Last day in Muscat… we hadn’t visited must places to visit in Muscat, Royal Opera House and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. We would have breakfast but we realised we don’t have enough time, so we skipped it and left hotel.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is only opened between 8 to 11am for non-Muslim. We reached there before 10am. Since this is mosque, women are required to cover head and all body. You may be able to rent abaya and Sheila but I’m sure this is not like Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, so I recommend bring them with you.
The admission was free. We walked around this beautiful mosque and spent an hour.
Next, we headed to Royal Opera House that we were waiting for 1 day to visit. The opera house is also opened for limited hours, 8.30am to 2.30pm. It would be nice if we could see opera in the opera house but we couldn’t find any play in our schedule, so we just joined house tour to see inside. The house tour was with group of people and a guide for 15 minutes that allowed us to visit auditorium.
The interior was very beautiful of Omani and German Architecture. The admission was OMR3.
We were starving by the time and hadn’t tried Omani food here yet, so we went to Omani restaurant, called Al Angham Oman, located next to Opera house. This restaurant was supposed to be opened from 12 noon but the door was still closed. Then, I tried to open it and someone from inside opened the door for us. We couldn’t see the interior from outside but the place looked fancy… We noticed the food a bit pricey when we had look menu and also all cutlery are made of silver..
My friend talked to the waiter and learned that this restaurant is a very special place requested by Sultan Qaboos and the staffs working here like chef, waiter are all Omani. We ordered a starter and two mains.
The food was very good and the way of their services was awesome. In addition, they gave us complementary dessert plate for each, has small portion of many kinds of sweets including halwa and frankincense ice cream.
The total bill was approximately AED450 for two but it deserves to pay. Last supper in this restaurant became a highlight of our Muscat trip.
After lunch, we drove around the city a bit and headed to the airport as we have done all. We returned the car once arrived at the airport. We had time so that we waited around boarding area. There are shops to buy souvenirs but I recommend buying in Mutrah souq since the price is a bit more reasonable and they have many varieties.
We left Muscat at 18.05pm and arrived at Abu Dhabi at 7pm. Our journey was not finished till reaching Dubai…We took a taxi to go back home from the airport and it costed AED 190.
Oman was completely different from other GCC such UAE and Qatar which is very interesting and also easy to travel. Omanis are working for many sectors though this is the way of which country supposed to be, life in Oman could be simple, city has a great combination of ocean and wadi that is not much developed, etc… In terms of travelling, it is nearby and only one hour flight from UAE. There are many nice places to visit in Oman although we didn’t have time to visit outside of Muscat such as Nizwa this time. Hence, most places (or I would say all places I visited) including petrol station accept AED and give changes in OMR…
I wish to come back to Oman to explore more and hopefully travel again with my travel buddy.