Oman with Shangri-La
And suddenly we were standing there. In Suhar. On an empty airfield. Just us, a single plane and a very special light that will make us dream about for weeks. With a some of cheerful, dressed in white men we walked quite relaxed to the small house which represented the airport building of Sohar. It felt so nice – far away from the usual airport hectic.
But let’s start from the beginning.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. It is divided into a prayer room for men which is very opulently equipped with the second largest prayer carpet and the second largest chandelier in the world, and one for women being almost not opulent at all. Visitors can visit the mosque for free from 8-11am. Women have to cover their hair, men have to wear long pants and shirts with (short) sleeves.
Royal Opera House Muscat
The Royal Opera House Muscat is one of the few opera houses in the Arab world. It’s style is inspired by the classical Omani buildings but inside it reminded us of a Venetian Palazzo. It is unbelievably impressive in its overall appearance and you can tell right away that the sultan payed almost $ 3 billion for his opera house.
The Souq (also written like this: Suq, Souk or Sook. It’s the Arabic name for the bazar) is located in one of the oldest parts of Muscat, in Matrah. It once was the largest port in the region (today cruise ships dock there). That’s the reason why the first commercial center has been established here. The souq still bears witness to that because here you can find everything – food and craft items, handicrafts and incense, souvenir shops and food stalls. In the beginning it is quite touristy but the further you go inside the more original it becomes.