How do I describe my recent jaunt to Muscat ? Absolutely hectic ! Nothing was planned until the day I left for the airport. Luckily, the outbound flight was delayed, giving me some time for a quick bit of research on the highlights of the capital of the Sultanate of Oman.
With less than 24 hours of day light available for me to hurtle myself around Muscat, I decided to start by hopping on the Big Bus Company city tour. Having a map of the city in my hand, I also walked to places in between the bus stops to experience what is beyond the regular tourist spots. Thanks to the mild winter breeze last December, it was a great day to explore.
In my eyes, the city of Muscat is filled with a mix of modern, and preserved medieval architecture. Blessed with white sandy beaches of the Arabian Sea along the city’s coastline, I was also mesmerised by the view of the rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains in the backdrop. Whilst there are hardly any visible high rise buildings in the city, unlike the rest of the gulf countries, a scattering of white coloured buildings is seen dominating the landscape.
Too bad I didn’t get the chance to taste some of the local, traditional delicacies. Nevertheless, at the last bus stop, I joined the crowds of friendly locals and expats, enjoying a lovely evening sea breeze on the bustling corniche area in Muttrah. We exchanged smiles, said hello and I had a couple of short conversations before departed. However, as the sun set, I lingered for a while, watching the world go by, before waving goodbye to the harbour.
Indeed, the trip was very short, but it has furthered my travel experiences. I hope, one day I’ll be back, perhaps to explore more of this beautiful country.