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Oman (Bradt Travel Guide) Paperback – February 1, 2017
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From the Author
Oman Travel Guide 4th Edition by Bradt Guide to is an almost completely rewritten guide to Oman. During late spring, through the summer and into fall 2016 each chapter received attention with all the regional chapters eventually being completely revised. Hotels and restaurants that have been included range from 5* to 0*; this was decided upon not only to fit the budget of any reader but simply because in many areas a 0* was all that would be available.
Each of the numerous maps are new, this means that they include as much as possible of Oman's rapidly expanding infrastructure as well as taking into account the extensive text revisions to the entire book.
Though, as the author, I was very familiar with the country having spent so many years living there, this proved to be almost an obstacle. Simply put, unwritten assumptions by me regarding background needed to be put into black and white so that a new visitor would be able to understand more.
However perhaps the most challenging area was in the English spelling of place names. There may be many variations used in English for a single place name and I decided the current naming authority's English spelling should be used even where a different one was more used by locals, and other guide books. Using this approved spelling version will mean that all new visitors can easily refer between the guide book and government produced maps.
About the Author
Tony Walsh has written extensively about Oman for local and international media as well as for Oman government publications since 1999. His chosen topics in magazines and newspapers reflect his interests and have included camel racing on the edge of the desert, diving for abalone in Dhofar and, more recently, Oman's World Heritage Sites. Tony lived in Arabia from 1986 - 2016, for most of that time in Muscat. Though initially managing retail businesses in Oman and Saudi Arabia, he has also worked in tourism since 1993, exploring Oman from the Straits of Hormuz to the Yemen border and beyond. His Arabic can justifiably be called 'street Arabic' as, although he learnt to read and write in a class, it was the man on the street who taught him the language.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR
Diana Darke has known Oman for over 30 years when she first worked there for the Omani government in 1980. She still has many Omani colleagues and friends in the country. With a BA in Arabic (Oxford) and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture (SOAS, London) her in-depth cultural background knowledge is second to none, and is rarely found in guidebooks. She is the author of sixteen guidebooks on Turkey and the Middle East.
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