SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I’m really busy with academic commitments but there are some things in Dhofar that need to be written about
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Its practice is still extremely common in the south of Oman. The obsession with keeping the tribe pure comes at a price though.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Wa-hoo, McDonald’s has opened in Salalah. You’re in trouble if the the fast food eatery sets the standard in your home town.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: At first there was peaceful protest but that soon turned violent. What is the significance of the Royal Opera House incident?
SUSAN ALSHAHRI: It’s little known that southern Oman has several indigent languages in addition to Arabic. With little support these are in danger of disappearing, however.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The advances in Omani education over the past forty years are nothing short of miraculous.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The last time I raised this issue publicly the reaction was overwhelming but ‘woman with the incense burner’ still prowls hospitals in Dhofar
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I’ve only worn a burqa once and that’s more than enough times. Its appearance in Dhofar is getting increasingly more rare.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: A cinema, a decent cup of coffee, people watching – all great. So why does my heart sink at the arrival of Salalah’s first mall.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: We sat on a beach and wondered ‘what if?’. I asked ‘why not?’ and from then things were never going to be the same again.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I’m amazed at the attitude of the Salalah’s adults to their children’s safety. Once they’re out of diapers the kids are expected to look after themselves
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Enforcement of rules is essential if the daily horror that occurs on Oman’s roads is to be minimised. Here are my suggestions.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: We’re all suffering from post-invasion stress in Dhofar following the unprecedented influx of tourists during Eid.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: As the Holy Month draws to a close I find myself contemplating the various aspects of a modern day Ramadan
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The first drops of rain tell me that the Dhofar Festival is not far away. If you’re up for the weird it’s a great destination
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: It’s a staple of every woman’s wardrobe in southern Oman and it comes with its own mythology
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Superstition is a major part of life in Dhofar and woe betide the person who underestimates their importance
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I removed myself some time ago from the Dhofari wedding scene. Here’s why.