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Muḩāfaz̧at Masqaţ

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  • Day167

    Gulf of Oman is calling

    February 12 in Oman

    After adventure cycling the high altitudes of the Al Hajar Mountains our plan was to head back to the sea. Doing so we decided to avoid big highways, took mainly side roads and eventually felt like test drivers of the 'Tour of Oman' circuit that would take place a few days later.

    We enjoyed cycling through lower foothills and passed by several wadis and green oasis villages where we usually stopped by to escape from the hottest time of the day and have lunch.

    It happened that we met Lena & Silvio again, cyclists from Germany we met in Northern Iran for the first time. This time the two of them had Felix over, a friend and bicycle enthusiast from home. We ended up in the same spot for the night, played skat under a big acacia till night and got back on the road as a team of five the next morning.

    We reached the sea in Sib, where we pitched our tent at the beach and enjoyed the regained, pleasant sea breeze.
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  • Day170

    The three cities

    February 15 in Oman

    Separated by sharp mountain ridges,
    Muscat comprises a long string of suburbs spanning a distance of 50km. More or less the city is divided into the three districts Mutrah, Ruwi and Old Muscat.

    We found Mutrah to be the best place to be as the district stretches along a nice corniche. Especially at sunset when the evening light creates a special atmosphere we loved to stroll along the waterfront - or just sit outside in a restaurant and watch the people.

    As these days, the Sultanate of Oman is a kind of dead end by land, it was time to do some planning. We knew that we wanted to spend more time in Oman and turned options over in our minds, especially Nepal, India and Sri Lanka with their different climates. Eventually, we chose Nepal to tackle the Himalaya! Thus, we booked flights from Salalah to Kathmandu which means: 1500km more to cycle in Oman, yeah!

    Quick note: The super yacht 'Al Said' berthed in the Port of Muscat in Mutrah is one of the largest in the world and belongs to the Sultan of Oman, Qabus Ibn'Said. It was proudly built by Lürssen near our hometown.
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  • Day12

    Muscat, Oman

    January 4, 2017 in Oman

    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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  • Day93

    Muscat - Jeeptour zur Oase

    April 8, 2017 in Oman

    Heute morgen sind wir im Oman angekommen.

    Mittels Jeep ging es zuerst über die Autobahn in Richtung Landesinnere. Nach ca 1h sind wir dann auf den Pannenstreifen gefahren, rechts neben die Leitplanke und rein ins Gelände. 😂
    Und nein es gab hier keine Abfahrt. Das war irgendwie eigenartig. 😅

    Nachdem wir die wunderschöne Landschaft betrachten konnten und kräftig durchgeschüttelt waren haben wir ein Dorf mitten im Nirgendwo besucht. Sehr einfache Verhältnisse, aber man hatte nicht das Gefühl dass die Menschen hier Arm wären. 😊

    Danach ging es weiter zu einem kleinen Fluss, wo wir unser Mittagessen bekommen haben, und etwas Schwimmen konnten. Das kam uns gerade recht, immerhin hatte es draußen 38 Grad, im Schatten versteht sich. 😊
    Das Mittagessen haben wir übrigens zusammen mit einer Horde Ziegen gegessen, die zwischendurch immer ganz unauffällig die Lunchboxen durchstöbert haben. 😂

    Die Einheimischen waren ganz verblüfft, immerhin sind diese Frühlingstemperaturen für sie sehr angenehm. Unser Fahrer hat uns dann erzählt, dass man im Hochommer mit ca 50° Celsius rechnen muss! 🤤 Das wäre dann sogar für die Einheimischen unerträglich. 😂
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  • Day93

    Muscat - Damm

    April 8, 2017 in Oman

    Nach der Abkühlung ging es weiter zu einem Stausee, wo wir im Schatten der Palmen eine dreiviertel Stunde die Landschaft genießen konnten. 😊

    Die 1 1/2 Stündige Fahrt zurück zum Schiff verging nahezu wie im Flug. Nächster Halt, Salalah! 😊

  • Day2

    Flug FRA - MCT

    February 7, 2017 in Oman

    Wir sitzen im Flieger! Juhu! Julien freut sich sehr über die tollen Bildschirme an jedem Sitz und noch mehr über die große Filmauswahl. Doch das Glück ist nur von kurzer Dauer, denn beim Zurücklehnen merkt er, dass sein Sitz nicht in aufrechter Position bleiben kann. Wir müssen wechseln - an sich ja kein Problem - aber oh Schreck, hier funktioniert Juliens Touch-Panel nicht. Er sieht aus als ob er gleich anfängt zu weinen. 🙈
    Zum Glück gibt es auch eine Fernbedienung zum Steuern, der Flug ist gerettet! Im Endeffekt schauen wir aber gar nicht viel an, weil wir einfach zu müde sind. Während ich "nur" eine 40 minütige Doku über das Taj Mahal schaffe, schaut Julien sogar einen ganzen Film. Dann schlafen wir beide mehr oder weniger. Als wir aufwachen, sieht man die Sonne aufgehen, wir sind schon über Oman und setzen zur Landung an 🛬🇴🇲
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  • Day14

    Große Moschee - Muscat

    December 18, 2017 in Oman

    Zu Beginn unserer Stadtrundfahrt haben wir die große Moschee besichtigt. Die Moschee hat eine Kapazität von 20.000 Menschen. In den Gebetsraum der Frauen passen übrigens nur 750. Der dezente Größenunterschied der Gebetsräume wurde uns damit erklärt, dass Männer zum Beten in die Moschee müssen, Frauen jedoch nicht, immerhin haben diese zu viel mit Putzen, Kochen und Kindererziehung zu tun. Sie dürfen daher zu Hause beten. Nett, oder?Read more

  • Day14

    Palast des Sultans - Muscat

    December 18, 2017 in Oman

    Als letzter Stop auf unserer Stadtrundfahrt haben wir uns den Palast vom Sultan angesehen. Danach ging es wieder auf das Schiff. Morgen gibt es dann einen weiteren Seetag bevor wir am 20. Dezember in Doha anlegen.

