Muscat Journals

Must be Muscat

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A travel journal to Muscat by TianjinPaul

Desert Highway 1 Photo, Muscat, Oman More Photos
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InterContinental Muscat

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Hotel | "The Smell of Home"

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It was a different world. I live in Rustaq, a small town out in the windswept depths of the Omani desert at the foothills of Jebel Sham (one of Oman’s largest mountains). It is small. It is unbelievably quiet. The people are very traditional. And, modern luxuries such as phone-lines, super-markets and paved roads are relatively modern arrivals. The Intercontinental in the Qurum area of Muscat could not have been in greater contrast. From the moment I parked my car on the rather lavish driveway, I knew I stepping back into ‘civilization’. At this point, I should clarify that I did not stay at the Intercon. At over $400 dollars a night, it does not offer the greatest value for money. Instead, my friends...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

InterContinental Muscat
WAY NO 2817 BLDG 1304
Muscat, Oman
968-600500

Individuality Amongst Uniformity

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To the naked eye, the national dress of Oman seems rather regimented and void of individuality. Men wear a long flowing robe – which is almost always white – known as a dishdash. The women wear similarly long robes that flow even more than the male version. These are commonly called thawb or dishdasha, and almost all of the time, are black. At first glance, I found it all rather bland and unimpressive. It felt as though everyone were wearing a uniform. However, after a few weeks in Oman, I began to notice that, even with such strict and regimented dress codes, there was actually plenty of individuality on show … you just had to look that little bit closer.Let’s start with the men. The vast...Read More

Centre Point (Centrepoint)

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Attraction | "Centre of Oman"

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In 2004, I lived in Korea. For just over a year, I called Taean - a small fishing town of the west coast in Chungcheognnam-Do province – home. It was a sleepy little locale. There was a population of just over 25,000 people, only four of which were westerners. I was very happy in Taean. One of the major reasons behind this was its location. It was around 150km south-west of Seoul, a distance that could be covered in just under two hours on the bus. For me, this was perfect. In my small town setting, I was able to enjoy a very close relationship with Korean culture and local Korean people, and the cost of living was very cheap. However, I was also close enough to Seoul to enjoy the benefits of a big ci...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Centre Point (Centrepoint)
Muscat City Center
Muscat, Oman

Desert Highway

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Desert Highway 1 Photo, Muscat, Oman
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After having lived in the desert town of Rustaq for just over a week, I realized that walking around in 40 degree heat was no fun and that the best way to deal with this was to get myself a car. Unfortunately, there was nowhere close by for me to rent a car. So, my only option was to head to the Omani capital, Muscat, to rent a car from one of the major dealers at the airport. In itself, this would be a pretty hum-drum transaction. However, I must admit that when I set off in a taxi, I was very excited at the prospect of driving through the desert.The route between Muscat and Rustaq was very simple. After leaving the airport, I would take the coastal highway, which runs parallel to the Gu...Read More

Hotel Al Madinah Holiday

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Hotel | "Mad for the Madinah"

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The announcement that we were beginning our descent into Muscat knocked me out of my rather fitful slumber. The flight from Dubai to the Omani capital is just under an hour, the majority of which I had spent trying to catch up on my sleep. A few hours before, I had taken the red-eye form Heathrow to Dubai. And, a combination of Emirates excellent in flight entertainment – four episodes of Entourage and three of My Name is Earl – and a rather noisy Indian family in the row in front had prevented me getting any serious sleep. As we arched over the beautiful Gulf of Oman, I was not admiring the beautiful blue seas or impressive beaches – as wonderful as they both were - I was just thinking about some res...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Hotel Al Madinah Holiday
Al Azaiba
Muscat, Oman
(0)24 529 700

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The following story details the ins and outs of entering Oman. This is in itself a smooth and simple process. However, I – and several others I have met since – encountered some major problems as they embarked from their home countries. The events begin at Heathrow in London as I checked in at the Emirates desk and the check-in clerk rifled through my passport."Good Morning Mr Bacon.""Good Morning.""And, what is your final destination today sir?" asked the rather officious check-in clerk. As he had the print-out of my E-Ticket firmly in his hand, he knew very well I was going to Muscat. Because of the way he asked and the rather pedantic tone he was adopting, I began to see the...Read More