Oman and Dubai:
A Photo Diary

by Andy Carvin

Omani woman claps to musicians
In October 2003, I was invited to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to participate in the grand jury of the World Summit Awards, the official competition of the UN World Summit on the Information Society. Prior to the start of the meeting, I managed to escape to the southeast corner of Arabia for a three-day excursion to the Sultanate of Oman. These pictures document my trip to Oman and Dubai, along with the online diary I wrote during the course of my trip. (The diary, written as a Web log or "blog," is written in reverse order, with the last installment displayed first.) I hope you enjoy the photos and the diary!
Old Muscat from the hillside Muscat: The capital of Oman is a fascinating blend of old and new. Fisherman haul ashore a fresh catch Barka Fishmarket: A traditional fishmarket along Oman's Batinah Coast.

Nakhal fort Nakhal Fort: One of the most spectucular forts in Arabia. roof of Rustaq Fort Rustaq & Al Hazm Forts: Beautifully renovated forts in Northwest Oman.

two drummers Music and Dance at the Al Bustan Palace: Dining under the stars with a troupe of Omani musicians. Dubai waterfront Dubai: One of the most modern cities in Arabia.

Alexander Felsenberg at work The World Summit Awards: Leading multimedia experts gather at Dubai Internet City to select the world's best digital content. Crown Prince Mohammed Dinner with a Prince: The grand opening of Dubai Knowledge Village, hosted by Dubai Crown Prince Mohammed

About the photographer: Andy Carvin ( is Senior Associate at the Benton Foundation.

Picture at top: An Omani woman claps during a musical performance east of Muscat.

Copyright 2003-present by Andy Carvin. Photos may not be reprinted without permission. All rights reserved.