    Unnützes Wissen zum Oman: Der Oman ist nach Singapur das sauberste Land der Welt. Wer hier mit einem schmutzigen Auto durch die Gegend fährt kann einen Strafzettel bekommen. Das mit Abstand dreckigste Auto was wir gesehen haben war ein Polizeiauto...Read more

  • Day117

    Muscat, Oman

    April 10 in Oman

    We have left hot, humid, loud and chaotic India and have arrived in hot, arid, pristine and peaceful Oman. The only thing India and Oman have in common is heat but Oman’s dry desert heat is much more comfortable.

    The Sail-in to Muscat really was amazing. It was like sailing into a dream or a movie set. Vaguely, out of the fog materialized faint forms of castles and palaces. All were white. All were modern, yet oriental with their endless expanses of narrow, pointed arches. In flat, white bands they lay peacefully along the harbor’s edge. As we sailed in closer, their shapes became clearer, and the tan castles became visible on the craggy mountains surrounding the bay. Then we saw the filigreed monument a hundred feet tall, standing on top of another pinnacle, making the monument appear even taller. It is also white, and as you close in on it you see that it is unlike any monument you’ve ever seen before. It is not a monument to war, generals, or vainglorious politics. It is a monument to frankincense, one of life’s simple pleasures. Sailing into Muscat really is like sailing into a dream. This is arguably the most beautiful city in the world.

    Oman is an absolute monarchy. The Sultan (King) is the Head of State, Head of Government, Secretary of Defense, Treasury, Interior, Health, Education and Commerce. He overthrew his very backward father in a bloodless, palace coup in 1970, capitalized on the nation’s oil reserves, and never looked back. Omanis are among the world’s wealthiest populations.

    We have entered a world of white and beige, clean buildings with no litter, or hawkers or beggars. All buildings are a shade of white to light tan because the Sultan decreed that it should be so. The result is a beautiful, pleasing sense of harmony among all of the buildings in Muscat. Besides, the Sultan felt that multicolored buildings would distract drivers. There are no slums or poverty and everyone is employed. There is very little crime because no one needs to steal. The Sultan is the supreme ruler. Period. And his subjects think he is doing a grand job. I wouldn’t argue with them.

    We first visited the Sultan Qaboos al Said Grand Mosque, which he built in 1998. Even in the hot desert climate the marble of the mosque is cool to the touch. The Islam here is unusual. Most of the Islamic world is divided between Sunni and Shi’a. Yet Oman follows a third way called Ibadi, that actually predates the Sunni-Shia division. In fact Omanis will let you know quickly that their version of the religion is the oldest, purest form of Islam on the planet. It is moderate, accepting of other religions, and does not dare to question the sincerely held religious opinions of others, whether they are Muslims or not. They honor the faith of Christians, Jews, Hindus, and other Muslims.

    After visiting the lovely mosque the Sultan has provided for the Omanis, we headed to the souk, a market filled with vendors selling silver, gold, spices, clothing, brass, jewelry and food. You can go into sensory overload in a souk. Finally we headed to the royal museum and palace before heading back to the ship. The museum has an excellent exhibition not only of Omani customs, furnishings, weapons and jewelry, but also of this nation’s ancient seafaring traditions. We don’t often think of the people on the Arabian peninsula as sailors, but Omanis have lived on the sea as traders since prehistoric times. I kept thinking of Sindbad the Sailor from A Thousand and One Nights. The Romans called this place Arabia Felix, “Blessed Arabia,” and distinguished this place from the rest of Arabia. The main distinction as far as the Romans were concerned was the fact that this is the only place in the world that produces frankincense. Romans used it in everything from perfume to incense, and it was so expensive that ordinarily only kings could purchase it.

    Arabia Felix, indeed! Happy Arabia. All is well in Oman, for now at least. However there may be a snake hiding in this Eden. The Sultan is 77 years old. The citizens here do not know whether he is married or not because the Sultan’s private life is, well, private. Very private. He has no children, and the tradition here is that the Sultan must be succeeded by a son. If the wives (plural) of other Islamic monarchs do not produce a male heir, then those Sultans usually have a harem of mistresses and concubines who will. Yet, Sultan Qaboos has no children. Another serpent in the Garden is that oil reserves under Oman are expected to be depleted in about 20 years. This is one of the reasons that the Sultan is seeking to boost tourism as quickly as he can. Indeed, we were made to feel like royalty here. So come if you can, but don’t wait too long. In another couple of decades things could get rather stormy here in “Happy Arabia.”
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Muḩāfaz̧at Masqaţ, Muhafazat Masqat, محافظة مسقط

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