Buthaina al Hinai
Buthaina al Hinai, an undergraduate at the College of Commerce and Economics, Sultan Qaboos University, is passionate about human and social behaviour. Her interests revolve around photography, graphic design, sociology and psychology.
Salalah has always been an attractive tourist destination, especially for GCC nationals. You would think that this knowledge of the large number of tourists heading towards Salalah every monsoon season, there would be sufficient preparations to meet their demands. This assumption shamefully stands incorrect, especially this season.
Until recently, I’ve always had a certain image of how things in a workplace in Oman would look like – bored employees, solitaire on computer screens, newspapers and coffee.
Pictures of Syrian children drenched in their own blood and thrown on the side of the road upset even the heartless. We sit, helplessly, with our eyes fixed to TV screens, knowing there isn’t much we can do to stop the monsters behind the tragic massacres.
Education is always associated with synonyms of light, making people’s vision clearer, unveiling secrets and solving puzzles, taking people from darkness to light. In Oman, in the area of history specifically, education is doing the exact opposite - serving as a political blindfold, inducing darkness instead of light, hiding facts.
Since the unrest in Oman and in an effort to unveil governmental corruption, many online activists have been working on spreading leaked documents. Some documents exposed the Ministry of Higher Education’s unfair allocation of scholarships to the children of prominent Omani officials and other documents from the Ministry of Housing proved the acquisition of large areas of land by Omani ministers.