Was in Oman a few weekends ago and had an absolute fabulous time. Susan and Dagmo and I worked together in Kuwait and went our separate ways last year so it was lovely to catch up and see each other again! Dagmo’s moved out to Oman and we bunked with her lol so won’t be able to suggest accommodation this time around! She’s based a little out of Muscat itself, but nothing super far out; I was in Oman about 5 years ago and we stayed in Muscat so would suggest that be a starting point!

Created this ‘pocket-guide’ if you will with some of what we managed to get done over the weekend alongside an Oman bucket-list for a future trip so that might help in the event you’re planning to head over!

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I would definitely recommend renting a car or getting a driver whilst your over because it will make your life SO much easier! Last I was over I remember it being near to impossible to hail down a cab; depending on time of day and specific location it was so difficult! We were stranded at the Masjid for ages after prayers because there wasn’t a cab in sight. It didn’t look too promising this time around and from what I’ve heard it hasn’t improved much.. Dagmo having a car was a massive relief!

Sidenote: Omanis are some of the nicest people you’ll ever come across. Not once during our time did we feel unsafe or have creepy men making comments or staring etc. which fyi is kinda sorta common to encounter in most Middle Eastern countries. (I asked if I could take their photo hence them looking lol)

Sharing photos alongside bits&bobs below!

Nizwa Fort/Nizwa Souq

-5 OMR charge ($13USD)

-we drove and it took about 1.5-2 hours to get there. Easy straightforward road similar to the on from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, just a lot more scenic!

-timings vary especially on Friday due to Friday prayers [open on Friday from 8am-1130pm and then from 130pm-6pm]

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

-beautiful masjid and would always recommend Friday prayers at any masjid

-we had a bit of an unfortunate event in terms of who was and wasn’t a ‘tourist’; our friend Susan was kinda sorta kicked out/asked to leave because she wasn’t Muslim and told she should come back during tourist hours. Mind you the space was relatively empty and there was no reason for it..Dagmo and I entered and our Muslamic-ness was questioned quite thoroughly lol whether we were Muslim or not, despite being dressed in full hijab and abaya. Questions were then asked about why we were wearing sunglasses ‘like that’ if we were Muslim coming into a masjid..because it was sunny lol – mind you this isn’t typical

Crowne Plaza

-spent our last afternoon/evening by the pool which was probably the best decision we could’ve made. Gorgeous weather, stunning views, and the most beautiful sunset as the tide went out x would definitely recommend spending a day or afternoon here even more so due to the location of the hotel up on a bit of a cliff (I believe we paid 8 OMR p/p ($20USD) for a towel/access)

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Would love to hear from you or see photos of your trip if you ever venture to any of the above, or if you find new hidden secrets let your girl know! xoxo.

so if you recall back in October I believe I went on a mini rant on how we were meant to go to Oman for the Eid holiday and our plan was scrapped due to the schools paperwork not being done on time etc etc . remember that time?! yes so after postponing the trip at least another 3 times and thinking it was never going to happen, we finally went for a weekend back in February. Not the greatest timing as we had just got back from our Asia trip and my crutching self was definitely not helping the situation but we put our mind to it and went and absolutely loved it! Even though it was only for 2 days, it was a nice getaway and felt completely different to Kuwait. Very mountainous and just so natural and real in terms of the landscape as opposed to seeing tall buildings and flats most of the time! Spent the Friday at Sultan Qaboos for prayers and walking around and taking in how beautiful of a masjid it was. Seriously just made you want to sit and reflect and pray and just hang out and take it all in. Went out to the souk as well which was also a pleasant surprise as it was near a marina you could say but totally reminded me of when we were in Kos and felt so European as opposed to Gulf-ish lol and there were loads of European tourists as well which we haven’t really been used to in Kuwait lol but yes, I assume Oman tends to be a tourist destination then! Dined at a place called The Cove I believe which was cute; I think 8 restaurants built into a man-made mountain/’cove’ which gets really pretty in the evening and gives a beautiful view down below which was nice. We were only in Muscat but would love to check out Salalah and def Muscat again on two legs inshallah! p.s anyone thinking of going or is going, would recommend hiring out a car prior to arriving as they fill up pretty fast and driving would just make your life a whole lot easier, and cheaper and plus the roads are just as good as the ones back home so no real concern!  Me saying that is a big deal because I wouldn’t ever recommend driving in Kuwait for someone just going for holiday or checking it out lol I love Kuwait but nuh uh to driving unless you’re just as mad as the rest of the drivers out there!  Anyways, two thumbs (and a leg) up for Oman! Look forward to going back inshallah x