Blogs from Muscat, Oman, Middle East


Middle East » Oman » Muscat June 23rd 2019

This morning we have booked a half day tour of Muscat town. We are met by our guide who introduces himself as Hamid. First stop is the very imposing Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which was opened in 2001. The mosque has five minarets, a ladies mosque with capacity of 750, and a main hall which can cater for up to 6,500 male worshippers. Hamid proudly tells us that if the internal courtyards and corridors are included, its total capacity is 20,000. He preempts our question as to why the capacity for female worshippers is so much less than that for the men, by telling us that the ladies are not expected to attend the mosque as frequently so that they can be at home looking after their children and performing domestic duties. The main hall is ... read more
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Main hall, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Middle East » Oman » Muscat » Muttrah June 21st 2019

We’re tired, in the wrong time zone, and the weather app says the temperature “feels like” 43, so we decide to spend most of the day relaxing by the pool and on the beach. As I make my way out of the sea up onto the sand, it’s a bit hard not to notice a crab the size of a small dog. I suspect it wouldn’t have too much trouble chomping off one of my feet with a single snap of one of its gigantic claws, so I decide that maybe that’s enough swimming in the sea for today. I take the opportunity to read up on the history of Muscat. The ever reliable Wikipedia tells us that there’s evidence of a settlement here from as early as 6,000 BC, and it seems that the town ... read more
Foyer of The Chedi Muscat hotel
The Chedi Muscat Hotel
The Chedi Muscat Hotel

Middle East » Oman » Muscat June 20th 2019

We get off our flight from Melbourne at Dubai just after dawn and transfer to another plane for the short flight across to Muscat. Visibility isn’t great, but the views from the plane of the rugged Omani mountains poking up through the haze are mesmerising. The friendly young man in the seat next to us introduces himself as Ali. He tells us that he is from Pakistan, and he is travelling to Muscat to ply his trade as a silversmith. Issy asks him how old he is. He says that he thinks he is twenty, but he might be twenty one. I wonder how it’s possible for someone not to know how old they are. I then remember reading somewhere that it’s not unusual for Pakistani cricketers to burst onto the scene as teenage prodigies, only ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat May 6th 2019

Oman: a delighful diversion On this trip (to the Middle East) we were confronted with expensive options that travelled via Europe. The alternative was a more direct route using multiple legs. The latter were daytime flights (our preference) being Australia > Malaysia > Oman > Jordan. Instead of using Oman as an overnighter, we decided to stay a little longer. As always, if you want to see the picture in a larger size, just click on it. Day 1 - May 3: Arrival As the plane descended to Muscat (capital of Oman), the dust haze of the Arabian peninsular gradually gave way to a rocky, parched desert. The bright blue of the ocean contrasted with the beige and brown of the landscape. From the air, there was no evidence of green anywhere! At the terminal, we ... read more
Q'Uram beach
Muscat vista
Sultan's Palace (one of several) overlooking Muscat

Middle East » Oman » Muscat May 6th 2019

As Spectrum of the Seas is a brand new ship, this is it´s first visit to Muscat. When it arrived, the port authority had laid on a special presentation for the captain to welcome him and his ship. Unfortunately, they would not release the ship for the passengers to leave until this was finished, so we were half an hour later leaving the ship than anticipated. Muscat is not really a passenger port, it is more commercial. So they lay on buses and everyone has to be transported to the port entrance. At 8.00am they started giving out numbers for the port buses. When we got there at 8.30am they were already up to number 13. This gave us plenty of time to catch breakfast before our number was called for the bus out of the ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat » Muttrah April 3rd 2019

today the arcadia is leaving the gulf of aden and heading into the red sea. for the past few nights we have been traveling at top speeds of 21 knots making sure to outrun pirate ships. these pirates are not like jack sparrow, they are from somalia. we all had to partake in an anti-piracy drill. everyone with outside cabins had to go into their corridor and sit on the floor away from their cabin door. and if you had an inside cabin they were to stay inside with the door locked. it was a chance to see who all of your neighbours are. we have had armed guards on board and are being escorted by the royal navy. at dusk the promenade deck is closed until dawn with the guards keeping watch. they have rigged ... read more
en route to mumbai

