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... So I finally managed to watch the ego movie, which literally made me "lol", luckily I think most other passengers were also enjoying the in flight movies so probably didn't notice.... Thou then I decided to watch anchorman2, at around midnight UK time, so my laughter may not have been so disguised during sleepy time! I arrived in Oman around 4.15am UK time, 7.15am their time and ...
... the grand prayer hall to roam around at our own leisure.
The mosque is named after Sultan Qaboos and is relatively new, being built between 1995 and 2001. I learned that although the mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshipers in total, the main prayer hall only holds 6,500. The mosque features a 90 meter tall main minaret flanked by four 45 ½ meter minarets. 5 minarets in all representing the 5 pillars of Islam.
A flimsy runner flanked by ropes either side, ...
... OK and then we started our tour of the mosque. Juma spoke good English and I think he was impressed with my basic Arabic!!
The mosque was absolutely stunning - such opulence and grandeur - the chandeliers and the carpet in the main part were just incredible. Juma explained each part of the mosque to us - he was very informative and surprised when I told him I have a copy of The Koran at home.
We got back to Muttrah Souk and met ...
... buildings, and they were all closed to the public. There was a French museum, that had also managed to close for the day before I got there. After I walked down along the water near the palace, I went up to the main square which was a arched lined parade ground leading to the front gate of the sultan's palace. It was a grand area that seemed ready for to host some event, any event, as the handful of people didn't do it justice. A few laborers were taking a nap on ...
... until well after midnight.