Oman is a growing tourist destination, but it’s prices drive many people to chose neighbouring countries for their vacation. However, when you’re planning your holiday, you can save money by staying in one of Oman’s major cities and still see the exotic culture and historical presence in Oman. Visit this site to start your online application for a visa.
The laid back and slow lifestyle of locals in Muscat, Oman will help bring you that true sense of relaxation that many miss when travelling. Because Muscat is the source of Oman’s sea trade, you can still make your way down to bustling bazaars.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Many sultans poured thousands of dollars into building mosques or religious monuments. However, Sultan Qaboos spent 45 years lending his wealth and eventually his name as well, to one particular Mosque.
From the sheer size to the generous nature of the construction, this is a site to behold. Both sexes can now visit the men’s prayer hall which holds chandeliers the size of golf carts and Persian carpets. The central walkway supports a gold dome that measures 50 meters high and meets white marble walls.
Be sure to practice a respectful level of conservative dress while visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Men should wear both long sleeves and pants, while somen should bring a headscarf, and cover up from collar bones to about mid-calf.
Oman is one of the best places in the world for seafood lovers. Take a trip to the gulf and spend your holiday enjoying meal after meal. Muscat, Oman is well-known for their Kingfish Curry where fish simmers for long periods of time in coconut milk with ginger and garlic. The fish is usually grilled first which provides a distinct texture.
At the Blue Marlin Restaurant, you can dine while on a yacht. They catch fish daily and grill on-site. They serve grilled tuna, prawns, lobster and kingfish family-style so bring a group with you!
On top of the outstanding dining, there is the tradition of greeting guests with cardamom-infused coffee. The coffee comes with good dates that can range from caramel-tasting to mildly sweet.
Visit the Bazaar and Learn to Barter
Many people imagine exotic bazaars when they think of the Arabian desert. Muscat is the best city in Oman to visit for this experience. You can coast through the maze of jewelry, ceramics, souvenirs and endless camel themed objects. You can see everything from gold jewelry to camel-hair art.
Most stall sellers will start with an opening price and expect you to offer about half. Everyone has a different bottom line, so there is no magic formula to get you the price you want. But, they often overprice their items knowing that you’ll try to haggle them down.
Bartering is part of Omani culture and should be an enjoyable process. Remember not to lose your temper, or get frustrated. If you walk away from a sale, you’re either winning at bartering or on your way to a better find.
One of the best places to people-watch and pick up a few bartering skills of your own without risking your money is at Muscat’s Muttrak Souk. This bazaar is one of the largest in Oman.
Capturing Life Moments in Stunning Sunsets
Muscat is well-known for the Sultan Qaboos Port which runs across the east of the waterfront. But, the best way to take in this sight is through the picturesque pathway of Al-Lawati Mosque. You can look down and see the shows in the water, the Gulf of Oman and watch the sky erupt in pale pinks as the sun sets.
Pictures have long captured the shining orange, and magenta hues bounce off the water. Trips to Muscat aren’t complete without a stroll down the Corniche; it’s the greatest way to end your vacation in Muscat.
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