Saturday, 24 October 2015


We started our trip to Oman in Muscat, the nation's capital. Muscat is very spread out, with few tall buildings, and you are never very far from the sea.

Qurum Beach

Mangrove, Shatti/Al Qurum

Watchtower and Omani Flag

 Mutra is one of the oldest and most easterly districts of the capital.

Watchtower, Mutra

old and new in Mutra: the yacht behind the dhow belongs to the Sultan

Corniche, Mutrah

Corniche, Mutrah

Mutrah fort (built by the Portuguese in 1580s)

in Mutra souq

in Mutrah souq

in Mutra Souq

outside Mutrah souq on the Corniche

Corniche, Mutrah 

elevated view showing the whole Cornice, Mutraj

playing games

 The Sultan's Palace, built over the site of the former British Embassy, is closed to the public.

Sultan's Palace

 The Bayt al-Zubair museum is located in a restored house and exhibits Omani heritage.

modern art at Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

 It houses a reconstructed baristi, which is a traditional house made from palm fronds and trees.


Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

Bayt Al-Zubair Museum

coastline, old Muscat

dhows off Mutrah

sunset over typical Muscat housing

Royal Opera House, Muscat (built in 2011)

Royal Opera House, Muscat 

an Omani meal may end with dates, followed by rosewater to wash your hands

No visit to Muscat is complete without visiting the Grand Mosque, which was a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign.

The mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, including 750 women in a private prayer hall.

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