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... the day before in Salalah, our guide continued extolling the virtues of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
We still haven’t quite figured out exactly how he overthrew his father in 1970, sending him into exile at the Mayfair Hotel in London.
But Sultan Qaboos’ efforts at modernization are obvious to the naked eye.
There are electrical transmission lines everywhere, and the streets are clogged with ...
Day began with an hour's walk at 6am and it was already 28 degrees. We then returned for breakfast before heading off at 8.30am to visit the mosque. This required David to wear long pants and shirt and Marion and I to wear abayas which fully covered our heads and bodies. Marion was able to supply both of these. The visit was indescribable and the pictures do not do justice to the size and ornateness of the building. The standout feature was the chandelier ...
Before even arriving in the UAE I have to admit I did have the obvious thoughts about arriving in potential "oil cities"; and those familiar with my blog already will know my thoughts on cities can be a little harsh at the best of times. I went into our first port Abu Dhabi with an open mind, I knew what it was and was prepared to try and see the best of it without being such a downer for once. We got into port and hopped onto the shuttle bus into town, and I bet you can ...
... way unlike some other Gulf areas. Our final day, before we headed for the flight home to London, was taken up with a guided visit to the very impressive Muscat Opera House that opened in 2011. It is of the highest craftsmanship and the materials are sourced from as far as Burma (timber) & Italy (cream marble). Anyone who has visited Oman will have visited the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Mosque and this new building is of a similar style and has the same Wow ...
... a little different route. I decided to take a rest in the shade of an arch and check my messages. It turned out that I sent Aziz the wrong number (stupid copy paste on the phone) and he tried to reach me but couldn't. So we rearranged the time to 7:30 in the Muscat Grand Mall.
Good, I had a bit of more time to explore the old part of Muscat so walked further along the coast and passed a couple more watch towers. It started to remind me of Dublin where ...