                                                                    total prize money
                                                                                                                                                                                    worth $6 million.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The winner will
                                                                                                                                                                                    take home a cool
                                                                                                                                                                                    $1 million.
32 reVieWs                                                                                                                                                                                                              reVIeWs   33

Secretariat                                                                     Life As We Know It                                                    The Girl Who Kicked
Director: randall Wallace
Starring: Diane Lane, Dylan Walsh, John Malkovich, Scott Glenn
                                                                                Director: Greg Berlanti
                                                                                Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel,                              The Hornets’ Nest
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures                                                    Josh Lucas, Jean Smart                                                FiNAL NOVEL iN tHE triLOGY
releasing: October 8, 2010                                                      Studio: Warner Bros Pictures                                          By Stieg Larsson
                                       A feel-good classic based on the         releasing: October 8, 2010                                            If you haven’t read the first two books in this gripping, anti-
                                        exhilarating true story about                                                                                 corporate excess Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, then
                                                                                Holly Berenson (Heigl) is an dynamic caterer
                                         one of the greatest racehorses                                                                               do yourself a favour and make sure you do. In this, the final
                                                                                and Eric Messer (Duhamel) is a talented network sports
                                         of all time - Secretariat - the                                                                              installment, Larsson examines the unhappy childhood of his
                                                                                boss. They have the same god-daughter, Sophie. When
                                          winner of the 1973 Triple                                                                                   heroine Lisbeth Salander. Salander lies in a coma in hospital,
                                          Crown. Housewife Penny                they decide to go on a date, the event is a complete flop             accused of three murders, while investigative reporter Mikael
                                           Chenery (Lane) takes over            and they realise they can’t stand each other. However,                Blomkvist rushes round trying to clear her name. In the
                                           her ill father’s stud farm,          when Sophie’s world comes tumbling down, Holly and                    background lurks a rogue Swedish Special Forces unit. Just how
                                            even though she knows               Eric realise they have to put aside their differences and             innocent is Salander?
                                             little about racehorses            look after Sophie. This means living under one roof while
                                              and the industry is very          balancing careers and conflicting social calendars.
                                              male-dominated. She
                                               receives expert help from
                                                horse guru Lucien Laurin                                                                              The Particular Sadness
                                                 (Malkovich) and together
                                                  the two produce the first                                                                           Of Lemon Cake
                                                   Triple Crown winner in                                                                             A NOVEL
                                                   25 years.                                                                                          By Aimee Bender
                                                                                                                                                       Set in a neurotic Los Angeles household, nine-year-old Rose is
                                                                                                                                                      desperate for recognition, while her brainy older brother steals
                                                                                                                                                      all the limelight. One day, Rose eats a slice of her mother’s
                                                                                                                                                      lemon-fudge cake and her world changes. Suddenly she can
                                                                                                                                                      “taste” her mother’s hidden pain and from then on she feels the
                                                                                                                                                      emotion inside the person who prepared every slice she eats.
                                                                                                                                                      A beautifully-written, sensual and haunting look into one family’s
                                                                                                                                                      thwarted ambitions and emotional fragility, set against a

                                                                                                                                                      backdrop of immigrant America.
                                             Director: robert Schwentke
                                             Starring: Morgan Freeman, Bruce
                                             Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren,
                                             Ernest Borgnine                                                                                          Anthropology Of An
                                             Studio: Summit Entertainment
                                                                                               THREE DAYS                                             American Girl
                                                                                                OF MUSIC
                                             releasing: October 15, 2010
                                             Four top CIA agents have too many                                                                        A NOVEL
                                             secrets and the latest secret has put them                                   ober 20,
                                                                                                         ic Festival - Oct                            By Hilary thayer Hamann
                                             firmly in the organisation’s crosshairs.     Sohar Youth Mus
                                                                                                                 nal School.
                                                                                                             Internatio                               Is this the next American classic, along the lines of
                                             The four will have to use all their          2010, Al Batinah                         ,                  The Catcher in the Rye? That’s what the critics are asking
                                                                                                              ight - October 28
                                             combined experience and cunning in            World Music N                     ltural                   about Anthropology of An American Girl , which follows
                                                                                                           otel. A multi-cu
                                             the murky world of spy versus spy to stay     Sohar Beach H
                                                                                                            t musician  s performing                  the emotional and romantic upheavals of graduating high
                                             alive and one step ahead of CIA assassins     selection of grea                   an, UK,                school student Eveline Auerbach. Whether you agree, or
                                                                                                             ca, India, Pakist
                                             sent to eliminate them. The only way to       music from Afri                                            whether you think the writing falls short of JD Salinger’s
                                             stop the manhunt is a suicide mission -        USA and Oman                      - November 4,           masterpiece, nevertheless, this is a journey about self-
                                                                                                             zz Festival
                                             breaking into the CIA headquarters and         international Ja           OR5 pp.                        discovery, and the emptiness inside, which the outside
                                                                                                              har. Entry:
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34 Kids Corner                                                                                                             KIDs Corner   35

                                                     Bats always turn left
                                                     when exiting a cave.

