Blogs from Muscat, Oman, Middle East - page 5


Middle East » Oman » Muscat December 3rd 2009

Today was quite amazing. We started out the morning early, and did not even have time for breakfast before whisking ourselves away to the Oman Dive Centre. We were supposed to be there by 8:00 am, so we thought we would leave by 7:00 am. Well, Dad’s watch was an hour off, so what we thought was 7:00 am was really 8:00 am. Luckily, we left a few minutes early, and did not encounter any traffic, so we arrived there only a few minutes late, and in time to get all our gear and get on the boat. We made 3 dives today, 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. The first dive was Novice Bay, then Cave Site, then Mermaid Bay. On all of the dives, there were rock reefs, as well as ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat December 3rd 2009

Following breakfast, the car rental rep showed up with the car delivered right to the hotel. After filling out the paperwork, we hopped in the car for a bit of an adventure. I had never driven in an Arab country before, could not read most signs, and generally hoped for no problems. None were had. We first drove a few miles through the middle of Muscat, skirting the Souk, to the Omen Dive Centre. We just wanted to be sure that we were all ready to go diving with them the next day. Everything was in order. . . e-mail and the internet are wonderful things! We then decided to drive to Seeb which is, if one knows where he is going, a relatively short drive north of Muscat, past the airport. A guide book to ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat December 3rd 2009

Today we had to get ourselves from Luxor to Muscat, surviving a 6 hour layover in Doha (Qatar). Our flight was not until late in the morning, so we basically doodled around the hotel and a local market while waiting. There was not enough time to see anything interesting, so we just sort of messed around. We drove to the airport, cleared security and check in, hung around a bit, and hopped on the plane. There were very few people, apparently, flying from Luxor to Doha. We arrived in Doha and basically then spent 6 hours walking around and talking about various things, and I read an article in Newsweek that essentially said that America is in decline, and we had better get back on the innovative track. We then boarded our next flight, from Doha ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat April 25th 2009

It took us five days to get to the United Arab Emirates cruising on one engine at about 12 knots. We had plenty to do on board. The ship’s staff came up with a number of interesting parties and events such as an Indian Ocean sundowner party, the officer talent show and the annual Jimbo’s truck stop café dinner. We had a party for our group on the aft deck on a beautiful evening with warm breezes and calm seas. The Captain made an announcement that the two week cruise from Singapore to Dubai was going to be refunded in full to all passengers since we were not able to call in all of the scheduled ports. This seems extremely generous of Regent and it certainly made many passengers not feel so bad about missing Bombay ... read more
Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Tinkle

Middle East » Oman » Muscat April 3rd 2009

Muscat, Oman. 29th march We had a later start to our day off ship so decided to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and natter with some friends. We thought that there was no rush to get off as there did not seem much to do at this port. It was a lovely sail in though, pretty and moody. It was a very hot day-32ish degrees. Murdo had bought me a fold-up Vietnamese straw hat which worked a treat, even if I did look like I was entering an Easter bonnet parade!! We had a shuttle bus that dropped us outside the souk in Mutrah, we decided to postpone that delight until later in the day and off we set. It was a 3km walk to the main city Muscat- or as they call it-the older Muscat. We ... read more
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Middle East » Oman » Muscat April 1st 2009

Today the ship arrived in Muscat, the capital of Oman. The first thing that hits you as the ship nears the port is the striking volcanic mountains and the huge incense burner on the side of the port’s entrance (in Mutrah - just a few kilometres along from old Muscat). There are old Portuguese forts from the 16th century around the edge of the city. A small group of us took a taxi to see the sites. It’s the architecture and the money that stands out as we tour the city - of course very Arabian. All the buildings are white, flat roof with very decorative edges; except for the Sultan’s palace and many of the mosques. The major roads are perfect - but don’t break the law as even travelling through a red light and ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat March 23rd 2009

We decided not to take the 10 hour bus journey from Salalah to Muscat. Instead we flew with Oman Air saving ourselves an awful lot of time and discomfort. On arrival at Seeb International Airport we took a taxi to the Muttrah Corniche area of the city. Now Muscat isn't really a city as such, it is more of a collection of towns squeezed between a small mountain range and the coast with fairly large distances between each of them. Finding budget accommodation was impossible. We ended up at the Al-Fanar Hotel tucked away at one end of the corniche. It was the cheapest place we could find by far, and even then it cost the best part of US$50 for a basic room and no breakfast. The location was good though as the hotel is ... read more
Seaside Fortifications
Our Hotel!

Middle East » Oman » Muscat March 13th 2009

Just 40mins flight from Dubai - this is a very worthy trip, Muscat is beautiful, relaxed, historic, HOT but also expensive! ... read more
the rugged terrain of Muscat

Middle East » Oman » Muscat February 8th 2009

...da sind wir wieder... Diesmal mit einem kleinen Bericht zu unserem 2. Ausflug in den Oman. Ursprünglich hatten wir geplant mehrere Tage in den Oman zu fahren. Daraus wurde leider nichts, weil ich kurzfristig für den nächsten Tag ein Vorstellungsgespräch bekommen habe. Also wurde aus Plan A wie so oft im Leben Plan B und aus 3 Tage - ein Tag. Plan A: Wir hatten eigentlich geplant an der Küste entlag bis nach Muscat (= Hauptstadt) zu fahren, dort zu übernachten und uns am nächsten Tag Muscat anzusehen und dann ins Western Hajar Gebirge zu fahren und dort zu wandern... Plan B: Wir sind in Hatta über die Grenze gefahren und sind dann bis zur Küste und dann die Autobahn 01 Richtung Muscat an der Küste entlang gefahren. Leider führt die Straße nicht direkt an der ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Muscat January 15th 2009

Muscat - the capital The capital of Oman is named Muscat. I spent time there in the beginning of the trip, in the middle of the trip and in the end of the trip. But I left it to the last of my blog entries to actually write about it. Most of the time I was in Muscat I stayed in an area called Muttrah. It is in Muttrah you find the cheapest hotels and that was the primary reason for me to be there. But Muttrah is also a nice part of Muscat and it has a few attractions so it is also a good place to stay. Most people who come to Muttrah visit the souq, the local market. It is covered market, very clean and nice and it feels very old. It feels ... read more
Muttrah Fort
Dhow boat
Sultan Qaboos

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