Muscat Tour with An (Asian!) Expat Friend

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38 Responses

  1. Leen says:

    wow, that amazing place to visit Oman, I like Omani food.

  2. Dishani says:

    Thanks for sharing such a great article.

  3. it seems you had a great fun there

    • Teja says:

      Haha, yes I suppose so! First exploration of a completely new culture with different rules is always interesting!

  4. Really enjoyed reading your Oman post. I have only recently returned from a trip there and I almost blurt out loud “yeeah” when you mentioned the shop names lol at most “xyz for sale of meat” I had found it quite funny too

  5. Salman says:

    Oh wow. I’ve always wanted to go to Salalah. Ancient wonders of Arabia Felix! (that, and Socotra too)

    • Teja says:

      Me too! But, the war, unfortunately. What an amazing area to visit, if it were more visitor-friendly and in an abiding peace.

      (Muscat is not in the Salalah region though. Salalah is actually quite far south, and apparently much greener!)

  6. Amy says:

    Oman looks amazing, and warm! Great post :)

  7. Mohammed Alkaf says:

    Wow, very nice post! I am from Yemen and I’ve never got to visit Oman although it’s right next to Yemen!

    • Teja says:

      Funny how often that happens! Brunei technically has a border with Malaysia – and yet after all this time I still haven’t gone to visit!

  8. Bhavi Patel says:

    Muscat is really beautiful as is your post

  9. Lucy says:

    I went to Salalah in Oman and enjoyed visiting. Muscat looks interesting and lots to see and do and it was interesting reading your perspective. I love the dates there, so yummy!

  10. Claire says:

    Oman looks amazing! And Muscat looks like it is out of a movie! I have been to the Middle East several times but I have never seen a place like this!

  11. Ethel says:

    Huuh – Arabs have taste! Weather it comes to dresses or just fabric or making perfumes – the have an awesome taste and elegance! Great piece of reading!

  12. Citlali Flores says:

    I was in Oman like 4 years ago, when I went to Jordan, but actually I didnt spend too much time there, thanks this article I realized I should explore more this great city!

  13. anshul says:

    Whatever you wrote about Oman made me feel someone re-wrote an introduction to Arabian Night. Amazing post.

    • Teja says:

      Thanks! It did feel a bit like that, when I finally had someone local-ish to take me around. I even kinda like it that Oman is slightly hard to really seep into, a little elusive, and slightly shifting, you know? Because in my mind, the desert people and all that is supposed to be! It’s part of the character. If you make it standardised, the charm is gone. :(

  14. Great tips, I’ve wanted to visit Oman for quite sometime and hope I can make it happen in the year to come :)

  15. Cherene Saradar says:

    Oman looks incredible. I love the architecture and the food sounds really good. You had me at dates! You are too cute also. “you clean up well”. LOL

    • Teja says:

      LOL! I’ve never gone on a business trip somewhere before, and thought, hmm… luckily I packed a Malaysian dress for when I go see the regulator. My normal office clothes felt a tad too casual there! Not that it truly matters, but I felt it!

  16. Eric Gamble says:

    Love how you describe the people of Muscat and their openess to Westerners while still maintaining their own strength & dignity!
    Oman is curiously moving up my travel bucket list & I think Darcee would love to explore the Mutrah Souk and other open market places, while I would love to explore the old Muscat & the Grand Mosque. I find learning about other religions adds to my own growth!
    The Street food also looks very intriguing!

    • Teja says:

      Yes, it does, doesn’t it? It’s worth the initial discomfort, for the ability to meet people at their level, wherever it is. I’ve even grown to almost seek that discomfort now, because I think subliminally I now associate it with future growth.

  17. Alyssa says:

    I’d spend days in those souks just because they get so overwhelming! Everything starts looking the same and I either buy wayyyy to much or nothing!! Your trip looked amazing!

  18. This is like an ultimate guide to this country with dramatic sceneries , culture and architecture. I had never heard much about Muscat. But your post really enlightened me to this jewel. Keep writing.

    • Teja says:

      It’s modern, but still has its old Arabian charm. It’s the kind of charm that requires you to adapt to it, though. It’s not like ‘please come visit us!’ Asia. You have to figure out how to say, ‘Open sesame’. ;)

  19. Best Place for Travel says:

    Nice article. Happy to see those pictures and beautiful place through your blog :) Keep up the good work. Love from Nepal.

    • Teja says:

      Oh, do bookmark the blog! In a few weeks I’ll begin to write about my experience trekking Annpurna in the monsoon – would love to hear what you think!

  20. Susanna says:

    This sounds like a wonderful place to go for a work trip if you ask me! Everything from the friendly people there to the food and markets! I know what you mean about the expat with large companies. We (my husband and I) are high performing expats in Munich and people definitely tend to lean in one direction. Though we have some awesome friends who love to go to the “different” places and frequently choose Kyrgyzstan and such. I’m glad you went with an open mind and enjoyed your time there. I would love to go!

    • Teja says:

      Oh, I have to add a caveat about friendliness. Oman isn’t going to feel at first blush, as very friendly, if you’re expecting ‘Asian friendly’. There isn’t much in the way of ‘tourism’ as compared to Asia. The way of life there is still quite true to their original nature. They seem to be an independent people, and don’t feel the need to go out of their way for foreigners. Not in a hostile way, but similar to maybe if I were to visit one of the countries in Europe less visited by non-Europeans. But if for whatever reason they are engaging with you, then they are accommodating and affable.

      I think it’s perfectly fine for expats to prefer some countries over others. It was more the ‘exemption’ for Oman vs say, its neighbours or similar countries that I found intriguing. I liked my visit to Oman because it showed me that people actually don’t really mind the way you want to order your country, if you’re not super uptight about it.

  21. Linda says:

    Ah I’d love to visit Oman! The dessert looks fabulous and I’d love to stroll around those markets!

  22. Lydia Smith says:

    I can’t deal how you preserved yourself from spending in those souks, I can’t. There are lot of things to do in Muscat that I regret not being there before. Good to read the Omanis’ dressed elegantly, looks like order is the key over there. And you described the Omani’s cuisine so deliciously. Your pictures of Muscat are beautiful.

    • Teja says:

      Hahahahaha I admit to a tiresome natural self-control. But I’ll also admit it frayed considerably in that souk. Notice how under almost every category, I did buy *something*. This is me ‘caving in’, if you know me well!

      It’s not so much order, in the sense of say, Germany. It’s more like um… civility. I guess the European equivalent would be Victorian England – think Downton Abbey manners.