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Oman – Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort – Time-Lapse

February 9th, 2012

Continuing with my occasional posting of time-lapse videos, here is another quick and dirty time lapse; this time from the Shangri-la’s amazing Barr Al Jissah Resort. The resort actually comprises three different properties all set right on the Gulf of Oman. You should go. It’s pretty amazing. You will also note in this time lapse something funny happening at the top of some of the frames as the day wears on – I suspect this is a heat issue with the sensor, but would love to hear other peoples’ theories. Enjoy.


Man oh man it’s Oman for Gourmet Traveller Australia

January 16th, 2012

In the Fall of 2011 I had the good fortune of accompanying the wonderful journalist, and delightful person, Jennifer Byrne on a photo feature trip to Oman. I had, perhaps not surprisingly, never been to Oman and was excited by the prospect of visiting a country with such a long and interesting history.

Oman did not disappoint.

I knew about the desert of course, but was not prepared for how verdant the South of the country was – in particular Salalah and its surrounding areas. In the North near Muscat you could head out into the Arabian Sea and find yourself surrounded by hundreds of dolphins. Or get up early to visit the fish market where tuna, swordfish, and all manner of creatures were being pulled out of the ocean.

But the physical beauty of the country is complimented by the incredible warmth of the people themselves. In many ways the country is the anti-Dubai of the region in how it is charting its development course. Slow and steady seems to be the mantra. And that more measured, less frenetic, push forward seems to mean that the whole community is benefiting from the progress – not just a privileged few.

As for tourists – where were they? Certainly not anywhere that I could see. Occasionally you would run into a couple tourists here and there in the souks, but by and large the country is empty of tourists. So that means for the traveller who decides to go now they will have the country all to themselves. I suspect that this will change in the near future.

In any case, enjoy the  photos and make sure to book your next trip to Oman. In the meantime, you can take a look at how the story ran here: Oman Travel PDF – Gourmet Traveller Australia – Andrew Rowat