Recently the Muscat Municipality opened the doors to the long awaited Muttrah Fish Souq, so I’m down here poking around and finding out what’s changed under the roof of this modern building. Has tradition and charm left when we tore down the old? Let’s find out!
I just crossed my six year anniversary living in Oman, and I continually waffle back and forth if it’s time to move on to something new or not. So, I created a list to help anyone to decide if it has been too long in Oman.
There are a ton of caves in Oman of all sizes. Majlis al Jinn is the largest and most unique, but thousands of other caves dot the countryside and make for some interesting surprises if you happen to have a look. This month I share with you a taste from both sides of the cave spectrum.
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic Calendar and is celebrated by Muslims as time when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. During this period, Muslims abstain from all food, drink, and pleasures between the hours of sunrise to sunset.
After five years living and working in the Sultanate, there is one thing that still catches me out: Omani business hours. Just the other day I set out to purchase one liter of spare oil for my magic carpeted ride. Sounds simple, right? Not so, because this American forgot that 2pm is sleepy time in Muscat. When will I learn?
What to wear as a visitor to Oman?
This is probably the number one question I am asked about Oman. Well actually, the question is probably more like, “are women all fully covered in Oman?” I love this question because it lets me speak about the great things that go on here, and how Oman doesn’t fit the western stereotype of the Middle East. It also opens door for me to relate Oman back to the curious traveler who asked the question with advice on what to wear as a visitor to Oman.