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.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The ‘To Do’ list as far as women’s rights in Oman is concerned is, unfortunately, long.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: While it’s been a mixed year for women globally there are many advantages to being a woman in Oman
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: It’s a year since protests erupted in Salalah. We’ve been through a lot and learned a lot since then.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: It’s always great to get away from the small town atmosphere of Dhofar for a few days and enjoy the anonymity of the big city.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: “It’s part of our culture” is the lazy excuse. Enough. Are we proud of the fact that we don’t value our own and others time?
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: Polygamy is still relatively common in Dhofar but I don’t know any woman enduring this situation who’s happy with their lot.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I’m a proud Omani but the way in which my fellow country people treat domestic servants fills me with shame. We must change.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: You’re a frequent flyer, you’ve booked your seat in advance but you know the boarding pass guarantees you nothing but annoyance.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: They start us young on the ‘Omani Red Ribbon Events’, and they litter our lives.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I am so proud of the progress of Oman. The opera house will take tourism to a new level, thus boosting our economy and providing more jobs to Omanis.
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The little known Mirbat is home to some of the most beautiful unspoiled white-sand beaches in Oman, while its bays are home to an incredible variety of marine life…