When Elena Moșuc was just a girl, she heard an album by Maria Amarghioalei – better known as Naarghita – who had fallen under the spell of Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor after seeing him in an epic film called Shri 420 released in 1955.
In the 30 years since she opened her first wellness centre – as opposed to a beauty salon – in India, the most significant change Vandana Luthra has witnessed is the number of men seeking professional help to look good. “When brides come for bridal make-up on their big day, the grooms come along. They want to be pampered too,” she says. Since the first centre she opened in New Delhi, India, in 1989, her wellness and preventive healthcare brand VLCC has expanded to over 400 centres in 186 cities across 14 countries.
Enaam Ahmed’s solo exhibition Faces of Memory at Gallery Sarah that opened on Wednesday is a showcase of Omani customs and traditions put together in a collection of artworks rendered in hues of nostalgia. With strokes of fluorescent colours – flashy pinks, shocking orange, striking blues, fiery reds - depicting what the artist describes as once everyday settings and situations in every Omani home, the subject and her art style make for a curious combination.
Through the kitchen glass at Tomato, InterContinental Muscat, you can see award winning Italian Chef Luigi Ferraro plating a colourful mélange of ingredients that reflect his Italian roots and his innovative streak. With the weather taking a pleasant turn and the music playing through the soothing ambience of the restaurant, when the dish finally turns up at the table, it seems like a culinary rendition of a love song.
Music enthusiasts and philatelists alike are in for a very special treat from Oman Post. The company launched four interactive stamps celebrating the deep roots and variety of Oman’s traditional music and performance arts.
The Al Fiqayn Castle in Manah, Governorate of Dakhliyah, with its tall watchtowers standing in the middle of the village of Al Fiqayn, is considered one of the most important historical monuments in the wilayat. It showcases unique defensive fortifications in traditional Omani architecture.
The Al Ansab Wetlands are known to most, if not all, Muscat residents including yours truly but rather unfortunately it took a review on Tripadvisor to sit up and take notice.
The unique experiences Oman’s mountains and wadis offer is a big draw for adventure tourism enthusiasts. The Ministry of Tourism is encouraging adventure tourism by granting licences to companies to operate in this sector. It is currently working on setting regulations in adventure tourism and structuring programmes for coordination of adventure tours, besides supervising activities across all governorates of the sultanate.