Middle East » Oman » Muscat » Muttrah April 3rd 2019

i forgot to add these photos to today's blog. if anyone knows what they are please let me know! susan :)... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat December 26th 2018

Am Mittwoch haben wir Sehenswürdigkeiten in Muscat besucht. Zuerst waren wir in der Grand Mosque. Diese war sehr sehenswert, aber kleiner als die Moschee in Casablanca. Dann waren wir im Royal Opera House. Dort haben wir auch an einer Führung teilgenommen. Dann sind wir zum Stadtteil Mutrah. Dort gibt es am Hafen eine Corniche und einen Souq. Im Hafen waren die beiden riesigen Yachten des Sultan und zwei Fregatten aus Australien und Spanien. Hier habe ich auch mit einem Mitreisenden einen Kaffee getrunken. Dann sind wir weiter zum Sultanspalast. Dort sind wir außen etwas herum gelaufen. Zuletzt sind wir zum bekannten Hotel Al Bustan Palace. Dort könnten wir die große Lobby betrachten. Am Ende sind wir zum Hotel zurück gekehrt und ich habe einige Dinge am Computer erledigt. Insgesamt macht die Stadt einen sehr entwickelten und ... read more
Royal Opera House Muscat.
Mutrah Corniche und Souq.
Beim Palast des Sultans.

Middle East » Oman » Muscat December 25th 2018

Am Dienstag haben wir Al Ain verlassen und sind zum Grenzübergang für den Oman gefahren. Dort gab es ein Problem, weil eine Mitreisende nicht korrekt in Dubai registriert wurde. Ich muss auch sagen, dass ich mittlerweile mehrere der Mitreisenden kennen gelernt habe. Einige von ihnen haben schon eine ganz Reihe von Reisen mit dem gleichen Veranstalter gemacht. Allerdings sind die meisten oder alle auch älter, als ich. Nachdem das Problem an der Grenze gelöst war, sind wir weiter gefahren. An einem Supermarkt haben wir wieder Halt gemacht. Dort gab es eine große Auswahl an frischen Fisch, aber in den Hotels haben wir bisher davon wenig bekommen. VAE und Oman sind für ihre Fischgerichte bekannt. Dann sind wir weiter gefahren und haben an einer Moschee und einem Bergdorf wieder Foto-Stopps eingelegt. Später waren wir im Fort von ... read more
Bei den heißen Quellen von Nakhal.
Al Hazm Fort.
Kurzer Stop an einer Moschee.

Middle East » Oman » Muscat » Qurum January 29th 2018

Hicran Ciğdem Yorgancıoğlu ‘nun Oman (Umman ) Muscat Devr-i Alem Hicri Alem Hicran Çiğdem Seyahatnamesi’nden ..seyahat notlarından alıntılardır . Her hakkı saklıdır .. / Eserin tüm telif hakları H.Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu’na aittir . Eserin izinsiz kopyalanması çoğaltımı ,yayını ,dağıtımı halinde 5846 sayılı Fikir ve Sanat Eserleri Kanunun hükümleri geçerli olacaktır. UMMAN (OMAN) YAKIN DÖNEM ENERJİ PERSEKTİFİ Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu 11 Şubat 2018 Ocak ayının son haftasını Dünya Turu gezilerim kapsamında 105inci ziyaret ettğim ülke olan Arap Yarımadası’nın güneydoğu kıyısındaki Umman’da geçirdim. Bu makale de Umman’ın kısaca ülke görünümü üzerinden yakın dönem enerji sektöründeki gelişmelere göz atmak amacıyla hazırlanmıştır. img=file:///C:/Users/toshiba/AppData/Local/Te... read more

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