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Cycling for charity

Cycling for charity

The 12th edition of Road to Awareness will come to Oman on November 22 with 37 cyclists of 15 nationalities. The three-day challenge will see the amateur cyclists cover 447km climbing 6,000m to raise funds for Dar al Atta’a and 13 other children’s charities in the Middle East and Africa. The cycling event will contribute towards Road to Awareness’ (R2A) goal to raise US$1mn in 2019. Since its inception in 2008, over US$10mn have been raised through R2A.

Bursting through

 Bursting through

Abdulkareem al Maimani’s exhibition - Harvesting Seeds - is a creative pursuit for the artist as much as it is for the viewer. It demands 100 per cent engagement of the viewer’s mental faculties. A language barrier allows interpretation of his art based on the viewer’s sense and sensibilities rather than the artist’s, which adds several new dimensions and concepts.

‘Moneygirl’

‘Moneygirl’

When Hanaa al Hinai walks into a supermarket with her eldest daughter, people tend to be confused and look on curiously after hearing their conversation. She demands to know her budget before she starts shopping. Here’s a six year old who talks budget!

In praise of the big pixel: Gaming is having a retro moment

In praise of the big pixel: Gaming is having a retro moment

Clunky games consoles with blobby pixels might not be the latest thing -- but they're still cool even if you're no longer at school.

Of dreams and happiness

Of dreams and happiness

Hamdan Salim al Yahyai, a writer among many other things, quietly published his debut book in the UK last month. Titled Dreamaholics, the story spans many generations, cultures and continents through characters who dared dream. As the synopsis on the back of the book says, “by the time you have read it, you would have visited islands within you, and explored the treasures hidden in each island”.

Omani at Walk of the World

Omani at Walk of the World

Mawada al Ismaily, 23, stamped Oman’s mark in the world’s most historic walking event held in the Netherlands last month. Also called the Walk of the World, the International Four Day Marches Nijmegen or Vierdaagse (Dutch for ‘the four days’) is an annual walk that has taken place since 1909. Being based in a city called Nijmegen since 1916, the event was listed as the world’s biggest walking event in the Guinness Book of Records in 1975.

Eye for detail

Eye for detail

For most of us, ice cream sticks are thrown away and forgotten the moment the frozen feast is over. Not for Ahmed Khamis al Salehi. The 32 year old resident of Suwaiq has the gift of making exquisite pieces of art out of what we dispose without a second thought. His ice cream stick creations include models of cakes, classic cars, clocks, dhows, symbols of Omani culture such as mandoos boxes and ornate doors, and even wheel chairs.

Maserati Levante Trofeo: Torque Tank

Maserati Levante Trofeo: Torque Tank

The Levante Trofeo has a 3.8lt V8 beating heart of a Prancing Horse with all the 590hp it generates going to its Q4 four-wheel drive transmission. Twin scroll turbochargers cleverly produce low-end torque - 730Nm from 2,500rpm to 5,000rpm. Most of the time, this powers the rear wheels and only goes to the front wheels when there is loss of traction. Power, however, is available to the wheels in 50/50 torque split. The Levante Trofeo is also unique in having a mechanical limited slip differential for the rear axle.

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