                                                                                                                             A violin contains
                                                                                                                             about 70 separate
                                                                                                                             pieces of wood!

                                                                                                                           A duck’s quack
                                                                                                                           doesn’t echo,
                                                                                                                           and no one
                                                                                                                           knows why.

                    No piece of paper can be
                    folded in half more than seven
                    times. Go ahead and try!

                 Did you know?
                                                                                                      You burn more calories sleeping
                 There are more                                                                       than you do watching television.
                 than 10 million
                 bricks in the
                 Empire State

                                                                             Clocks made before the
                                                                             year 1660 had only one
                                                                             hand – an hour hand.
36 Culture & Heritage                                                                                                                                                                                           tourism & entertainment 37
Al Sahwa Tower - Seeb                                                                                                                                                                Museums                                              Omani French Museum
Al Sahwa Tower (or Burj al Sahwa), built in October 1985, is a symbol                                                                             To make your cultural journey complete, a visit to at least
of the Omani Renaissance, reflecting the long, rich civilised legacy of the                                                                               one of the dozen museums in Oman is necessary.
country. In 1970, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos became the Sultan of Oman,                                                                     The Natural History Museum features Oman’s flora and fauna,
and launched a campaign of renaissance. The Al Sahwa Tower was a                                                                              including some of the indigenous species. To get a glimpse of
gift from the people of Oman to His Majesty commemorating this. The                                                                               Oman’s military history, visit the Armed Forces Museum.
roundabout contains a clock tower in the centre, as well as four large mosaic                                                             The National Museum showcases a rare collection of the history
panels and another four smaller ones depicting different aspects of Omani                                                                   of the ruling dynasty. The archaeological lineage of the country
culture and history. The roundabout connects Muscat Governorate with the                                                                         can be found in the Omani Museum. There is an exclusive
                                                                                                                                            museum for children, the Children’s Museum, that is educative
Batinah, Dakiliyah, and Sharqiyah regions.
                                                                                                                                            as well as entertaining. Bait Al Zubair and Bait Al Baranda are
                                                                                                                                           examples of how Oman’s history has been captured in a capsule
                                                                                                                                            for those who are not familiar with it. For a complete listing of
                                                                                Al Bustan - Muscat                                                Oman’s various museums, please refer to the local dailies.
                                                                                Located at the entrance of Al Bustan Palace Hotel,
                                                                                the Al Bustan roundabout shows a model of Sohar,
                                                                                the ship that sailed from Muscat to China in 1980. On
                                                                                the orders of His Majesty the Sultan, the Sohar, which    Salalah Marriott Resort
                                                                                was built in a Middle Ages style, set sail for China to                                                                           Hotels
                                                                                commemorate the maritime glory of Oman,                                                                                           Oman has a wide variety of staying options catering to
                                                                                dating back at least to the 10th century.                                                                                         any and all types of visitors. From plush five-star
                                                                                The Sohar ship was constructed by locals out                                                                                      beach-facing resorts and spas for the more upmarket
                                                                                of wood joined together with coconut fibres.                                                                                      visitors, to the four-star, three-star, hotel apartments,
                                                                                It left Muscat in November 1980 and reached                                                                                       camps, guest houses, and youth hostels, everyone’s
                                                                                Canton in July 1981. When it returned to Oman,                                                                                    wallet is catered for. Desert and mountain camps are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  particularly interesting experiences if you have not
                                                                                the Sohar was honoured by being placed on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  had the opportunity to enjoy them before. While in
                                                                                Al Bustan roundabout.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Muscat, you will be spoilt for choices, and when you

                         Circles of Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  head towards the interior you will experience true
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rustic charm and old-world elegance. Either way,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you will get to experience the essence of true
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Omani hospitality wherever you stay.

