The Asian Beach Games is fast approaching - 92 days to go - 3 months. December 8 - 16th will mark the event in what is expected to be a well attended games.
But the questions continue to come.
The official website talks about the Al Musannah Sports City, which amongst other things, will house as Athletes' Village. Take a look at the pictures recently sent to me below.
You can click on them to open up in a larger screen for a clearer view.
The Athlete's Village is supposed to be between where the picture was taken, and the buildings in the distance (serviced apartments, and a 4* hotel). Except....... you got it - there's no athletes accommodation to be seen. 3 months to go, and the work for the athletes accommodation has not even started on site.
Sources tell me that all of the serviced apartments and hotel rooms have been booked out by dignitaries / sponsors of the event. So the people actually playing in the games won't be staying there then either.
So where are these players going to be staying? There's a few rumours flying around:
1/ They will be put up in the Blue City labour camp, 20 minutes down the road. Possibly, I guess. I doubt the teams would be too happy about that.
2/ They will be put up in various hotels in the area. This is a no-go I think - where are the tourists - the very people Oman is hoping to attract by running this event - going to stay? Plus there is politics to consider - what if you put one team in one hotel and another in another hotel of a different standard, or distance to the games... I don't think this option has any credence at all.
3/ Tent city (or portacabin city). I think this is the most probable option, but who knows?
Do you have any observations? Whatever they do, I imagine they're working hard on getting it done!
Don't forget to enter for the prize draw for 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to Dan Zak's concert next Thursday.
Each year I make a list of places that are open for lunch (mostly take out) and I've started the list again this year, if you know a...
Lately there has been a lot of confusion over the border crossings between the UAE and Oman. Currently I don't have full details on ...
Here we go again - welcome to Ramadan 2016 - my 10th one here in Oman. I'm expecting someone to ring me up and congratulate me on my...
Image taken from the Times of Oman A bit of late night excitement tonight as the Times of Oman published this story on its website. ...
This last weekend I attended the MRFC Oval ball at the Grand Hyatt and ended up in a friends room at the hotel for a bit of an after par...
Hot off the press, the holiday for next week, Monday 12th December us to be a holiday in respect of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday...
Well here we are once again in December and its starting to look an awful lot like Christmas in the shops. Each year I assemble a list o...
Well the holidays have been announced for the Islamic New Year next week, but there's a catch. The holiday will be one day off, but...
Well I was pleased and also amused to see this story on the Gulf News website this morning. You see, having lived in Oman for well ove...
Well it's finally happened, they've announced the holidays for us all to celebrate Eid al Adha. The moon sighting committee ann...