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Old Sep 26, 14, 1:38 am
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To Muscat For A Travel Magazine

A trip to Muscat to do some photography for 'Going Places', the in-flight magazine for Malaysian Airlines.

My previous TR's can be found below:

A Trip to Afghanistan
A Journey Through Kyrgyzstan
A Trip Around The Arabian Gulf
A Trip To Yemen
A Trip To Jordan & Israel
A Southern African Adventure
Road Trip to Saudi Arabia & Qatar
Five Days In Japan
Underground In New Zealand
A Trip To Iran
A Trip Around The Mediterranean
A Long Weekend In Paris
A Trip To Ukraine, Belarus & Russia
A Trip To Kenya & Tanzania
Beautiful Thailand
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A trip to Muscat to do some photography for 'Going Places', the in-flight magazine for Malaysian Airlines.


Day 0.

Watching the 'Freej' (an Emirati cartoon) safety briefing for the Thursday evening flight from Dubai to Muscat. Although Flydubai is a low cost carrier (LCC) they have started to rollout full IFE on their 737's.


At Muscat airport. A mixture of locals and expats making the short ~45 minute flight to Oman.


With my 5 Omani riyal visa, and about to pickup my rental car for the weekend in Muscat.


After driving the 30k's to the eastern end of Muscat, I checked into the Mutrah hotel, 'the first and the oldest hotel in Sultanate of Oman'. Very reasonable for $55 a night.



Day 1.

At the Muscat Gate museum. My first photoshoot wasn't until the afternoon, so had some time to spend in the morning seeing a few of the sights. The city referred to as "Muscat" is actually three smaller towns of Muscat, Mutrah & Ruwi, which have grown together over time.


Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace. This is the office of Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman.


At Kargeen Cafe with Chef Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Yousuf and two of the waiters. The magazine article was focused on the local tastes and delicacies of Muscat.


The Chef's famous lamb, wrapped in banana leaves, baked in an underground oven for 48 hours, and served with steamed basmati rice and dates, chutney and olive oil.


Kargeen cafe's lemon-mint drink, which is very popular here in the middle-east.


After saying goodbye to the Kargeen Cafe team, I drove out east for 20 minutes outside of Muscat to the Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. The very cool foyer.


Going up. The Shangri-La consists of three different luxury hotel resorts.


Although there are several restaurants on-site, I was here to cover Bait Al Bahr, their restaurant specialising in seafood. It had a great location right on the beach.


Omani Chef, Mahmood Said Humaid Al Shibli with the catch of the day.


My room for the night at the Shangri-La.


With welcome roses, baklava and fruit.


The beautiful sun setting over the Shangri-La resort on Friday evening.



Day 2.

First stop on day 2 was to visit Salma's Chocolates. Aisha and Salma use high quality Belgian chocolate and mix it with local ingredients such as saffron, honey, thyme and pomegranates.


They were very friendly and hospitable and I got to try quite a few of their tasty treats.


I had some time before my next and final photoshoot, so visited the very impressive Royal Opera House Muscat.


A strawberry smoothie in the afternoon at 'Love At First Bite' restaurant.


Love at First Bite's tenderloin steak grilled with pepper and mushroom herb sauce. The restaurant was opened two years ago by local entrepeneur, Khalid Al Suwaid when he was only 22.


Crispy prawns marinated in garlic pepper sauce.


Khalid with some of his team.


My flight back to Dubai wasn't until the evening, so drove out to the Mutrah Corniche for a walk about.


At the Mutrah souq.


Back at Muscat airport for the flight back to Dubai.



And the finished article in the October issue of 'Going Places' magazine:








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Some lovely photography here and an interesting article. Thanks for the post. Have always wanted to visit Oman!
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Some lovely photography here and an interesting article. Thanks for the post. Have always wanted to visit Oman!
Thanks, lukecdw. Yes, a very friendly, easy going country. Although there are similarities, it is quite different from the other gulf countries.
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Spectacular photos. I am in awe. Daniel, you are truly an artist. Bravo!
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Lovely pics Daniel, and great to see them in print. Interesting TR too
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Old Sep 26, 14, 7:18 am
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Spectacular photos. I am in awe. Daniel, you are truly an artist. Bravo!
Many thanks, SFO777. A bit tougher taking photo's for someone else, but just as fun.

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Lovely pics Daniel, and great to see them in print. Interesting TR too
Cheers, exilencfc. I took quite a few photo's so always interesting to see which ones they pick for the article.

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Very nice photography. I've visited Oman twice and on both trips stayed at the very same Mutrah Hotel. I like the property; it's a real value for the price. Excellent schwarma right across the street from the hotel and there's a small grocery store about two blocks away where one can buy water, juices and sodas for the in-room refrigerator.

Some more photos from the hotel and neighborhood around it:








If you're interested, more captioned photos from Dubai & Oman: http://elcochinito.smugmug.com/Trave...an-April-2014/
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Yes, I enjoyed your Oman/Dubai TR, El Cochinito.

The Mutrah Hotel was in a cool location, went for a run on Friday morning and was great exploring all the streets and alleys of Mutrah all the way down to the Corniche.
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Fantastic. Makes me want to go.
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Stellar pictures and insight as always Daniel. Thanks for your report.

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Amazing pictures as always DanielW. I'm addicted to your trip reports!
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Outstanding trip report. Too bad you couldn't have swung a photo job at the GHM hotel there. It looks amazing.

I've seen another really good TR of Oman. Gotta put it on the list...
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Brilliant photos! Really enjoyable trip report so far.
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