I’m heading off to Muscat, Oman with my Samsonite luggage in tow and will be off the blogosphere for the next few days. For now, I leave you with some photos that I took on my last trip to Muscat in January 2008.
Oman Tourism information counter at the airport, decorated with a giant khanjar, the traditional curved Omani dagger.
Mutrah market and its environs. Mutrah market is the place to go to if you wish to experience a market with an old-world feel. Lots of burners, incense, traditional Omani garb, souvenirs, and spices (including saffron) are available there. Make sure you haggle before buying!
Inside Mutrah market. That’s a traditional Omani dress (in blue) that you see on the right hand side. The dress is worn with matching baggy trousers.
Stained glass skylight in Mutrah market. I was tempted to get down really low so that I could capture the entire thing, but I was already getting too many curious stares already so I decided to make do with this shot.
Rows of kumma for sale. Kumma is the traditional Omani skull cap. The good ones are expensive because they’re stitched by hand.
An Omani family walking past a Caucasian couple. Photo taken in front of Mutrah market. Seagulls abound all around.
A tourist boat in the shape of a traditional Omani fishing boat.
A stone fort in the craggy mountains along the Omani coastline.
Containers held aloft at Port Sultan Qaboos at sunset.
A portion of Muscat, flanked by its barren hills.
I hope to be back next week with tonnes and tonnes and tonnes of pics! :)