Joan Pickersgill first visited Oman in 1991 and lived there for 12 years. Her love of the natural beauty led to extensive travel in the more remote parts of the country. She has written two guide books and contributed to magazines on Oman. Joan visits regularily and continues to write about the country's heritage and culture. Hatim Al Taie founded Al Roya Publishing 15 years ago. He specialises in books and magazines that promote Oman. Hatim is an accomplished writer who is keen to explore his cultural roots.