Was reading through some of the comments on Muscat Confidential (the best blog in Oman by a long shot), when I came across, as usual, an anonymous comment which stated "it is not easy to find bright Omanis......to put it mildly."
The above comment is, to put it equally mildly, bollocks!
There are thousands and thousands of highly capable and extremely bright Omanis in this country and further afield. They are even within the lines of the blogs that we read each day.
Muscati? Abdullah? Amjad? - anybody want to go and have a face to face debate with any of those chaps?
My colleagues in the sky? Sharp as tacks. No problems there. Would trust each one of them with my life and in fact, on most days that is exactly what I do.
Air traffic controllers on the ground.
Muscat Tower - manned completely by Omanis. Hundreds of aircraft movements in a day.
Not an expat in sight. They do a fantastic job.
The Armed Forces in general - enough said. Great bunch of chaps.
The ROP Coastguard? Did I mention the rescue of the Russian Ambassador's wife? 36 hours non-stop searching in conditions that most other experts gave zero chance of survival or location in. They did it. Everyone got out alive.
Security guards in City Centre. Most of them speak about four languages. That's a security guard folks! The same bloke in the UK would be a school drop-out or a failed squaddie.
Difficult to find bright Omanis? - Spare me!