Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Entertainer Discount book 15% off until tomorrow

Coupons to hotels, restaurants and more.....Most are in the format buy one get one free.

You can share coupons with others if not using them. If you eat out or stay in hotels regularly, the savings add up.

Sample restaurants

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Mawalih Petrol Station Caught Fire - Video

Video How Mawalih Petrol Station Caught Fire - Two nights ago this petrol station caught fire in Mawalih a neighborhood in Muscat; this is how it happened....


you can't make this stuff up.............thankfully, no one was hurt.

Monday, July 21, 2014

American Comedian Jon Stewart on the Gaza-Israeli conflict

From the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.....

As much as I appreciate his humour,  the situation is not a laughing matter..

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Etihad Airlines, 'The Residence' & 'First Apartments'

Etihad, the national airline of the U.A.E., meaning 'union' in English according to their CEO (but also has been translated as 'unity' or 'united')  introduced its new first class section, 'The Residence' and 'First Apartments' a few months ago.

In recap, the design phase took about five years. 'The Residence' is a one-of-a-kind three room suite. The cabins will be available for commercial flight at the end of December 2014 for routes to/from Abu Dhabi/London and early 2015 for routes to/from New York/Sydney. Booking is open from their website. First Apartments to London showed half sold out through reservations. There is no upgrading using loyalty points. They new suites are unique compared to other airlines.

It does look as one may even enjoy a long haul flight in one of the new cabins, and it seems it would be especially appealing for those who crave privacy.  Some people feel they could never justify spending such money on such a short term luxury, but others maintain it's worth it.

The Residence:   
125 sq ft, 3 rooms, private bath, 2 person capacity, private butler and chef
Cost: 21,000 USD / 77,000 UAE -  Abu Dhabi to Heathrow each way

First Apartments: 
39 sq ft, 1 room, full privacy, 24″ TV Screen. ottoman to bed, drink cabinet, vanity, chef
Cost: 4,000 USD /15,000 UAE -  Abu Dhabi to Heathrow each way

Affordability (assuming no one's springing for you):
Route: London/Abu Dhabi
Economy Ticket Price $500, Average Salary - 50,000 USD
First Apartment $4,000 (8 times higher than economy), Equivalent Salary - 400,000 USD
The Residence $21,000 (42 times higher), Equivalent Salary - 2,100,000 USD

The Residence Photos/Video.

Living Area

Bedroom - Double bed, there is also a TV

Private Bath

Wide Aisle

Tour of 'The Residence'. 
It may be best to turn the volumn down as Dannii tends to squeal at the sight of the cabin's features.


Overshot margins in order to make visible
1 X The Resident Suite, 9 X First Apartments

First Apartments

Shared Bathroom - has shower

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oman Law Blog, 'Expatriate Visa Restrictions'

Oman Law Blog, run by the Muscat office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP law firm has posted an an entry, ''Expatriate Visa Restrictions'. Their information is somewhat helpful, but still clarification is needed from Manpower in regard to some issues. However, the post does 'unravel'  that a company will lose its visa 'spot' if it issues a NOC to an employee before their contract is concluded as many have suggested would be the case. Maybe, Manpower should hire Curtis to write up some guidelines about the reapplication of the two-year visa ban in compliance with the appropriate 'Articles' for the benefit of the people who may be affected by the regulation.

For those who are contemplating coming to Oman for employment, Oman's labour office, recently (as of July 1), decided to reinforce a law which places a two-year employment ban on ex-pats which will make it more difficult to 'job hop'. The details are still being formulated.  You can find the blog entry here:

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