Oman - 2010
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Old Muskat
Kiblah
Guide
Prayer hall
Simon
Al Said Yacht
Bimah sink-hole


We started our trip to Oman in the capital, Muskat.

This is the old part of the city.
Old Muskat

Kiblah
Kiblah -

A sticker on the ceiling of our hotel room conveniently points the way to Mecca.

It's a very spread out city, low-rise (by law) - in contrast to other cities in the region, and to be honest not very interesting.


But it does have an impressive mosque - the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Guide
Our guide shows us around.


The mosque was finished in 2001

The main (men's) prayer hall.


The "prayer mat" is the second largest hand-woven carpet in the world (after the carpet in the Abu Dhabi mosque) - it weighs 21 tonnes.


And the chandelier is claimed to be the largest in the world. But the Abu Dhabi mosque claims that too - in fact, so do various places, including the Trafford Centre in Manchester, UK.
But this one's not bad. And it's made from Swarovski crystals.
Prayer hall

Simon
It's a nice building - tastefully designed.

..peaceful, and impressive without being excessive (except for the chandelier of course).

The Sultan's yacht - Al Said.


We looked on as the boat came in to dock - but we couldn't see the Sultan.


It's the third biggest super-yacht in the world - the Sultan is beaten only Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai.
Al Said Yacht

Bimah sink-hole
We left Muskat and headed off into the desert,
stopping along the way at the Bimah sink-hole - a natural fresh-water pool.



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