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the inflight magazine Of Oman air OctOber 2010 It’s Oman World Heritage wonders HealtH Get rid of oily skin BusIness Reach the top of your leader ladder London CaLLing Marhaba 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. 6 Sites to behold 22 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. 14 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. 18 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. Contents World View A selection of striking and quirky pics from around the planet. 30 28 Sports 34 From the Commonwealth Games to Beijing tennis, October is one busy sporting month. 32 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. Oman Air’s inflight magazine is issued by: For advertising enquiries contact the publisher: The publisher regrets that they cannot accept Corporate Communications & National Publishing And liability for errors or Media Department - Oman Air Advertising LLC omissions contained in this P.O. Box 58, Muscat International Airport, P.O. Box 3112, P.C. 112, Ruwi publication, however caused. Postal Code 111, Sultanate of Oman Muscat, Sultanate of Oman The opinions and views Tel: +968 24519616, Fax: +968 24510771 Tel: +968 24793098 contained in this publication E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +968 24708445 are not necessarily those of Website: www.omanair.com E-mail: email@example.com the publisher. 6 internationaL destination InternatIonal DestInatIon 7 London 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 Calling 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 www.theoriginaltour.com. 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 8 InternatIonal DestInatIon 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 www.viator.com 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 10 InternatIonal DestInatIon 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 www.parliament.co.uk. 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 www.sacred-destinations.com/england/london 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 www.ukguide.org/london. and musicians are buried in the building and it is Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament 12 InternatIonal DestInatIon InternatIonal DestInatIon 13 Country Facts radi 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 Recipe the Opera, Cats or Oliver. visa, depending on the reason for coming to the UK. Check your category on For a great website offering www.ukvisa.gov.uk. 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 www.londontheatre.co.uk 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 toad-in-the-hole. 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 www.timeout.com/london; • 1 or 2 carrots overlapping. www.londontown.com; • 1 piece of turnip Pour in about half a pint of water, or enough until the water rises to about one-third of www.london.com 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 14 it’s oman It’s oman 15 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 16 It’s oman It’s oman 17 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. 20 HealtH & Beauty HealtH & Beauty 21 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 The If you are in a management position, chances are a combination of hard leader 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 ladder 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. 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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: stevebloom.com/Barcroft 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: stevebloom.com/ 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: stevebloom.com/ 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/Photolibrary.com) 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 value/Photolibrary.com) the world travel to Hawaii each year hoping to catch one of these legendary big waves. (Photo: Vince Cavataio/Photolibrary.com) 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/Photolibrary.com) 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 Selangor, Beijing, China players on the ATP circuit will be competing Malaysia 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 tournament 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. 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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 Travel Get FamIlIar 39 Whenever you travel overseas, it is often useful to understand the local laws and customs in the Oman 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 tips 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 Currency 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. religion Islam is the official religion of the Sultanate of Oman. Image source: Image source: 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. 42 oman aIr neWs 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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