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Weekend in Muscat

June 9, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

stone fort on top of a hill

For the last six years, whenever we discussed vacation destinations Oman came up, but was always sidelined for other destinations. We are leaving the Middle East in less than two months, so we arranged to take a quick weekend trip before it is too late.

ornate gate

We had a bit of rough start when we missed our Thursday evening flight and had to opt for Friday morning instead. Once we got there, we took a walk through the souk (market). Since we were on a tight schedule, we took the Big Red Bus tour.

lamb in paper thin flat bread with fries

In the evening we had a mini food tour, beginning with shuwa sandwiches at Shuwa Express followed by a traditional meal at Bin Ateeq. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, they were out of shuwa, so we couldn’t compare.

On Saturday, we went to the Bayt Al Baranda museum. After finishing at the museum we opted to walk to the souk by way of the back alleys.

narrow paved alley

Before heading to the airport, we had a late lunch at Ubhar Restaurant. The food was quite lovely. My steak was delicious as was the frankincense ice cream.

The Omani people were very friendly and helpful. Even walking through and shopping in the souk was a pleasant experience.

Taxis are not metered, so one has to negotiate the price before getting in. One fellow didn’t think our offer was enough, but he accepted it anyway.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience which we should have done earlier and for more than just two days. To see all the pictures, click here.

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One comment

  1. I’m glad you made it to Muscat before you leave – wasn’t it great? Good luck in China!



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