VISIT - Al Buraimi, Oman

    University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman

Travelling to Oman using visa on arrival

It was my first flight to Oman, when I was invited by Prof. Nabil El Kadhi, Ph.D, Vice Chancellor of University of Buraimi for attending the graduation ceremony. The problem came when Prof. Nabil El Kadhi, Ph.D called me and talked that my visa was blocked by the Oman immigration, because thare was not any famili name on my pasport. The solution was using visa on arrival when I arrived at the Muscat airport. The important thing was leaving Jakarta airport to Oman. When I shew an invitation from University of Buraimi to the imigration, they allowed me to pass. I flew directly on Oman Air for 8 hours to Muscat Airport.

Arrival at Al Buraimi

A driver of University of Buraimi picked me up at the Muscat Airport and drop at Al Khaleed Hotel in Buraimni city. It needed 3 hours riding a car on free highway. During the travelling to Buraimi,I had to pass an immigration office and stopped once at a coffee shop to drink coffee.
It was very cold at night in Oman, because the season was winter.

Leaving Jakarta Airport immigration by showing leter of invitation
  Buraimi in the morning

Graduation Ceremony

After having breakfast in Al Khaleed Hotels, I was picked and drop in University of Buraimi. Prof. Nabil El Kadhi plesed me to have meetimg with Dr.Minerva M. Bunagan and Dr.Abdullah Said Al Kalbani talking about collaboration between Kalbis Institute and University of Buraimi. We agreed that our collaboration would be strarted with a training on broadcasting for Middle East participants. The training would be held for 2 days in Buraimi and 3 days in Jakarta. The second activity would be an international conference organied by Kalbis Institute and University of Buraimi. The conference should be applied to IEEE in order to paper publishing by IEEE Xplore. Usually papers that are published by IEEE Eplore sre indexed by Scopus.

Graduation Ceremony of University of Buraimi was held in the evening on January 17, 2018. Most of the graduated students were female. It was lasted from 6:pm until 10:00 p.m. Some guests from France, Denmark, and Dubai attend the great ceremony. On the day after, we had meeting with Dean and Faculty member to get suggestion of our future project.

  Graduation Ceremony preparation in University of Buraimiy, January 17, 2018
  Graduation Ceremony in University of Buraimiy, January 17, 2018   With Prof. Nabil El Kadhi, Ph.D, President of University of Buraimiy, January 17, 2018
  Receiving UOB plague from Prof Nabil El Kadhi, the day after Graduation Ceremony, January 18, 2018

Tour to Suhar and Muscat

After having meeting we had a tour to Suhar, the old city in Oman. On the way to Suhar, I found the deser, rocky mountain, and palm trees. The old ciyt reminded us the environment many hundred years ago. It was an old palace in Muscat that was build during the century. A beautiful shopping mall in Suhar was built in combination Renaisance and modern that we could found in Suhar.


  Sunset on the way to Suhar, January 18, 2018   An old building Sunset in Suhar, January 18, 2018
  With friends from France, Denmark and UoB in Suhar, January 18, 2018   In a shopping mall with Portuguese architectural style in Suhar, January 18, 2018

Visiting Muscat, the capital of Oman, was an interesting trip. The metropolitan was known since the early 1st century CE as an important trading port between the west and the east, architectural style was integration bertween east and west, Persian and European. Muscat was ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as foreign powers such as the Persians, the Portuguese Empire, the Iberian Union and the Ottoman Empire at various points in its history. A regional military power in the 18th century, As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians and the Balochis. Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.

  Greatest mosque in Muscat, January 19, 2018
  Old palace in Muscat, January 19, 2018   Preparation of Christmas Children Party in Muscat, January 19, 2018
  New palace in Muscat, January 19, 2018   Prof. Dr. Nabil El Kadhi dropped me at Muscat Airport, January 19, 2018

After visiting some places in Muscat, we had lunch in a Frence restaurant. Then the guests from Denmark and France including Dr. Basyra, and David from Dubai went to Dubai and dropped by tourism bus. I was accompanied and dropped at the Muscat airport by Prof. Nabil El Kadhi.