Apparently I’ve just started to dip my toes into the diplomatic circuit. I’m going to be meeting with the head of the economic section of the American embassy fairly soon (insh’allah), and probably also the American ambassador, Gary Grappo. I talked with the ambassador at my last diplomatic soiree. Seeing as he has negotiated the FTA’s with both Oman and Jordan, he could probably help me out with my research just a bit. I’ll also be meeting with a Fulbright grad student who is over here dealing with labor issues resulting from the FTA. She’s going to get me inside the Omani Chamber of Commerce, where they have an economic data library.
On the social side, Dr. Salim is going to be having another shindig, which promises to be fun. Apparently he gives regular lectures, and this one is going to be at another one of his favorite haunts, the InterContinental hotel. Since the InterCon is government owned, it’s practically another one of his houses. Word on the street is that he gives out some awesome gift bags at these things also. More details on this as they go down.