Few British Explorers in Arabia have produced books whose importance as travelogues is transcended by their literary quality. One such is The Holy Cities of Arabia, published to critical acclaim in 1928, with its author hailed as a worthy successor to Burckhardt, Burton and Doughty.
This delightful story, carefully researched from oral and written sources – some dating from more than 150 years ago – offers an insight into the way of life that sustained the Arabian Gulf right up until the discovery of oil.
The winning charm of Patricia Al Fakhri’s watercolours combine with Julia Johnson’s narrative to make The Pearl Diver a perennial favourite with children aged 8 to 12.
The Principles of Arab Navigation is an entertaining and informative look at how the Arab, Persian and Indian communities have navigated their way across the seas in search of adventure and better trade routes. Compiled by six of the best scholars specialising in maritime and Arab culture, this book is a must-have for nautical enthusiasts.
This is the exciting story of a forgotten war, fought out on the fringe of the great First World War campaigns. At its centre stands Sayyid Ahmad al-Sharif, the Grand Sanusi, a charismatic Arab leader caught between the rival war aims of the Turco-German alliance and the British Empire.
Shabab Oman is the only tall ship to win the coveted Cutty Sark Trophy six times. Over a period of 20 years, Chris Biggins, the English captain of the Shabab Oman, and her Omani crew took the Sultanate’s famous tall ship around the world, spreading the spirit of international goodwill as unofficial ambassadors of Oman.