  Oman boasts some truly picturesque roundabouts that depict the Sultanate’s rich culture and
   heritage. Of course, the roundabouts help divert and channel road traffic, thereby reducing
   congestion, but they are about far more than that. Each one reflects a little slice of history.
                                                                                                                                                                       Shopping                                                                         Muttrah Souq
                                                                                                                                                  When it comes to shopping, Oman is full of
                                                                                                                                              choices both traditional and modern. If you are
                                                                                                                                             looking for some of the world’s best brands, you
SQU Book Roundabout                                                                                                                          could head to the nearest mega-malls, shopping
This roundabout is located at the entrance of                                                                                                  complexes or hypermarkets. You can find these
the biggest educational institution in Oman,                                                                                                 outlets all across the capital city, as well as in the
Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).                                                                                                               larger cities like Nizwa, Sohar, Sur and Salalah.
The roundabout was previously located in                                                                                                     If traditional shopping is your interest, then you
Al Khoudh before it was replaced by the Al Khoudh                                                                                           must visit the Muttrah Souq beside the Muttrah
flyover and junction. It is considered a symbol of knowledge,                                                                                Corniche area. There are also some very old and
highlighting the most important tool of knowledge, books.                                                                                   famous souqs in Nizwa, Sinaw, Ibra and Salalah.
                                                                                                                                          For tourists, these souqs are a paradise for souvenir
Five closed books form the base while four open books
                                                                                                                                          hunting! Frankincense, perfumes, spices, dates and
stand on top facing different directions. On each open book
                                                                                                                                            antiques jostle for space with electronic products,
is inscribed a quote relating to reading. The top of the tower
                                                                                                                                          fashion accessories and toys. For a complete Oman
has the golden logo of SQU.
                                                                                                                                           experience, have a go at both the old and the new!
38 get Familiar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Get FamIlIar   39

                                                                                                    Whenever you travel overseas, it is often useful
                                                                                                    to understand the local laws and customs in the

                                                                                                    destination country, as they can often be very
                                                                                                    different to your own.
                                                                                                    To avoid any mix up or confusion with local laws
                                                                                                    and customs we have provided some travellers tips to

                                                                                                    assist you in having an enjoyable visit to the Sultanate.
                                                                                                    Please be advised that the information contained
                                                                                                    on this page is not fully comprehensive and
                                                                                                    may be liable to change without prior warning.
                                                                                                    Consult a travel expert or your local embassy

                           at a glance                                                              prior to departing on your journey.
                                                                                                    Oman’s laws are based on Sharia law, also known
                                                                                                    as the Islamic Law.
                                                                                                                                                                • Heavy rainfall can cause sudden and severe flooding to dry riverbeds,
                                                                                                                                                                which may pass over a road. You are advised to take full precautions when
                                                                                                    • In Oman, it is illegal not to have some form of           driving during rains.
The Sultanate of Oman is the third largest country located in the southeast                         official ID on you at any given time. Therefore, it is      • Local Sharia laws reflect the fact that Oman is a Muslim country. You
coast of the Arabian peninsula. The Sultanate is bordered by the Kingdom of                         recommended that you carry either your passport,            should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religion at all times and
Saudi Arabia in the west, the United Arab Emirates in the northeast, the                            or a photocopy of, or some other valid identification       be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures
                                                                                                    card. Other forms of ID such as overseas driver’s           or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, or if you
Republic of Yemen in the southwest, the Strait of Hormuz in the north and the
                                                                                                    license or overseas ID cards will not be accepted.          intend to visit religious areas.
Arabian Sea in the east.
                                                                                                    • Visitors holding valid UK, Australian, and
Oman has a land area of approximately 3 09 500km2 and a 3 165km
long coastline extending from the Strait of Hormuz in the north, to the
                                                                                                    American and certain other nation’s driving
                                                                                                    licenses (check with the embassy if your country’s
                                                                                                                                                                Basic Arabic Phrases
borders of the Republic of Yemen in the south.                                                      license is valid) can currently obtain an Omani             Yes                     :   naäam
                                                                                                    license without taking a driving test.                      No                      :   laa
Oman’s coast spans the three seas : the Arabian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and
                                                                                                                                                                Please                  :   arjook
the Arabian Sea. A number of islands also are part of Oman including the                            • Vehicles are driven on the right side of the road.
                                                                                                                                                                Thank you               :   shukran
                                                                                                    • In Oman if you are involved in a car accident
famous islands of Masirah and Halaniyat (Kuria Muria). The country’s                                                                                            You’re welcome          :   äafwan
                                                                                                    and there is damage done to either party or                 Excuse me               :   lao samaht
northern most part, the Musandam peninsula is Oman’s only coast on the                              their vehicles or any public property like road             I am sorry              :   ana aasif
Arabian Gulf and it is located across the strategic Strait of Hormuz.                               signs, you must wait at the scene and contact the           Good morning            :   sabaah al khayr
                                                                                                    Royal Oman Police (9999) and wait for further               Good evening            :   masaa’ al khayr
Fact Sheet                                                                                          instructions. Leaving the scene can result in               Good night              :   tusbih äalaa khayr
Area                 :      309 500km2.                                                             heavy fines and possible imprisonment.
Population (2005) :         2 509 000 including 666 000 expatriates.
Language             :      Arabic (official), English (widely spoken),
                            German & French (most hotel staff ).
Capital              :      Muscat.
Local Time           :      GMT +4.
Currency             :      Omani Rial, which equates to US$ 2.58.
Shopping Hours       :      09:00 - 13:00 then 16:30 - 24:00
The local currency is the Omani Rial (referred to as RO or OR or OMR).
It is further divided into 1000 Baizas. Currency denominations are
available in 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 Rial and 500 and 100 Baiza notes.
Coins are available in 50, 25, 10 and 5 Baizas.
Islam is the official religion of the Sultanate of Oman.
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                                                                                Yousuf Al Zadjali                                                                                                                              Fahad Al Zadjali
40 oman air neWs

