Nick Smith is the former CEO of The Wave, Muscat. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It would be good if you could lose 20kg, Mr Nick,” said the kind doctor. “You are carrying too much around your tummy.” Of course I agreed with him - futile to argue, with the evidence on show - but I did point out that it had all been caused by my eating exploits as judge for the Oman2Day Restaurant Awards.
The hot topic of conversation over the last few days has been the announcement regarding the introduction of the uniform weekend from the beginning of May - I like to look at this as the synchronising of the working week. It has been several years now since the majority of the banking sector moved to a Sunday to Thursday operation, and I remember at that time it was thought that all business would follow suit soon thereafter. Thankfully, it has finally happened.
My column last week on my recent experiences with airline travel provoked some feedback, some of which was published as ‘Letters to the Editor’ in Muscat Daily. Some of these observations were critical of my comments regarding Oman Air, and questioned why, as an expat, I had made them. Others supported my views and the right I have to write what I think. I am always grateful for any feedback: it helps me to appreciate the issues better and also to gauge the mood of the people who live in the sultanate.
As this column goes to print, I will be enjoying, hopefully, some Emirates hospitality on my return trip to Muscat, arriving just a couple of hours before your copy of Muscat Daily gets delivered to your front door-step. I chose Emirates this time as the fare to London was 50 per cent less than Oman Air, quite a difference, and Gatwick is marginally more convenient than Heathrow for travel to my UK house.
I am currently enjoying a vacation in Florida with Management’s brother, celebrating his 50th birthday. The intention is for us to play some golf and to enjoy some American hospitality (and perhaps a little shopping) for a week or so.