Shell Oman is celebrating the 47th National Day with a special journey featuring a classic car that will visit remarkable landmark showcasing the story of growth, development and beauty of Oman.

The journey started on Sunday, 19th November 2017. Under this page, we will post daily blog entries summarizing our daily activities. Watch this space to know the latest news and updates about our #Journey2Remember

Day 1 Blog

Day 1 of our #Journey2Remember to celebrate the 47th National Day! Today, we kicked off our trip to highlight the story of growth of Oman and showcase its exquisite scenery. Traveling in style in a vintage red 1965 Corvette, decorated with the Omani flag colors, it would be very easy for you to spot us! If you do, take a picture and share it with #Journey2Remember

The flag off ceremony took place today under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Fahar Bin Fatik Al Said, who waved the flag marking the launch of this campaign. Our first destination was the Mina Al Fahal Shell Service Station, which we usually pass by on our way to work to fuel our cars before we go by the drive through of deli CAFÉ to pick up Karak. It was nice meeting Mr. Said Sabeel, Mr. Yousef Al Bulushi and Mr. Abdullah Al Wahaibi who have been working for Shell Oman for over 40 years. They shared magnificent stories from their time at Shell Oman and how they have simultaneously been witnessing the story of growth and progress of the Sultanate.

And then we headed to our next destination. It was only fitting, as a proud owner of the beautiful Stingray, to play – truthfully, blast – the song “Little Red Corvette” by Prince.

Muttrah Corniche is a sight that you can never get bored of. Driving by the Sultan Qaboos Port, surrounded by beautiful scenery, deep history and rich culture while watching the tourists and locals visiting the traditional Muttrah Souq. After that, we passed by Jalali and Mirani forts, the National Museum, as well as the Al Alam Palace.

Continuing our journey along the Wadi Adai - Amerat road, an impressive road cut through high mountains and valleys, we headed towards Qurayat. We decided to stop by the breathtaking Bimmah Sinkhole, located in Huwiyat Najm Park. An old legend claims that this sinkhole was formed when a meteor fell on the spot, creating a beautiful hole in the ground. It was hard leaving this destination, but we still had a long journey to look forward to.

We ended the day with a drive towards Qurayat, one of the agricultural hubs but we stayed over in Wadi Shab where we wished we could join the other tourists in enjoying a swim in the great wadi if it weren’t for time limitations. We are now going to rest for the night to start a new adventurous day tomorrow.

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Day 2 Blog

Although we would’ve loved to sleep in this morning, the excitement of getting on the road and discovering new scenery made us hit the road bright and early. We drove along the Sur-Qurayyat coastal highway aiming to get to Ras Al Had by the end of the day.

We passed by the Oman LNG plant along the way, and as Shell employees, we felt very proud that the company has contributed in the design and construction of a cutting-edge facility to provide a cleaner source of energy. We then stopped at the Sur LNG Shell Service Station for a short meet and greet. We met everyone from station managers, forecourt champions and people who have been following this journey on @shelljourneyoman and came by the station specifically to meet us.

We continued our journey and drove along the remarkable Khor Al Batah Bridge, which connects Al Ayjah and Sur. The site of the fishermen boats from this bridge showed that we have managed to make great advancements whilst maintaining our long history and rich culture. The lovely breeze added extra beauty to the place and really made us want to stay longer but we had to continue our journey to Ras Al Had. The drive from Sur Corniche to Ras al Had is one I will always remember. And after a successful day of capturing these inspiring landmarks, we headed to our stop for the night.

Remember! If you spot our car, take a picture and share it with #Journey2remember , and follow us on @shelljourneyoman , @Stingrayvette65 and @Shabek for the latest journey updates.

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Day 3 Blog

This morning we passed by the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve which is the nesting ground for the endangered Green Turtle. Heading towards Al-Ashkharah, we drove by the beach and spotted many fishing boats along the way, which made us realize the depth of the fishing culture in this region. When we arrived to Shannah, we went on the National Ferry from Shannah to Masirah Island, known as the largest island of Oman. The ferry was very impressive, and we all enjoyed the ride. As much as we love the Stingray, we were really happy with this change of transport.

This island was also surrounded by fishermen boats, as fishing is the main source of income for the locals there. This exotic island is also known for being a prime location for bird watching as you can spot migratory birds such as flocks of pink flamingos at certain times of the year at Bar Al Hikman. We were happy to know that Shell Oman has supported Wetland Intrenational surveys, conducted to conserve and restore the wetlands. These surveys have also helped to provide a critical habitat for the Great Knot, an endangered species.

After those long few days, it was great to finally unwind and relax at the Masirah Island Resort, which we will be staying in for the night to continue our journey in the morning.

Remember! if you happen to spot the Stingray, take a picture of the car share it with #Journey2remember , and follow us on @shelljourneyoman , @Stingrayvette65 and @Shabek to stay up to date with this journey!

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