Archive | September 2012

Diving in Oman: Hidden Paradise

One of the best kept secrets or treasures of Oman are under the crisp, clear waters of the the Oman Sea. It is here where the noise gives way to silence and serenity. It is here where you realise that there is another world underwater. It is here where the all – embracing blanket of blue transforms into a complex rapture, of colours and corals.

Oman is one of the most popular diving destinations in the region. It has an exceptionally diverse marine life and a number of marine cliffs, small islands, bays and caves, as well as unique coral reefs. The best months for diving in Oman are between April to July, but diving can be enjoyed at all times. Oman with some of the most biologically productive seas in the world enjoys a tropical climate with water temperatures between 20 degrees C in winter and 35 degrees C in summer and has an amazing variety of aquatic life.

The warm waters of the Oman Sea form a perfect setting for a thriving marine life. Manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, seahorses, turtles, eels and schools of tropical fish can be found swimming through the coral gardens. Whether, you are a professional diver or a snorkeler, the assortment of marine life and corals will have everyone satisfied and wanting more!

The most prominent diving areas around the capital are: Al Khayran, Al Fahil Island, Dimaniyat Islands, Al Makbara Bay (Old Muscat), in addition to Al Jissah Beach. Each of the above mentioned locations contains not less than 11 different diving sites, each with a diverse environment.

We suggest that you have an underwater camera with you to click some pictures so you can share your experiences with your friends and family back home and make them wish that they were with you too!

Ahmad Al Harthy – The fastest Omani on 4 wheels

 

Motorsport racing is making its mark and people in Oman and the region have started to take notice of the ever popular sport. Credit also goes to Formula1 which is now hosted in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. There are various class of racing take place in the Middle East and the number of Gulf drivers are increasing by the day.

Leading the way is our very own Ahmed Al Harthy, one of the very few racing drivers of international standing to emerge from Oman and the Gulf region. Al Harthy is currently leading the standings one of the United Kingdom’s pinnacle motor racing event, the Porsche Carerra Cup GB Championship in the Pro-AM 1 Class, and has had a podium finish 13 times out of 14.  He hasalso participated in the iconic Le Mans racing circuit in France.

In just six short years, Ahmad Al Harthy has firmly established himself as one of the Middle East’s most talented sportsmen and certainly Oman’s shining light in global motor racing. His talent was spotted in 2006 thunder Arabia Middle East when he became the Vice-Champion in his debut season of car racing action also becoming the first Omani driver to compete in single-seaters.

Following three very successful seasons in the ranks of Formula Renault single-seater racing in the UK, Ahmad switched disciplines to the world of sports car competition in the prestigious and extremely high profile Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship.

In his first year, 2010, he achieved five Pro-Am 1 podium finishes and ended the campaign a highly creditable fourth in the standings. In addition to his UK outings, Ahmad has competed in Porsche Carrera Cup France and earlier this year he debuted in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He also plans to contest more races in Europe and the Middle East over the next couple of seasons.

In line with its strategy to harness national talent, Oman Air has committed to support Oman’s international motor racing sensation Ahmad Al Harthy for the 2012 season. He is doing full justice to our confidence in him as he is looking set to win the Pro Am-1 in the Oman Air racing car!

Apart from racing Ahmed Al Harthy is actively involved in developing the sport in Oman and has inspired a whole new breed of upcoming motor sport enthusiasts.

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