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The narrative-led design of W Muscat

The narrative-led design of W Muscat

The next time you walk into a W property, take a closer look at the ceiling to understand their ‘no white walls’ mantra. There’s an element of jaw dropping design at every step, especially for those who are detail oriented.  Neons, purples, reds and oranges standout throughout the property, all perfectly complemented by the lighting. It’s no illusion; just design done right and pure grandeur.

Treasured traditions

Treasured traditions

Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. In the sultanate, Omanis celebrate Ramadan starting with the sighting of the crescent moon, shopping and buying Ramadan supplies, having community iftar in mosques, Taraweeh prayers, recitations of the Q’uran, visiting Habta markets and celebrating Eid al Fitr.

Zorros in the making

Zorros in the making

In a nondescript practise hall in Seeb Stadium, the dreams of a bunch of swashbuckling kids are taking shape. Kitted out in full gear - newly imported netted masks and metal vests and shiny, electric foils from the US - the enthusiastic children fall in line and practise their pose and attacks as they await instructions from their coach.

Ferrari 812 Superfast: A beast waiting to be unleashed

Ferrari 812 Superfast: A beast waiting to be unleashed

Ferrari has long since proved that it is in for the ‘seconds’ game. And for good reasons too: It takes only 2.9 seconds for its 812 Superfast to zoom from zero to 100kmph, a couple more seconds for the driver to adjust to the functions of the car and just an extra second longer to fall in love with it. 

Showcasing Oman

Showcasing Oman

Bait al Baranda on Muttrah seafront is a historical and archeological site, located just 300m from Port Sultan Qaboos and 150m from Al Sahli beach, overseen by Muscat Municipality.

High notes

High notes

As guests were settling into a three-course dinner at the 2019 Oman Woman of the Year Award ceremony held recently at Grand Hyatt Muscat, most ears perked up as the singer on stage pitched her first notes of Sam Smith’s I’m Not the Only One. The event was a celebration of women’s achievements and what the second year student of business management was accomplishing behind the microphone was no small achievement. The tuned ears among the diners stopped halfway through their meal as Tasnim al Khalasi hit the right notes in her soulful rendition of another Sam Smith song Stay with Me. 

In the lap of tranquility

In the lap of tranquility

Featuring prominently on the list of places of both historic significance and scenic beauty in Oman is the village of Al Bana in the wilayat of Ibri in the Governorate of Dhahirah.  Located about 50km to the east from the centre of the wilayat, it is surrounded by mountains. Visitors can reach the village via Wadi al Ain, which is about 35km away from the highway that connects Muscat and Ibri.

Graffiti for peace

Graffiti for peace

Calligraphist Saleh al Shukairi was among 20 distinguished artists from around the world last month to commemorate the Czech Republic's 30 Years of Freedom celebrations in Prague.  In the project - called 'Meet Art' - held under the auspices of the Czech Senate, and co-organised by the Czech Chamber of Commerce, the artists rendered creations inspired by the message of peace on Prague's iconic John Lennon Wall.