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|PS049 No parking along the walkway for cars but not for boats.|
My friend and I went for a morning ride on our bikes and i spotted this really big boat parked in front of a small-size modern Omani house. This place is like 2 kms away from the beach so i wondered how it got here. The house is definitely new but the boat looks old and not a single paint on it. What could be the reason for the owner of the house to put an old boat in front of his house? c",)
26 December 2011
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23 December 2011
|PS045 A fishing boat called "Dhow" docked at Sohar Corniche|
I am sharing this photo to skywatch friday. To see others pictures of the sky all over the world, please click on the link SKYWATCH FRIDAY.
22 December 2011
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15 December 2011
PS037 Southern side of Sohar Corniche road.
Sohar corniche is a long stretch walkway that spans approximately 2km from end to end and parallel to a road on one side and the beach on the other side. It is laid with several double seater benches and lighted with 121 lamp posts making it a very nice place to visit especially in the evening. People come here to do exercise activities such as strolling, brisk walking and jogging. Others come to simply enjoy the view of the beach or to enjoy the company of their friends while waiting for time to pass by. There is a coffee shop and an ice cream store at the southern side and a park laid with benches, gazebos, and a kid's playground at the northern side. Right across this park is the Dhow Marina restaurant and the sohar fish market.
14 December 2011
13 December 2011
|PS035 On-going restoration of the well-visited Sohar Fort.|
Sohar Fort is located just a stone's throw away from the southern end of Sohar Corniche. It served as a defensive bastion and as lookout point in earlier days. During the Al Busaid Dynasty, it was used as an administration centre and also as seat of judicial authority. In 1993, Sohar Fort was converted as Sohar Fort Museum. Its operation, however, was suspended in 2007 as renovation started to take place. As of now, there is no news yet as to when it will resume operation.
12 December 2011
|PS034 A mosque-inspired gazebo in Al Sallan Park.|
Weekend reflections is hosted by James. The picture above is a reflection that i captured while doing a photowalk with a friend in Al Sallan Park, one of the two big parks in the City of Sohar. To view more Weekend Reflections participants click HERE!
11 December 2011
|PS033 Newly restored mosque beside the Sohar Fort.|
I was amazed by the way the mosque emerges from the forest-like foreground and background. I took this picture on a thursday morning photowalk by myself. The sun has risen already as reflected on the surface of the tower. The sky was clear except for some clouds at the far eastern side close to the horizon. The temperature then was already low reminding me that winter has already settled in Oman.
10 December 2011
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08 December 2011
|PS030 The New Sohar Fish Market.|
A modern facility that started operations in 2008. It has a high open-ceiling allowing air to circulate inside providing comfort to the buying public. There are approximately 80 stalls but only half of it are usually occupied. A fish cleaning/cutting section is located at the longer side facing the sea. Parallel to this section is a waiting area that is provided with several plasma tvs for entertainment while waiting. The upper part of the wall inside is decorated with giant pictures of different kinds of fishes and fishing activities in Oman. Busiest days are on thursdays and fridays.
07 December 2011
PS029 Fresh from the morning catch of an Omani
Sohar is situated in the coastal area of Al Batinah region. It has a newly constructed, modern and one of the biggest Fish Market in the region. Most of the fishermen sell their catch here on a wholesale basis to fish vendors. They seldom sell their catch directly to the people and if they do, you have to go through a lot of talking to convince them. I did not try doing that because in the first place i am not fluent in arabic and they also know little english or none at all. So i just press on the shutter of my camera... and catch my own version of the fish. ;-)
06 December 2011
|PS028 The Dhow Marina Restaurant in Sohar Corniche|
This is the newest (seafood) restaurant that opened in Sohar. Me and my friends came here one late evening and had the opportunity to try their hot beverages particularly the turkish coffee. We stayed at the roof deck because of the cozy ambience and the superb view of the brightly illuminated Sohar Corniche road. The service crew served our coffee at just the right temperature to balance the cool winter breeze blowing on our faces. They were also polite, friendly and kind enough to give us an extra serving of the coffee free of charge. We were delighted with this gesture and for that we will come back one weekend and try their buffet servings...
The Dhow Marina Restaurant serves:
a) Food Buffet: Mon & Thu from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
b) Grand Buffet: Thu & Fri from 12:15pm to 4:00pm
c) Ala Carte: Daily from 12:15pm to 11:00pm
05 December 2011
|PS027 A bird known as Sooty Gull going for the kill, photographed |
at Sohar Corniche.
Winter season has come to Oman as marked by the appearance of migrating birds such as the sooty gull. I happen to take a photo of this one when we were on the floating dock just outside the Sohar Fish Market watching local kids catching fish using tiny nylon rope and hooks. The area is swarmed with small fish giving opportunity for the sooty gull to swiftly and smoothly, and with precision to catch its meal for breakfast.
04 December 2011
PS026 Brahmin bulls pushing one another at the bullfighting ring/
arena near Al Hambar street.
My first time to see and experience what bullfighting in Oman is all about. My idea of a bull fight comes from pictures/movie clips I have seen from Spain. What i had observed here is totally different, it's bloodless and the bulls have minimal or no injuries at all. Bull fights in Oman is just like "sumo wrestling" where one opponent pushes the other opponent out of the ring. The bulls try to push one another very hard out of the ring using their heads and within a short period of time. The first one who achieves that wins. Sometimes one bull just gives up or runs away, making the other one the winner. Once the winner is determined, several men comes near the two bulls and restrain them using ropes to prevent the bulls from hurting each other further. And... the winning bull makes its market value higher.
It was fun, and i did get more entertainment just watching the audience, hearing their reactions when the action becomes really really serious...and then later on ends with applause.
Bullfighting activity is held every other Friday. The fight starts at 1600 hrs and entrance to the arena is free. If you want to experience the thrill, you can get closer to the perimeter of the ring but you need to bring your own chair and you should be alert all the time.