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Muscat Oman

From India we crossed the Indian Ocean and docked in Muscat, Oman on March 22, 2017. In Oman we had a full day starting with the local fish market, then proceeding to the Hajar Mountains and our second destination, Nizwa. In Nizwa we visited a traditional souq and the Nizwa Fort, which was built in the 1650s and is now Oman’s most visited National Monument. We left Nizwa and went to the town of Bahla. Here we stopped to view the Balha Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and then proceeded to our final stop, the Jabrin Castle, another impressive castle built in the 1600s. The thumbnail...

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Muscat, Oman

On March 30,2016, we sailed into the port of Muscat in Oman. Muscat is a city surrounded by mountains and has a deep harbor that was used in the spice trade and was guarded by many forts that were mostly built by the Portuguese. We took a Ho Ho bus around the town for an overview of the countryside. We passed several Mosques and some interesting traffic circle statues like the one representing a Coffee Pot and cups. The main square was flanked by the Oman Development Bank and the city’s Clock Tower. We also stopped at the Al Alam Palace. This is the palace were foreign dignitaries are...

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Muscat, Oman

March 26, 2015 we docked in Muscat in Oman. Muscat is located on the Arabian Sea and is nestled among the rocky Al Hajar Mountains. Our trip today included a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The mosque is very large and could hold close to 20,000 worshipers and was beautifully landscaped. The inside was adorned with green and gold tile work. We next went to the Mutrah Souq a covered market below ground level to help protect the shop keepers and customers from the extreme summer heat. We then went to the Qasr Al Alam Palace, one of many palaces in Oman, for a view of the outside...

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