Muscat

 
Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Dec 25, 2006

A most impressive building inaugurated by the Sultan in 2001. The largest mosque in Oman; it can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. The main musalla holds over 6,500 worshippers, the ladies' musalla 750, the outer paved ground 8,000 & more space in the courtyards and passageways.
http://www.soukofoman.com/sulqabgranmo.html [scroll to bottom for photos]
http://www.omanet.om/english/Relegious/grandmosq.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Qaboos_Grand_Mosque
Overhead Shot
http://www.tropicalisland.de/oman/muscat/pages/MCT%20Muscat%20-%20Sultan%20Qaboos%20Grand%20Mosque%20near%20Al-Athaiba%20from%20aircraft%203008x2000.html

Watch short movie clip of Mina Al Sultan Qaboos, the Grand Mosque & Qurum Beach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmng_RF1nr4

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Muscat - Ruwi Clock Tower
Dec 25, 2006

The taxi drivers were so keen to 'show off' their homeland that nothing was too much. On the dash board was a box of tissues, each side with a picture [see first image]. I enquired whether the tower facing me was in Muscat or 'just a picture'.... Oh yes, the Clock Tower.. so off we went for a detour into Ruwi on our way to Al Jissah.
In how many countries do you find such boxes of tissues?

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Muscat - Qurum [Qur'm] Beach
Dec 25, 2006

Starting below the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Al Qurum Heights it stretches for miles. There are picnic areas and palms for shades, with water sport rentals at the city end with hotels; Shati'a Al-Qurum.
Watch short movie clip of Mina Al Sultan Qaboos, the Grand Mosque & Qurum Beach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmng_RF1nr4

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Muscat - Natural History Museum

For an entrance fee of < 8p one can visit the Natural History Museum of Muscat. It is small, but well laid out and packed with information. It gives an interesting tour of Oman's flora and fauna with showcases displaying the country's indigenous species: mammals, insects & birds.
In an adjoining whale room one finds a huge skeleton of a sperm whale which was washed up on one of Oman's beaches around 27 years ago along with other whale skeletons. Next door are the botanical gardens which we did not visit.

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Muscat - Qurum [Qur'm] Beach to Ruwi
Dec 25, 2006

Views along the road from Qurum Beach to Ruwi including a few photos of Ruwi

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Muscat - En Route to Al Jissah
Dec 25, 2006

..from Ruwi. Al Jissah [Jussah] is the home of the Oman Dive Centre & Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort, a beautiful place.
http://www.diveoman.com.om/
http://www.shangri-la.com/muscat/barraljissah/en/index.aspx

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Muscat - En Route to Al Bustan & on to the Old City of Muscat
Dec 25, 2006

..from Al Jissah
Amazing terrain, especially approaching Al Bustan where we stopped at a 'Look Out' for the views.
Entrance to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Said's Al Alam Palace, built in 1972 & the Kebir Gate (Bab Kebir) in the old city walls.

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On the Road from Muttrah to Mosque to Qurum Beach
Dec 25, 2006

Photos from the taxi driving from Muttrah, towards Seeb, to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque [see separate album] and then back to Qurum Beach.
Muttrah, Mutrah, Mattrah - there seems to be a variety of spellings!

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Muscat - Views of Muttrah from aboard Costa Classica
Dec 25, 2006
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