Our day started in the early afternoon as we needed to get a little sleep after our delayed early morning arrival in Muscat.
We were greeted by a friend, a local Omani who was very generous to share his country’s history and culture with us. He showed us around Muscat starting with the Muttrah souk and its many handcrafted ancient artifacts. He explained about the meaning of the many ‘accessories’ Omanis wear as a form of respect. This respect even without seeing people at special occassions shows. It adds to their gentleness, kindness, humbleness and generousity.
After the souk we visited the old city which is also picture perfect, and gives home to Sultan’s Palace. Surrounded by 4 forts that were left there by the Portugese.
Driving through the well structured city we took a quick look at the Al Bustan Palace which is today the Ritz Carlton hotel. It is somewhat similar to the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, however it was built 20 years before the one in Abu Dhabi.
Since every tourist attraction has morning visitations only we headed to a beautiful coastal place for sunset. The previously prepared land by a Dubaian investor looked moonlike indeed, by the water, beautiful rock formations and surrounded by majestic mountains.
Our friend had a great idea frankincense, we were greeted by hostesses in traditional Omanian clothing. Their energy was so beautiful. The evening then flowed into a series of traditional dishes. It’s certainly worth going there to meet them and experience the food. It’s quite possibly the most characteristic and elegant restaurant I have been to.

Ras Al Jinz was next on the tour. We travelled for 3 hours along a coastline we could not see. Once arriving at the Turtle Reserve at 1am to an un-attended reception, (The Omanian’s always go above and beyond to help. The reception team in the morning were very apologetic and kindly gave us some food for the road)the security guard helped us find our room to retire for a few hours ready for the pre dawn turtle experience.of introducing us the food culture. He took us to the new Omani traditional restaurant at the exquisite Opera House, Al Angham. Walking in to the freshness of frankincense, we were greeted by hostesses in traditional Omanian clothing. Their energy was so beautiful. The evening then flowed into a series of traditional dishes. It’s certainly worth going there to meet them and experience the food. It’s quite possibly the most characteristic and elegant restaurant I have been to.

Ras Al Jinz was next on the tour. We travelled for 3 hours along a coastline we could not see. Once arriving at the Turtle Reserve at 1am to an un-attended reception, (The Omanian’s always go above and beyond to help. The reception team in the morning were very apologetic and kindly gave us some food for the road)the security guard helped us find our room to retire for a few hours ready for the pre dawn turtle experience.