Muscat – A Beautiful City

21 Nov

During our stay in Muscat, Oman we had the opportunity of being driven around the city by our good friend, Toby. We met Toby when we were living in Doha, Qatar and have managed to travel to a country that he is living and working in for the past 2 years, at exactly the same time of year. Last year we met up with him in Abu Dhabi, when Olaf and I went to watch the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. This year we visited Oman and lo and behold Toby was there. We wonder where next year will take us in our quest to keep up the new tradition.

Muscat is a beautiful city and although it is very clearly a city in the Gulf it is also very different to many of the other Gulf countries we have visited. Being situated on the coast, Muscat gets very humid and I expect that summer must be tough. But over this time of the year it is glorious. The little towns along the coast have a distinct beachy feel, the crisp white buildings set against the jagged granite mountains with beautiful blue skies above. Amazingly, Muscat is not very dusty at all so the colours are vivid and bright and due to  lots of rain and water from the high-lying mountainous areas it is also quite green.

The architecture, though still possessing many of the same characteristics of other Arabic countries, also has a slight mediterranean feel. I couldn’t get enough of the crisp white buildings sans the dust we have become used to. It was simply dazzling.

The city is also very well manicured with vast green open spaces and well-tended gardens along the roadside. It was the 40th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Qaboos and so celebrations were underway whilst we were there with many visiting dignitaries insuring Muscat was in ship-shape. However, according to Toby it is generally a well-kept city.

Below is a shot over the harbour just before sunset. The sea is very calm in this part of the world and in the harbour it is like a lake. You just feel like jumping in and going for a swim, I tell ya.

The Grand Mosque is situated in the modern part of Muscat and is quite beautiful, especially when lit up at night. We passed by it on our way in but it was 2 in the morning and I just couldn’t grab my camera fast enough. I got this quick pic whilst flying past on our drive.

Incidentally, I got that shot of the hole in the rock that I discovered whilst kayaking (mentioned in my previous post). Luka and I discovered that we could actually walk around the mountain during an early morning walk before breakfast which means it wasn’t quite as secret and hidden away as I thought aawww! But beautiful none the less.

Muscat is the most beautiful city that I have visited in the Gulf, by far. I would return again in a heartbeat.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Muscat – A Beautiful City”

  1. Jessica Gloss February 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hello Phillipa,!!! How lovely to read about your very different kind of life over there! Met up with your mom last week after many, many years. I took your mom out for coffee this morning, chatted for ages, reminiscing & making plans to go back to the UK…
    take care,
    Love Jess

    • dustbusting February 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

      WOW! How amazing and lovely to hear from you Jess. That must have been an interesting cup of coffee after so many years. Please send love to Leigh and Dale. I would love to know what they are up to but am sure I will get all the latest news via Mom. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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