Golden Oasis Hotel
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Since I stayed in Sri Lanka way longer than planned it is now over 40 Celsius or even breaching 50 in some areas of Oman. My flight however is still to Muscat and I want a little time to explore the capital before heading on so I arrange just over a day stop over.
Arriving late in the evening I really have no idea of the topography of the area. I make my way to the hotel planning to get up in the morning and take the Big Bus tour around town before heading to the airport.
... exactly the lap of luxury for sure but that’s exactly what I wanted, after all it only cost the equivalent of 20p. We then got lost among the roads of the old town, briefly visiting the Dubai Museum too (so glad they focused some efforts on the history of Dubai!). It was an enjoyable day spent seeing the old Dubai as opposed to the high rise city of the modern era – suitably filling the gap of what I thought Abu Dhabi lacked. It’s very much a tale of ...
... police at the door to ensure that women were properly attired - head covered and no skin other than hands showing. Men were not required to cover their heads but long pants and sleeves were required.
The Mosque was magnificent, all Italian marble, Swarovski chandeliers, Rolex clocks and the worlds largest hand woven carpet. No one knows how much it cost as it was a gift from the Sultan to his people. The tour ended with a visit to the vast Royal Palace
... coffee and dates (even today) in receiving guests. Omani spiced coffee (contains saffron, rose water, and maybe other spices) is always offered from a ceremonial coffee pot to guests, along with some dates. It is offered from the right hand of the host and must be accepted by the right hand of the guest. The cup will be refilled until the guest indicates he has had enough by shaking the cup back and forth.
Our tour next included a photo stop at Bahla Fort, ...
... outside behind the hills. This was a secluded 5 star resort Al Jissa, nestled in the rocks on the Gulf of Oman.
We were greeted by shiny blue Rolls Royce Silver Phantom rolling up the road contrasted by the beige, rocky background. It really fit into the scenery with the yachts and fancy Hotel set in the rocks.
Unfortunately the fancy Hotel didnt have a parking spot left (or so the security guard ...