Crowne Plaza Muscat
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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, ...
... way we even enjoyed our sandwiches. High fives and smiles were also in order.
Night fell as we neared Oman. The controllers though were very professional and gave us vectors to final approach on the ILS approach. We were in radar coverage again! Upon landing there was confusion as to where we should park and how and where we could get avgas. After such a long flight I was frustrated by it, but Johannes put me in my place and I calmed down. ...
So once again, our preconceptions were shattered when we arrived in Muscat and spent the day with a local guide. Situated on the Arabian Peninsula and bordered by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, medieval Muscat, and most of Oman, is a combination of stark, rocky and arid mountains, with profusions of irrigated grassy parks, flowers, and colorful shrubs with the harbor in the background (think the Palm Springs desert valley without the harbor). Expecting a poor, cluttered ...
... 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 ...