Nick  Smith

    Property Talk

    Nick Smith is the former CEO of The Wave, Muscat. You can reach him at

Muscat International
    May 14, 2012

The 8am Muscat to Dubai Oman Air flight took off last Monday heading eastwards, turned sharply, giving me, from my seat on the left hand side of the plane, a clear view of the progress of all of the construction work. The first most noticeable aspect is all of the new roads inside the airport perimeter.

Hooked on e-mail
    May 7, 2012

“Cannot find the server” has become a phrase I dread. I currently run four main e-mail addresses: a personal one for friends; my personal business account; and two for established business here in Muscat where I work. Added to these is my Apex account and a special one I have for Facebook, so that the messages there don’t clog up my other inboxes.

The value of a brand
    April 30, 2012

Have you noticed how a majority of company press releases printed in our newspapers refer to the ‘value of the brand’ or the ‘re-launch of the brand with a new logo?’

Fingers and thumbs
    April 23, 2012

My two years were up and it was time to renew my residence card. This time it was possible to avoid the health screening at the government facility in Darsait by using one of the several authorised private centres, so I chose Atlas in Al Khuwayr. 

The importance of location
    April 16, 2012

I have been involved with real estate for most of my life, and as some readers will know, it is the reason I came to Oman back in 2006. Location is undoubtedly the factor which most influences the value of property, and this critical driving force is quoted (and mis-quoted) by estate agents the world over.

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