Air in her Sails
Oman Air Majan breaks records

Oman Air Majan on her way to victory.

The breaking of world records is, by its very nature, a rare occurrence.     the Extreme 40s sailing series, and a long-term
Breaking two records at the same time is rarer still, but that is exactly    programme which will offer thousands of
what Oman Air Majan, a state-of-the-art, carbon-fibre trimaran built in      Omani school children the chance to take to
Oman, has just achieved.                                                     the seas for the first time.
The result of a partnership between Oman Air and Oman Sail, the              Oman Air’s partnership with Oman Sail is built
government-backed organisation devoted to the promotion of sailing in the    on a shared commitment to both preserving
Sultanate, Oman Air Majan recently shattered the records for both single-    Oman’s ancient maritime heritage and inspiring
handed and fully-crewed voyages around Britain and Ireland.                  a new generation of young Omanis to take up
The record bids were made as part of Oman Air Majan’s preparations for       sailing as recreation and as a competitive sport.
the Route du Rhum transatlantic race, which starts at the end of October,    With its location to the south east of the Arabian
and will see her skipper, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, face mountainous        Peninsula, and with more than 3 000km of Gulf
autumn seas as he sails from the French port of St Malo to the Caribbean     of Arabia and Indian Ocean coastline, Oman’s
island of Guadeloupe.                                                        seafaring history goes back thousands of years
The Route du Rhum is the latest in a series of challenges to which Oman      and underpinned the nation’s historical role as
Sail has risen, including this summer’s highly successful participation in   one of the most powerful nations in Arabia.
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It is this history that provided the foundation                unique example of Omani craftsmanship was presented to Singapore’s
for the first element of Oman Air’s partnership                President SR Nathan as a symbol of the historic friendship between
with Oman Sail, as Jewel of Muscat, the                        the two nations. By uniting timeless tradition with cutting-edge
re-creation of a 9th-century Arab dhow, hand-                  innovation, Oman Air reflects much of what is unique about
built in Muscat to its original 1 200-year-old                 modern Oman.
specifications, first set sail.                                The airline’s partnership with Oman Sail is showing that the Sultanate’s
Her young Omani crew followed the ancient                      rich maritime history, as with so much else in this beautiful country,
trading route to Singapore, where this                         continues to provide the foundation for a world-beating future.

Making waves                                                                                                          From top: Skipper Sidney
Wings of Oman chats to Sidney Gavignet,                                                                           Gavignet celebrates on his way
                                                                                                                      home from shattering two

the French skipper of Oman Air Majan                                                                              records; Gavignet poses on the
                                                                                                                   port hull of Oman Air Majan.

Most sportsmen might choose to work up to a big
race by slowly increasing the pace of their training and
taking special care of their equipment. Not the case
with Mr Gavignet!
Instead, he decided to prepare for the rigorous
challenges of the Route du Rhum transatlantic race by
sailing solo around Britain and Ireland – facing wildly
changeable weather and treacherous currents.
Not only did Sidney complete his voyage in great
shape and with Oman Air Majan intact, but he also
set a brace of new round Britain and Ireland records,
knocking more than an hour off the outright record,
and a massive one day, 15 hours, 31 minutes and four
seconds off the single-handed record.
The previous records had stood for six years and four
years respectively, and the sailing world was clearly
pleased to see them broken, but how does Sidney feel
about his remarkable feat?
“I am incredibly happy. The record attempt was a
massive challenge and I have enjoyed every minute of
it,” he said, speaking at the finishing line at Lizard Point
in Cornwall, England.
“This record around the British Isles is the cherry
on the cake for all the team at Oman Air Majan and
Oman Sail. I’ve learnt so much from the boat. We
made some good sail choices and I felt really happy
with the setup onboard.”
Sidney is no newcomer to breaking records – he
also holds the record for sailing the Atlantic Ocean
in a single-hulled vessel, and his experience includes
circumnavigating the world four times. All of this
will stand him in good stead for the Route du Rhum.
“Historically,” he says, “the Route du Rhum has always
been dramatic and sometimes only a few boats finish.
My goal is to do the race as best I can.”

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