The Arabian Peninsula -Part 1 Muscat Oman

I was lucky enough to visit the Arabian Peninsula region of the Middle East in April and August of 2006. Unfortunately the April visit coincided with my son's 3rd birthday and I was away for 3 weeks. The August trip went only for two weeks, so wasn't as hard on the heartstrings (but there were many days when I was heartbroken about not seeing my little boy).

The Peninsula region for the purposes of this blog, comprises Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and The United Arab Emirates. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, then you've probably already seen these pics. But for those of you who aren't, well here are a few photos to get your mind imagining 50 degree heat, hummus, kebabs, sand, oil wells, camels and incredibly nice people...

Note: On this trip I didn't have my digital camera, just an old one which used film. Some of my film got ruined going through many, many xray scanning machines at hotels and airports. The quality in some instances is going to be pretty ordinary. This isn't National Geographic, so please don't be disappointed.

Truly one of the world's amazing and unique cities is Muscat, Oman. For both visits I stayed at the SAS Hotel  

 A visit to Muscat is NOT complete without visiting the Grand Mosque. The carpet inside the mosque is the size of a football field!! (Truly). I had a morning off from work and so gathered a group of other 'workers', grabbed a taxi and headed out to it.


At the entrance to the mosque is this most beautiful gate.


Can you make out the Arabic writing?


 This is what you see when you get inside the compound. Magnificent.



 Around the perimeter are marbled 'corridors' featuring historical niches.





This was the view from my hotel room. Almost a lunar landscape.




Down near the markets and the waterfront.




The entrance to the market. (I bought a great pashmina and table runner here).



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