7 Years in Oman

Archives: 2004–2011

I explored Oman for 7 years, from 2004 till 2011. I was editor of Oman Today, the oldest adventure magazine in the country. It was started in 1980, the year I was born, and shut down when I left.

Muscat, the capital, was base camp, while I drove up to 1,000km a month, looking for stories that I would write and shoot. My work took me across Oman’s mountains, deserts, coast and inner city streets. I met its Bedouin, mountain tribes, expatriates, film stars, prostitutes and secret service.

Much of my work was rubbish, filtered through an unbearable combination of local press standards, government control, lack of competition and my own inexperience. I have scraped bits of it together, here.


Adam

June 10, 2008


Ala

September 2008, December 2008, December 2010, March 2011


Aqabat al Hamra

March 2007

Story: Lone Song of the Shawawi


Auf, wadi bani

Story: The Aufis of Wadi Bani Auf

Balad Sayt

August 15, 2007

Bir

July 17, 2007

Gafar

July 17, 2007

Ruma

July 17, 2007

Haat

August 15, 2007

Sharaf al Alamayn

August 15, 2007


Barka

Bullfighting: 2004. Donkey race: February 19, 2010



Birkat al Mawz

July 2007


Dhofar

2005–2007

First impressions from Sarfayt in the west to Hasik in the east. October 2005. Scanned from film, most of it ruined.

Hanna, wadi

October 4, 2007. Looking for the only Baobab trees outside Africa

Story: Mbuyu

Hashman, ramlat

September 2007

Story: Tribes of Dhofar’s Empty Quarter

June 12, 2007

Hasik

June 2007

September 2008

November 2007. Story: Safela (Abalone)

Jim Leary, etc

Kharfot, khawr

October 2007

Story: Mormons at Khawr Kharfot

Qara, Jebel

June 2007

Salalah

Shisr / Ubar

November 2007

When I drove into a herd of camels. October 2007.


Duqm

February 2008

January 2011


Fanja

March 19, 2009


Gas Gas

January 2005

Story: Gas Gas

Eleonora Monti’s photos of me


Geel, wadi

October 18, 2008

Story: Geel


Grand Canyon

November 2004. Story: Grand Canyon

January 31, 2011

Herbert’s photos of me. June 23, 2005

Khatim

August 19, 2007. Story: Carpets of Nakhr & al Khatim

Nakhr

August 19, 2007. Story: Carpets of Nakhr & al Khatim


Halfayn, wadi

August 19, 2007

Story: Survive Sahamat


Hareem, wadi

March 31 & April 9, 2007


Hibi, wadi

August 29, 2007


Hoota

January 17, 2007


Ibri

May 10, 2006


Ja’alan

February 17, 2006

November 10, 2006. Story: Desert Woodlands


Jebel Akhdar

2004–2010

September 8, 2006

January 2, 2007

The ancient juniper. May 9, 2007

Hiking path W18b

May 17, 2007. Story: W18b

Wadi Bani Habib

July 16, 2007

Soqra

June 6, 2007


Khaluf, Madrakah, Shuwaymiyah

January 2006. Story: Mid Coast


Lehlu & Wadi OK

Wadi Lehlu. November 16, 2008

Wadi OK. November 9 & 13, 2008. With Steve & Franci Fryberger


Mahoot

May 2005

Story: Frontier Coast. Images scanned from slides


Mahram & Andam

September 20, 2007. Story: Wild Goose


Majamma & Slooh

2007–2009

Majamma

Story: The Rahbis of Majamma

September 21, 2007

September 23, 2007

August 8, 2009

Slooh

August 3, 2008

Story: Women of Wadi Slooh


Manah & Mazara

December 10, 2009. August 4, 2006


Misfah

December 13, 2007. Story: Vakils of Misfah


Musandam

December 2005. Story: Fjords & Myths of Musandam


Muscat

2004–2011

Story: The Hidden Lives of Muscat

Areen

Bausher

Dabagh, Dakkah

Ghala

Haramel, Hinood, Jebel

Luluah

Mateira

Mithadmat

Seeb

Shama the movie star

Shamsa the driving instructor

Sheikh, Lughan

Sidab, Takeah, Wadi Kabir

Wariposht

Zadjal, Zafraniyah

The Balushi wedding


Nizwa

February 4, 2011


Qafifa

May 14, 2008. Story: The Mingis of Qafifa


Qalhat

May 2004. Story: In Search of Sindbad. Scanned from Fuji Velvia


Rustaq–Ibri

December 14, 2007


Sahtan, Wadi

Limqasil

2008–2010

Madrooj & Hob

April 14, 2008. Story: Dead Ends: Hob & Madruj

Yasab

January 21, 2008. Story: Gardens & Wolves


Shidyt

October 18, 2008. Story: Limes of Shidyt


Sifah to Quriyat

March 15, 2006. Story: Endless Coast


Umm as Samim

December 7–9, 2005. Story: Lost in Oman’s Mother of Poison


Wakan

February 11, 2011