Afar girls displaying the braided hair styles popular among the women. Photograph: James Jeffrey

My three-wheel Bajaj taxi, powered by what sounded like a lawn mower engine, had somehow managed to bounce along the undulating dirt track through the(...)

 The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, perched on the edge of a gorge in Oman
Winter escape to Oman
  • Travel
  • February 15, 2015, 06:00

To anyone used to swimming in Brittas Bay, or even the Mediterranean, the sea at Muscat will come as a shock. It isn’t cold, it isn’t warm, it’s ho(...)