The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is Oman's main mosque. Construction on the mosque began in 1995 and ended in 2001. The massive structure, constructed of Indian sandstone, holds 20,000 worshipers total, but only 6,500 in the main prayer hall. The mosque features a 90 meter tall main minaret flanked by four 45.5 meter minarets. The prayer carpet in...more
If you have a chance to visit this prestigious hôtel , you will not regret it. Outstanding...more
This is one of the best wadis in Muscat and is a great day-outing from the city.A trip to Muscat should always include Wadi al Shab. It is at a distance of about 150 kms from Muscat and can be reached at about an hour and a half;s drive.The route is towards Tiwi enroute to Sur from Muscat in the Sharqiyah Region.more
Dosteen's is an old favorite watering-hole for people, whether locals, Pakistanis, other Arabs, or western expats, who live in and around Seeb and Al-Khod. It's convenient to get to, being no more than a kilometer away from the Seeb Roundabout on the service road that runs parallel to the Sultan Qaboos Highway. For westerners, it's a treat because the clientele is so mixed that you get a real sense of just how amazingly cosmopolitan the town is. You're apt see Omanis in traditional dress, the odd Gulf Arab in dishdasha, ghutra, and ighal, Sudanese men with 3 meter long turban, Sikhs in colorful turbans, and Indian or Pakistani women wearing saris or kameez/shalwar.
Favorite Dish: Rather than having the usual Chicken Tikka, chicken or lamb biryani, rice pulao, I generally opt for something like chicken kedai, which is made of pieces of chicken braised in a spicy sauce consisting of ghee (clarified butter), corriander leaves, tumeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, and fennugreek -- plus a few others, I think... This is served in a kedai, which looks like a mini-wok, some 9 inches in diameter. It comes sizzling from the stove sitting on a hot pad woven of date palm fronds. It's all very exotic, very tasty, and very cheap...
When I noted down "less than $10" below, I had to chuckle. The Chicken Kedai is only 800 baizas, which is a bit under $2.00. The other evening we went out with some friends -- 8 people in all -- and the total bill came to a shade over US$21!
finally found an old photo of M-A-M. this is/was the British Sgts' Mess, and my room was on the first floor of the building on the left. The camp was undergoing massive rebuilding when I left, as the Headquarters of the Sultan's Armed Forces, who were moving here from Bait Al-Falaj fort, near Muscat.
Fondest memory: Take note of the road surface here!