Y-Magazine captured some of my all time pet peeves about driving in Oman on this video they published yesterday:
Tailgating, overspeeding and no use of indicators!
Dangerous driving is being talked about a lot on Oman Social Media this week as there was a horrendous accident in which 4 kids were killed and others injured involving a private minivan that was apparently overcrowded bringing kids to Pakistan School Muscat. Driving in Oman is one of the major downfalls of living here in Oman. Oman can be at the top of the list for many factors (“best roads”, happiest citizens, financial opportunities….bla,bla,bla) but if it cannot provide basic safety on its roads all those other successes seem absolutely meaningless. What is the point of having a good job in a beautiful city if one cannot have some peace of mind that their child has a strong chance of coming come home safely each day?! Facts of Life 101.
My problems with Omantel go back years here in the Sultanate. First, it took weeks and weeks to get the internet set up in our apartment. Then there was a problem because they managed to set up TWO ACCOUNTS in my name. After more than 5 visits to their main office on the Nizwa Road and countless phonecalls, it SEEMED to be fixed. Guess again! The internet at our house has been shut down once again. I STILL get 2 bills every month in the mail: one that is correct and up to date and another that continues to add another 20 rials to this mysterious 2nd account that refuses to die and is now at something like 280 OR (or around $700 US). Every time I visit their office, they tell me not to worry; that the account has been closed and just to ignore such bills. Once again, I will have to take hours out of my busy schedule to visit the billing department on the 4th floor and have someone look me in the eye and say, “Yes, your problem has been solved. No problem. You can be sure it’s solved!” ”Annoying” falls so short in trying to describe the frustration of dealing with this issue!
update 3 days later: I’m back on line! Big thanks to Mohammed Al Juma for sorting out the problems with the line, Khalid (the technician) for sorting out the configuration problems once Mohammed took care of the line and also a big thanks to Adil Al Areimi (in the billing department at Omantel HQ) for constantly keeping me updated on the cell-phone. There is hope for Omantel yet! :-) I was seriously impressed with these 3 men and their efforts to help.
Sad that there are countless stories like this, not only in Oman, but all across the Middle East. Kudos to Y-Oman for telling it like it is. The fact that even one vulnerable girl would be used and abused like this and the sponsor would get away with it should make someone’s blood boil!
This is the page I get when I try accessing the popular Oman Forum at www.omanforum.com . It’s been like this since the middle of last week. Anyone know why this hugely popular forum with so much helpful info on Oman has been suspended?
It wasn’t long ago that the other popular forum, English Sablah, was hacked by “Anonymous from Iraq”. If you go there, you’ll see this image with loud Arabic music in the background: What’s happening to the forums in Oman? What are good sites to get up to date info?
Imagine being in a toilet, doing your business and suddenly noticing a small hidden camera filming your every move?! That is what happened to a lady at Khoula Hospital as reported in ToO (Times of Oman). We can only wonder how long it has been there and how many people it recorded. Read the shocking article for yourself at: http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-7423.aspx I wonder if the police have discovered who the pervert is (or perverts are) that set up this spy camera. I wonder how many other places have similar cameras that simply haven’t been found yet. Take caution, folks! The last thing you want is to be found on some perverted voyeur website for the entertainment of pervs! I wonder if we’ll ever find out more about this incident. (Here’s one helfpul comment someone added to the article, ”when inside the room, try calling from your cellphone. if you cannot get a signal or dont have a network connection, then that room could be a camera installed. The cellphone signal is blocked by this installed gadget inside the room.”)