If we’d asked anyone, I’m sure they would have told us that it was going to be a shock to the system for us Wandsworth Bridge Road types to leave Fulham and make a trip to Oman. And so it proved : 42 degrees C, or something above 100 degrees F in old money. But we made it to Muscat, and then onwards via a twisty coastal road to Barr Al Jissah where we are designing a range of Limited Edition townhomes for the destination there. Mr Fraser initially spontaneously melted ( better than combusting I suppose ) but adapted very quickly and we were able to appreciate a special place : tucked in amongst the Al Hajar mountains with uninterrupted views over the Gulf of Oman. It is our happy privilege to bring our yachting perspective to the site.
Even after less than 24 hours there, it was clear why they labelled it “A Place Forever”. Serene, rugged and luxurious. Just our kind of thing. And, for good measure, our journey back to the airport was made substantially easier by one of the Bentleys which purr around Barr Al Jissah. With a few hours before our flight, the souq required a visit. We bought the following :
- Quantity of frankincense ( first quality ) with a charcoal brazier
- A dagger, or more correctly, a Khanjar. Skillfully, I believe I left the merchant having offered him more than the asking price
- A big bag of dates
As you can tell, I am a believer in bringing back something authentic and local; air-conditioned ice rinks and luxury boutiques having minimal appeal. It was only when I proudly demonstrated the frankincense to the studio, and the smoke alarm went off, that I realised that some things don’t travel so well.
Work at Barr Al Jissah will continue over the coming months and we look forward to the first house being completed early next year.