So much to see in Muscat (Oman), but we need a driver. Hubby is getting the hang of haggling and negotiated a great rate a half day of Muscat highlights.
We started with the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque often considered to be the world’s most beautiful mosque. It is the third largest mosque in the world (the largest Mosque in Oman) and the only one in Oman to allow non-Muslim visitors. It is and was a gift from the Sultan to the people. Call to prayer is five times each day and done live from the Grand Mosque. The mosque includes the massive Swarovski crystal chandelier and the second largest hand made Persian carpet in the world.
The girls and I needed conservative dress for our visit – with covering to the wrists and ankles along with our hair. (Thanks Sandy for the beautiful scarf from Turkey. Sarah his wearing it today).
After the Mosque, we tried to hit all the key tourist sites. Muscat is an interesting mix of the old and new. We visited the fish market, the Mutrah Souq, the royal palace, Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort,the beach, Al Bustan Palace Hotel (the most exclusive in Muscat), Bait Al Bagh Musuem (Omani history) and the Opera House. Here are some of our favorite photos of the day:
I hope these photos have captured just how much I am truly enjoying Muscat.
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