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Oman

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  • The first time in an arabic country.. Very different, but very enjoyable!
    This people pay a lot of attention to their culture, which is a good thing. Well - akward was that these folks have as many tailors for female clothing than we have hairsaloons in Europe!

    By the way.. The local market is georgeous - and huge! Got almost lost.. But I'm done with most christmas presents! :-)

  • Although Oman wasn't initially in our travel plans we added it in to make a pitstop to visit our friend Mohamed who lives there. Mohamed and Rupal met in Poland when Rupal was living there and have kept in touch over the last four years.

    Mohamed welcomed us openly to visit his hometown of Muscat and had many activities planned for us. Our favorite was visiting Wadi Shab a valley within the mountainous terrain about 2 hours outside of Muscat. The scenery there was beautiful and the water cave we walked for an hour to was well worth it! We had fun swimming and cliff jumping in the cave where the reflecting light made the water so clear and blue. We didn't realize Oman had such natural beauty and can't wait to go back to explore more!

    We also enjoyed the hospitality of Mohamed and his friends who made us feel at home while we were there. We had a fun BBQ on the beach where we drank beers and grilled meat and fish to eat with pita and hummus; it was delicious!

    Although our time was short, we also managed to visit the The Royal Opera House of Oman which is a beautiful made building with precise detail carved in wood and marble, got to stroll the marina where we walked through the old souk and saw the king's 2 massive yachts and even enjoyed a pretty sunset on the beach.

    Just like many people we didn't know much about Oman but thanks to Mohamed we were introduced to a gem of a country that we know we'll visit again in the future!
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  • We had a stop over for one night in Oman which gave us enough time to realise this isn't our type of place.... It's a dry country!

    Oman
    We have arrived on the eve of the kings birthday who is very popular if the street decorations of green, red and white are to be believed. The whole boulevard is lit with atring lights as well as most shops, garages, cafes and hotels. It is like there is a competition to see who can have the best lights display. There are also hundreds of pictures of the king everywhere!

    The driving quality is good and in the right.
    They paint their cars and there is no rain so it doesn't wash off which is cute most having some sort of personalisation in the colours of the flag. We try to go over a bridge where there is a wagon from Dubai causing traffic build up because it weighs over the 3tonne limit 😂 (artic with 30 2t bags on it)!! All bridges which are generally pre cast concrete have a 3 tonne limit.

    There is a large range of building sites ranging from a small hotel where they use paint tins filled with concrete with 3x2 in for hoarding and no PPE, to sites with 10 stories of system scaffold and boots, hat and hi-vis being used by most. Every job even 3 stories seems to have a tower crane.
    Most jobs seem to have a pretty good standard of edge protection.

    Plant is in a good state of repair and much better than most parts of Western Europe having standard wagons, HIABS, cranes, lots of CAT stuff, and concrete wagons.

    They use pre-cast everywhere as well as slip form concrete.

    EVERYONE (men) wears white but it's so white!! How do they get it so white?? Their wives must be good (may need to do a stint here as a wife course). Explains what wifeys do here all the time though as there are very few out socially. We walked about a mile down the boulevard and there were literally dozens of groups of men just chillin looking at the sea, waffling sitting. There was one group of black lads not dressed singing and dancing which was pretty cool but the only thing going on for miles!

    Man:holly - getting more leg room
    Donkey: Charlie for not removing barriers or wet stuff when going through customs!
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  • Nachdem wir den Bauchtanz und das Arabische Buffet überlebt haben 😁 ging's am nächsten Tag mit dem Flugzeug ✈️ noch Oman 🇴🇲 weiter. Dort als erstes in die Parfümfabrik Amouarge. (War mehr was für die Damen). 😋 Dann ging's weiter in ein 2000 Jahre altes Fort und von dort zum Sultanpalast. Nachdem wir nicht zum Tee ☕️ eingeladen wurden 😡haben wir unseren Begrûßungsdrink in einem nahen Café eingenommenRead more

  • Heute haben schon Jeep's auf uns gewartet um mit uns in eine Steinwüste zu fahren. Aber erst schauten wir in der Sultan Qabas Moschee vorbei, wo sich der jetzige Sultan ein sauberes Denkmal erbaut hat
    Dann war noch der Mutrah Souk auf der Liste. In Basar mit allen möglichen Gerüchen und Gewürzen, auch sonst gab's noch viel Krimskrams 😜
    Dann war aber die Steinwüste dran mit einem Besuch beim Wadi Al Arbeieen. Nach einem Abstecher beim Bihmuh Sinkhole waren wir noch am Persischen Golf zum schwimmen 🏊. Und morgen geht's weiter Richtung Dubai 🚐Read more

  • Um 6:30 Uhr in der Früh begann das Einlaufen in den (winzigen) Hafen von Muscat im Oman. Wir haben somit die Emirate verlassen und sind im Sultanat Oman angekommen. Um nicht mit den Touristenmassen mit Schwimmen zu müssen, haben wir uns für eine Bikingtour durch Muscat entschieden. Also ab aufs Rad und nach einer kurzen Einreisekontrolle ging es in die City. Der Geschichte nach soll ja Sindbad der Seefahrer von hier aus seine Abenteuerreisen angetreten haben. Die Route führte uns vorbei am Palast des Sultans (weder Sultan noch Sultaninen haben wir gesehen), am Nationalmuseum, an der Uferpromenade zum Souk Muscat. Hier tauchten wir in die weihrauchbedeckten schmalen Gänge und Winkel der "Shoppingmall" ein. Nebenbei... Oman ist der weltweit größte Exporteur von Weihrauch. Es sollen so um die 40 Tonnen pro Jahr sein. Wer weiss, wieviel sowas wiegt, kann erahnen, dass das ein ganz schöner Berg sein muss. 18 Uhr ist Ende im Gelände und die Reise geht wieder in die Emirate weiter nach Abu Dhabi, wo wir morgen gegen 18 Uhr ankommen sollen. Geplant war eigentlich 20 Uhr Ankunft, aber die dortigen Behörden haben die Einreiseformalitäten wieder mal geändert, so dass mit mehr Zeit zu rechnen ist. Der Kapitän legt deshalb ein Schippchen drauf und will sich beeilen.Read more

  • Yesterday after breakfast, Maz and Sue's eldest daughter, Reima picked us up from the port to take us on a tour of Muscat.
    We had to slum it in a brand new 550CL Mercedes-Benz, but such is life LOL.
    We started with a Starbucks on the Corniche, which had a fabulous sea view.
    Then off we went for a tour of the city.
    One of the interesting things was to see the private residences of the royal family and the top government officials, only from the outside of course, lol.
    Then we had a ride to Reimas house where we met her four adorable children, who we'd seen many pictures of on Facebook but never in the flesh.
    Then we called in to see Hussam, Reimas husband, at his car detailing garage, car detailing for the uninitiated is sort of very expensive and expert car valeting.
    It includes special processes on the car body, to bring the paintwork back to, better than showroom quality.
    The average price is about £500, so you can imagine the type of cars his staff get to work on, when we went in there were a couple of Range Rovers, a huge Jeep thing, a couple of BMWs, an Audi, all top of the range, also one beautiful Ferrari, which I sat in for a photo, and then struggled to get out of. So I've decided not to buy one lol.
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