Muscat Daily Columnist
The writer is an architect who came to Oman 30 years ago
Witnessing the fall of oil prices and consequently the leaving of so many foreigners from Oman, I was thinking about the possible alternatives to boost the local economy.
Listening to the news around the world appears more and more like watching a TV serial. What is really happening cannot be real.
For a couple of months now tensions in the region are growing, and every day brings news of potential threats. We remember when the Bush administration was weaving threats of Saddam Hussein elaborating chemical weapons and when thousands and thousands of people got killed based on simple rumours.
In 2002, a man by the name of Richard Colin Reid tried to make an aircraft explode by putting explosives in his shoes. Did he realise that since that day, every single day, over hundred of million people in different airports of the world are asked to remove their shoes for security verification?
There is the northern and the southern hemisphere, there is the West and there is the East. There are poor and there are rich people; all this is comprehensible after all. But looking more carefully, we see two societies co-existing and diametrically opposed.