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Beach by the Cliff


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This is a  tourist site in the Dhofar region of Oman.The Cliffs like this are abound in this cold region in what otherwise is a hot desert country in the GCC region.
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Wadi Tiwi Along the Arabian Sea Oman(cliffhangercorner©photo)
Wadi Daykah Dam
Wadi Daykah is Oman’s most Popular Dam and a Popular Site [Cliffhanger©photo]

At the base and at the Top


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Welcome.It’s good to be back.I’ll be showcasing my trip to Europe Last March 2016 in this next blog.I hope to see you follow me..Thank you very much.By Cliffhangercorner

 

A Christmas ReUnion…


This Christmas 2015 is something to cheer and feel excited about.  Being together. All at one time . All at one place. Good relationships in family life really matters because families are the essential building blocks of any society and happy families make a happy society. My family has reason to feel happy this Christmas  as we planned a family reunion at the  ultra-luxurious Bandar Al Jissa Shangri-La Hotel Resor and Spa, an hour

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The picturesque beachfront is a favorite among the numerous hotel guests. The wide expanse of the Gulf of Oman is a thing of immense beauty.

drive from downtown Muscat.My 2 kids flew all the way from Phils to be with me and my wifey in Muscat this Christmas. And the perfect place we chose to spend Christmas day was none other than this 5-star Hotel by the bay at the Gulf of Muscat.So far, the only hotel I have ever seen which can be reached majestically through winding and uphill/downhill roads over the Hajar mountain range ending up on a man-made tunnel near the entrance of the Hotel .

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The Al Waha Facade of the ShangriLa Barr Al Jissa. The entrance at the main lobby is a busy area specially at this time of the year

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Oman has been and will always be a nice place to visit- by billybrown

 

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The trip to the Hotel from the airport of Muscat International is unquestionably exhilarating as you gaze the spectacular sights along the way and the downhill and uphill rides ending on a man-made tunnel to reach the facade of the hotel…

 

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The poolside of Barr Al Jissa Shangrila Hotel Muscat
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One of the beautifully-sculpted road markers…
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A panoramic shot of the Beachfront and out to the Gulf of Oman…
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Exploring and enjoying the aqua-blue waters ahead of us…
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Bird’s eye-view of Barr Al Jissa Shangri-la Hotel Resort and Spa @Oman
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A gigantic Christmas Tree ( Into which Christians around the world display as a commemoration on the birth of Christ from the viewpoint of God’s Christmas Tree-The Cross) comes into view in the sprawling ground of the hotel at night-time.

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New 7th Wonder City


A colorful ceremony on Thursday night May 7,2015  formalized the status of Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Phils. as one of the world’s New7Wonders Cities.

The inauguration was held at the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral grounds, with a bronze plaque presented to the city’s officials by the New 7 Wonders Foundation.

Established in the 16th century, its architecture echoes the fusion of cultural elements from the Philippines, China and Europe, creating a city that is without equal in Asia.

ItalsodescribedVigan as “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. It is also a certified Heritage City in Asia.

New 7th Wonder City and a Heritage City in Asia.
New 7th Wonder City and a Heritage City in Asia.
Other than Vigan, the New7Wonders Cities are:
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • La Paz, Bolivia
New 7th Wonder City
St. Paul Cathedral Vigan

The Beauty of Jebel Shams During Cold Weather


Hi all fellow bloggers! It’s good to be back and I am excited to share with you my very recent jaunt with friends to a must-see beautiful high place in Oman , THE JEBEL SHAMS touted as the The Grand Canyon of the Arabias. And talking about Jebel in Oman  , there’s got to be plenty of them but only one stands out …This blog zeroes in on a top tourist attraction called Jebel Shams or Sun Mountain.

