Magical Muscat

 

Grand Mosque in Muscat - photo by Rob McFarland

Grand Mosque in Muscat - photo by Rob McFarland

Escape travel section, Australia – June 25, 2011

When you walk through the streets of Oman’s vibrant capital, Muscat, it’s hard to believe that the country’s Ministry of Tourism was only established in 2004.

Even more difficult to comprehend is that 34 years before that, the nation had only three schools, two hospitals and 10km of paved road.

Oman’s transformation from one of the poorest nations in the Middle East to one of the most accessible is nothing short of astounding. The man behind this impressive feat is ruler Sultan Qaboos and you’ll see his revered image in practically every shop and restaurant in the city.

Today, Muscat is a lively city with a wealth of cultural attractions including old forts, palaces and traditional souks alongside some stunning newer developments such as the Grand Mosque. English is spoken widely, you can get a decent meal for about $10 and a can of Coke for 50c.

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