Some time ago I posted a blog about Ibri in Oman in 1979 and a reader has asked me if I have any other photos of Oman from that period.
I have been through a few of my old photo albums and found these snaps taken by me on a vintage Kodak Instamatic camera. Sorry for the poor photo quality (blame the photographer) but they give an idea of what the place was like at that time.
I may have some more photos somewhere which I’ll share if I find them.
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Some really interesting old Oman photos on your site. I worked for BBME Beirut in 1975 and BBME Muscat (and Sohar for 6 months) in 1976 and then went up the coast to BBME Khor Fakkan in 1978 and then to HSBC Hong Kong in 1980 for 2 years. The photo of BBME Ibri is great – I remember driving up from BBME Nizwa when that branch was opened. Your comment about Ibri omelettes with thin slices of fiery green chillies and rolled up in Arabic bread brought back memories – best eaten with a cold bottle of 7 Up pop. Salaams. Chris Coade
Hi Chris, I expect you remember we used to catch the number 15 bus from Stubbs Road to Central. You liked to sit at the back above the engine in a thick tweed suit to work up a good sweat. You nicknamed one of our fellow passengers ‘the Whistler’. Hope you are well. David
the “Chong Hom Kok Flyer” was the legendary Stubbs Road bus to Central – the T-junction at the traffic lights at the bottom of the Peak always tested the bus brakes !!! What is you surname? (you might want to email me with that?)
I worked in Oman, between 1978-1994, with my wife having worked at bbme from ‘80-94. ‘78-79 was in Salalah, most memorable time. I wonder if you have photos of the Muscat souk that was demolished.
Hi Neville, we must have overlapped in Salalah since I was there from 76-78 before moving up to Muscat. I’m afraid I don’t have any photos of Muscat souk – in fact I don’t remember having seen a souk in Muscat. Perhaps it was demolished before my time? Of course there are plenty of photos of the more famous Muttrah souk.
Hi i worked at the tv station in Salalah in late 70,s anyone out there recall working for PYE TVT
I was one of the Pye UK engineers who installed the equipment in the original studios. An absolute sweatbox until the Dutch engineers finally got the air-con working! We had access to the RAF base sergeant’s mess for curry lunches and the Friday night film shows!
Very basic then in Salalah-I remember the attractive wife of a VERY senior RAF officer wanting to be escorted round the studios but she had another agenda ! I just thought of the SAS guys who operated out of the RAF BASE AND DECIDED TO BE A GOOD BOY!
ps I was based in Beirut prior to that stint with Ampex as a field engineer throughout the Middle East