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JUNE 2006                                                                                          NEWSLETTER 22

                       Although the weather is teasing us with dark clouds and thick mist, the rains are
                       probably only going to arrive towards the middle of the month.
   Beginning today,
   treat everyone      Expat Chat is distributed freely and it offers you an opportunity to reach more people
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   they were going
                       or visit www.salalahexpats.com.
   to be dead by
   midnight. Extend
   to them all the
   care, kindness      Shopping and Businesses
                       The list of shops which are having sales is increasing! I have seen the following stores
   you can muster,     with 'Sale' signs; Al Khamis Shoes, Lakhoos, Snowhite, Eastern Stores, Lulu and
   and do with no      Salman Stores. Most of the sales will continue until the middle of the month when the
   thought of any
                       racks need to make way for warmer clothes.
   reward. Your life
   will never be the
   same again.

   -Og Mandino         A new toy shop has opened on A'Salam Street opposite the old power station. Dhofar
                       Baby is filled with baby necessities like cots, bags and teethers as well as toys for a
                       range of ages and interests. They also stock bicycles, scooters and cars for children. My
                       Childhood is another baby accessories shop which has recently opened between
                       Haridas Nensey and the old Al Haq. This Shop stocks cots, baby clothes, bottles, toys
                       and other baby requirements.

                                                       The Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah will be showing the
                                                       Football World Cup games indoors at the Al Khareef
                                                       Pub and outdoors at the Dolphin Beach Restaurant
                                                       from June 9th to July 9th. There will be specials on drinks
                                                       and meals so make sure you arrive early to watch your
                                                       team on the big screen.

                       Muscat Insurance Company is pleased to continue the special offer on individual
                       motor insurance policies. Very attractive motor premium rates for individuals holding no
                       claim certificates, schemes and also affinity groups are available. Special discounts are
                       applicable to teachers, doctors, engineers, managers, accountants, bank employees,
                       Port of Salalah staff, Shell Oman staff, Nawras staff, parents of Indian School students
                       and members of Indian Social Club.
                       For further details please contact Mr. K. U. K. Nair, branch superintendent, MIC
                       Salalah branch on 99499275 or 800 797979(toll free).
                       For more information on MIC new location and their new product, Office Safe
                       Insurance, check out the Billboard on www.salalahexpats.com.
Local Chat
Get fit this summer at the Crowne Plaza and take advantage of their Summer
Promotion. Health Club, swimming pool and beach facilities are available to you from
now until October 20, 2006 at excellent rates. A 10% introductory discount on services
provided by their newly opened hair dressing salon as well as special Golf Club offers
will be presented to you. For more information, please visit the Billboard on
www.salalahexpats.com. Good news for ladies; the Health Club will be open on
Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 12 midday for ladies only.

I have heard for some time about a massive tourist orientated project that has been
scheduled for Oman and I read the other day that there are about 5 hotels being built
along the Dhofar coast. Muriya, a $600 million tourism project set up by Oman
Tourism Development Company and Egypt's Orascom will develop unique resorts at
Wadi Al Qurum, Salalah, Sifah and Al Soda Island. The long-term goal for Salalah is
developing five Hotels (4 – 6 stars) and included in the surrounding area will be a
marina and marina towns boasting luxurious apartments. An 18-hole golf course, water
sports and horse and camel riding tracks will also be developed in this area. This is very
exciting news and I hope that we will see this venture take off in the near future.

You may have already noticed that the hotels are not as busy as they used to be now
that the Swedish Charter has stopped for the Khareef. This charter will resume in
October so until then we will look forward to seeing tourists from fellow Gulf states who
will visit us during the monsoon season. The roads will be noticeably busier and, as in
past years, we will have hundreds of visitors around the two scheduled exhibitions.
Many people may not be used to driving in these rainy conditions so please make it
your objective to be extra careful on the wet roads.

The Salalah Khareef festival opening ceremony will be on July 15th so we will have more
information on it in the August edition of Expat Chat.
Website Updates
Visit the General Forum for an informative article about the current stock markets which
are falling due to fears of US interest rates increasing. Many of your questions may be
answered in this piece so please have a read.

Jiji Santosh has submitted a lovely article about fathers. This piece of writing certainly
made me 'stop and smell the roses'.

Thank you to all the companies and individuals who support the goal of
www.salalahexpats.com and make this website possible.

If there is anything that you would like mentioned in next month's newsletter, please
send it to me by Sunday, June 25, 2006.

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