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The steel-fenched edges of the Jebel Shams’s summit.
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Summit ridge of Jebel Shams as seen from a distance. Just simply stand around at the edge, and be soaked in the fantastic views…Jebel Shams or the Sun Mountain is the highest mountain in Oman at a height of 3005 meters. At the summit is a military radar base and observatory, both of which are closed to the public.

 A mountain or a hill would refer to Jebel in arabic.The one other famous and spectacular Jebel lying in close proximity is Jebel Akhdar meaning the Green Mountain but is overshadowed by Jebel Shams in magnificence being the highest point in Oman and the whole of Eastern Arabia both of which lie in the strategic Al Hajar Mountain range in Northeast Oman. Jebel Shams has an Elevation of 9,934′ (3,028 m). For the hikers coming from downtown Muscat and other places down,the air offers a unique experience.It is a chilly mountain air that goes down to single digits on the thermo scale or at most to as low as  two below zero.

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Towering magnificently, the summit of all summits in the Arabias, Wadi Shams in its full splendor engulfed by beautiful clouds…
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At the foot of Jebel Shams..the view to the top of of the Grand Canyon is captivating.
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    The author in a memorble pose before the famed mountain with better half.
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    Looking down from  Jebel Shams’ summit edges into the space below us, with a spectacular drop of around 1.5 km showcases a gorge below us that had been carved out of Jebel Shams over time. A pathway can be seen below us, (used by former village dwellers long abandoned) which are of interest to visitors wanting to take a walk on it.

     TheStory of Jebel Shams

    As the author have gathered, the Jebel Shams has a long history dating back 250,000,000 years ago. The Jebel came into existence with the formation of a sea called tethys which was formed when Oman and Iraq separated.Tethys sea is  a former tropical body of salt water that separated the supercontinent of Laurasia in the north from Gondwana in the south during much of the Mesozoic era (251 to 65.5 million years ago).. In Oman sediments were deposited in relatively shallow waters, which later formed the very hard grey limestone found on the jebel.The sea was warm and rich in life, and many fossils can be found throughout the region. As tethys was crated, submarine volcanoes were formed and the magma from these has turned some of the limestone to marble. When the tethys sea began to disappear about 90,000,000 years ago, the ocean floor was pushed over the land, forming the mountain. After the formation of the mountain, water erosion has shaped the “Grand Canyon” with a vertical drop of 2,100 meters from the summit to the base.

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    Al Nakhur Summit.The Grand Canyon is a must-see for any local or international tourist.
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    Wadi Nakhur is home to about a dozen small villages.

    Today the jebel is home to at least a dozen small villages, where the main occupations are animal husbandry, farming, and rug weaving.

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    Jebel Shams also has some of the oldest Juniper trees in the world.

    Jebel Shams also has some of the oldest Juniper trees or al’alaan in the world, some specimens are hundreds of years old and with trunks 2 – 3 meters wide. Another common tree on the mountain is the thorn of Christ tree or sidr, the fruit “nubuq” are eaten by the locals, and taste similar to apples.

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    This scenic area, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Arabia, once supported dozens of remote mountain settlements.

    This scenic area, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Arabia, once supported dozens of remote mountain settlements. In the early 2000s however, the Oman Government moved all the inhabitants to less remote sites with easier access to modern services, leaving the villages to ghosts and foreign trampers.

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    The rim of Al Nakhur summit – strange-looking black thing is sitting atop a boulder.

    The rim of Al Nakhur summit – strange-looking black thing  is sitting atop a boulder. Very surreal-looking. It raises the question whether it is a head of something ,like the head of an animal, a sheep perhaps. We can see eyes, and some facial features. And that’s the beauty of Arabia’s Grand Canyon.

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    A narrow and imposing opening to the grand canyon is a rather suitable beginning to what becomes a rough graded track

    The drive into the heart of the beast! A narrow and imposing opening to the grand canyon is a rather suitable beginning to what becomes a rough graded track. After passing thru the village of Al Hajir, the walls of the canyon close in and soar above you…

     

     

     

    The way to the top!

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