Salalah, Oman :: Guest of honour gives speech during the official opening.

Salalah: an Omani oasis

Salalah, Oman :: Logos Hope visits her final port in the Arabian Peninsula, the city of Salalah in Oman.

After a rough voyage, Logos Hope’s crew were thrilled to arrive in Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman. Known for its banana plantations, seasonal waterfalls and lush, green landscapes, Salalah is a favourite holiday destination for Omanis and people from the surrounding Arab countries.

Captain Dirk Colenbrander (Netherlands) said, “The people in Muscat told us we would love Salalah, and they weren’t exaggerating. The climate is lovely at this time of year, but also the friendliness and the welcome we received as we arrived in port. I hope many of you will come back with your family and friends, and that you will experience the cultures and diversity on board. But also, so we can give you the same warm welcome that you gave to us.”

Managing Director, Edward David (Malaysia), said, “Three words come to my mind when I think of Salalah and the Sultanate of Oman as a whole; generosity, hospitality and the warmth that people have always expressed to Logos Hope’s community. We’re very pleased to be visiting your city again, and we trust the bookfair and the experience on board will be a blessing to the people of Salalah and the surrounding areas.”

The Governor of Dhofar, His Highness Sayyid Marwan bin Turki Al Said, gifted Logos Hope with silver sculptures depicting a frankincense tree and burner. Oman is renowned for growing frankincense, which is used by locals for its fragrance and wellness properties.

He said, “Logos Hope has over 300 volunteers who have left their loved ones and homes. I think the biggest challenge is living with more than 60 nationalities, but this means that there is a greater cause for people to come together and achieve their goal [of sharing knowledge, help and hope]. The Omani people are also trying to send a message; that we are all one, in the sense that we are all humans and trying to accept others. So, we want Logos Hope to be in Salalah, to have the opportunity to interact with [the crew], to see that this message is going throughout the world and to be a part of it.”

Salalah is Logos Hope’s final port in Oman and the Arabian Peninsula. Her crew will fondly remember the warm hospitality and lavish generosity of people in the region.