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Jun

Jewel Of Muscat in Penang

   Posted by: CK Lam   in Batu Feringgi, Events, Hotels, Penang

Sigi’s Bar and Grill On The Beach was abuzz with excitement last Monday when it hosted a surprise birthday celebration for Captain Saleh Al Jabri of The Jewel of Muscat. The captain and his crew members arrived at Sigi’s dressed up in their traditional Omani uniform.

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain Saleh cutting the birthday cake presented to him by Sigi’s

Jewel of Muscat

The Jewel of Muscat

For those who are unfamiliar with The Jewel of Muscat, the ship is a replica of a ninth century Omani ship and is a gift from the Sultanate of Oman to the republic of Singapore. The 18 metres-long ship has been built  without nails and the planks hand-sewn together using coconut fibre.  More interesting info of the ship can be view here.

Jewel of Muscat set sail from Muscat in early 2010 under the guidance of Captain Saleh Al Jabri, travelling along the trade routes down through the Arabian Sea, along the western coast of India, around Sri Lanka before sailing into Tanjung City Marina, Penang.

Jewel of Muscat in Penang

It was a sparkling evening with plenty of food and fun for everyone. The guests were served with appetizers before the meal.

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

CK Lam & Chan Lilian with Captain Saleh of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

A memorable shot with Captain Saleh Al Jabri and Chan Lilian

Executive Sous Chef John Brock and his culinary team specially prepared a sumptuous spread of Middle Eastern favorites for the guests. One such favorite was the Mezze platter and the tabouleh salad.

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Chef at work!

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

Belly dancers were on hand to lend a festive air to the celebration captivating everyone with their colorful belly dancing costumes and their feminine expression and movements.

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Captain Saleh Al Jabri joins in the dance much to the delight of everyone.

Captain & crew of Jewel Of Muscat in Sigi's Penang by what2seeonline.com

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This celebration is one of the many celebrations Golden Sands Resort has in conjunction with the Middle East holiday season in Penang. Mark your calendar as Sigi’s Bar & Grill will be organizing its first beach party themed An Arabian Night on 25th June 2010. There is a lot of fun, with many exciting activities such as belly dancing, snake charmer session and fire juggling together with a Middle Eastern buffet spread. Put on your best Arabian costume or your most comfortable beach casual (there’s a prize for Best Arabian theme wear too).

For more information on Sigi’s Arabian Night party and reservations, please contact 04 8861852. The ticket priced at RM138 ++ per person includes free flow of soft drinks, wine and beer. Early birds that get their tickets before 19th June is entitled to a 20% discount. Lucky winners will walk away with games prizes including hotel stays in Dubai, Muscat and Abu Dhabi!

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Coming back to the The Jewel of Muscat…the ship set sail from Penang on the 18th of June to Port Klang and is expected to arrive in Singapore on 3rd July. Golden Sands Resort hosted the bon voyage celebration with kompang performances for the captain and his crew. There was a great atmosphere at the port.

Bon voyage to the Jewel Of Muscat in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Together present in the event was the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman Mr Ali Ahmed Salim Al-Shanfari, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang chapter chairman Mr Marco Battistotti, Golden Sands Resort General Manager Mr Bruno Cristol and officials from Penang Port and Opal Asia.

Bon voyage to the Jewel Of Muscat in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain Saleh Al Jabri presenting a memento to Mr Bruno Cristol

The farewell breakfast includes a selection of pastries with the servings of quiche Lorraine, smoked salmon croissant and chicken pita bread and many hot local breakfast items.

Bon voyage to the Jewel Of Muscat in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Mr Ali Ahmed Salim Al-Shanfari having a chat with the crew

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Selection of pastries – quiche Lorraine, smoked salmon croissant & chicken pita bread

Bon voyage to the Jewel Of Muscat in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Captain Saleh Al Jabri accorded Mr Burno Cristol the honour of lifting the ship’s anchor as part of the sending off ceremony. He was accompanied by Mr Ali Ahmed Salim Al-Shanfari and Mr Marco Battistotti.

Bon voyage to the Jewel Of Muscat in Penang by what2seeonline.com

Everyone that was present bids bon voyage to the Captain and his crew as the ship head out to the sea on to their final destination to Singapore with a stopover in Port Klang.

Bon voyage to the Jewel Of Muscat in Penang by what2seeonline.com

The departure of the Jewel of Muscat indeed brings a memorable day for Penang!

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3 comments so far

 1 

Ooh! Authentic belly-dancers! :D

June 19th, 2010 at 11:29 am
 2 

Looked like a great celebration. Bon Voyage to the Jewel of Muscat!

June 20th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
 3 

wow! what a unique type of outing~

June 21st, 2010 at 2:40 pm

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