Posts Tagged "Oman"

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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Salalah, Oman

On April 1, 2016, We arrived in Salalah, the second largest city in Oman, located on the edge of the Oman Desert. We took a tour 100 Kilometers out of Salalah into the desert to the Khadaf dunes located at the edge of the Rub Al Khali Desert. Our guides and drivers were all Bedouins, who make their home here. We then proceeded out into the dunes and climbed some of them. After the dunes we then went to the Lost City of Ubar, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site, that was built nearly 5,000 years ago. After touring the site we went to the Wadi Dawkah Natural park of Frankincense trees, a park...

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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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Salalah, Oman

Overnight we traveled to the other side of Oman to the Port of Salalah arriving on March 28, 2015. Salalah, unlike mountainous Muscat, is located in a desert and was once the major port for shipping Frankincense. Still today it is produced and shipped all over the world. We traveled around the desert stopping at the Frankincense Souq with many stalls. Some stalls the vendors were ladies dressed in the traditional berkas. As we drove around the country there were many walls painted with murals of the ruler of the country Sultan Qaboos.  The desert had small scattered communities most of which...

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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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