Unwanted Advice in Dhofar: It’s a ‘Love Thing’
DHOFARI GUCCI: On a recent visit to a supermarket I was confronted by someone I didn’t know who wanted to change my life. It’s an all too common occurrence
Immune to ‘Planning’: The Curious Dhofari Disease
DHOFARI GUCCI: If the Swiss are at one end of the planning spectrum then my fellow Dhofaris at the furthest extreme
Oman’s Eid Holiday Furore: It’s Time to ‘Get Real’
DHOFARI GUCCI: It used to be ‘holiday heaven’ in Oman. Not any more and it’s no bad thing really.
Omani Tabloid ‘In Hot Water’ Over Gay Article
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The furore over a piece describing the everyday life of a gay individual in Oman shows no signs of dying down.
A Bright Future: An Encounter With Dhofar’s Youth
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I was initially very nervous about presenting to young Omani high school students but what an inspiration they are.
A Rainy Ramadan in Salalah: Of Caffeine, Vimto and Tourists
Six days down and approximately 23 more to go if the moon cooperates! Once again Dhofar has been blessed with cool temperatures and a heavier-than-normal monsoon drizzle to help us get through the holy month of fasting. To be honest, I am not necessarily looking forward to a couple of years from now when Ramadan […]
Oman’s ‘Extraordinary Women’ Conference: No Ordinary Event
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The conference certainly had an intriguing title but what would it actually deliver?
Women’s Life in Bahrain: A World Away from Dhofar
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: My first ever trip to another GCC country has been a real eye-opener, particularly when it comes to the place of women in society
Salalah Musings: Of Weekends, Sharks and Pantomimes
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: I’m really busy with academic commitments but there are some things in Dhofar that need to be written about
‘Cousin Marriage’ in Dhofar: Dangers Are Ignored
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.
Mumbo Jumbo in Oman: Black Magic Still A Force
DHOFARI GUCCI: I know of a recent, rather unpleasant incident which occurred in Dhofar. It’s a reminder that even in the early 21st century black magic lives on in Oman
Salalah Dining: An Experience But For All the Wrong Reasons
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.
The Royal Opera House Incident: One Woman’s View
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: At first there was peaceful protest but that soon turned violent. What is the significance of the Royal Opera House incident?
Jebel Akdar: Exotic, Warm and Welcoming
SARAH WALTON: It’s a place of simple but genuine pleasures, truly a delightful destination in Oman
“We Should Celebrate Oman’s Cultural Diversity”
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.
‘Time to Celebrate’ Oman’s Educational Transformation
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The advances in Omani education over the past forty years are nothing short of miraculous.
Female Genital Mutilation: Still Major Issue in Oman
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