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Return to Fantastic Oman

I have decided to do sub-galleries of all the places we visited on this tour of the Gulf and will be copying in some of the pictures previously posted in the overview gallery.

Oman has to be my favorite of the Gulf States, and after two visits, I could go back yet again (and will). The country is ruggedly beautiful, the people are incredibly friendly, and itís also a true success story of a nation that went from total isolation from the rest of the world to an integrated economy, a state pleased with the reforms of its sultan and one that is making its way quite handily in the world. For anybody seeking a taste of the Middle East in a hospitable environment that has also become the destination of European travelers, I would highly recommend Oman.

As we spent a week in Muscat last year, we didnít feel it necessary to see all the same things, plus we were only in Muscat for two days and a night this time, sadly. For a more comprehensive view of the city, see https://pbase.com/helenpb/oman and for the simply superb grand mosque, https://pbase.com/helenpb/oman_grand_mosque
Muscat, The Sohar
Muscat, The Sohar
Muscat, coffee pots on display
Muscat, coffee pots on display
Al Seeb fisherman
Al Seeb fisherman
Modern-day Omani seafarers
Modern-day Omani seafarers
Al Seeb, grand entry
Al Seeb, grand entry
Delightful Omanis
Delightful Omanis
Relaxation
Relaxation
Al Bustan Palace
Al Bustan Palace
Trip to Sharqiya, not
Trip to Sharqiya, not
Coastal town
Coastal town
PDO Oil & Gas Exhibition Centre
PDO Oil & Gas Exhibition Centre
PDO EcOman Power Tower
PDO EcOman Power Tower
'Sale of house hold and cosmetics'
'Sale of house hold and cosmetics'
Unwelcome customer
Unwelcome customer
Mountainous Oman
Mountainous Oman
Mountain bus stop
Mountain bus stop
Nizwa, 'souk'
Nizwa, 'souk'
The 'souk,' again
The 'souk,' again
Colorful gate
Colorful gate
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort, burqa' display
Nizwa Fort, burqa' display
Nizwa Fort, governor's reception room
Nizwa Fort, governor's reception room
Place to relax
Place to relax
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa, Grand Mosque
Nizwa, Grand Mosque
The elusive craftsman
The elusive craftsman
Nizwa, traditional architecture
Nizwa, traditional architecture
The 'real' souk
The 'real' souk
New gate
New gate
Imposing
Imposing
Different kind of mountains
Different kind of mountains
Salalah, southern Oman
Salalah, southern Oman
Fill it up!
Fill it up!
Tomb of the Prophet Job
Tomb of the Prophet Job
Mosque, tomb of the Prophet Job
Mosque, tomb of the Prophet Job
No explanation needed!
No explanation needed!
Dining on frankincense leaves
Dining on frankincense leaves
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Salalah, royal palace
Subtropical Salalah
Subtropical Salalah
Open-air market
Open-air market
The Museum of the Frankincense Land
The Museum of the Frankincense Land
Omani crafts
Omani crafts
Frankincense tree
Frankincense tree
Estuary view
Estuary view
Gotcha!
Gotcha!
Opposing herons
Opposing herons
Buddies
Buddies
Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Salalah
Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Salalah
The clock tower
The clock tower
Lit up LuLu
Lit up LuLu
Resort camels
Resort camels
Looking for attention
Looking for attention
Beach at Taqah
Beach at Taqah
Taqah, mosque
Taqah, mosque
Taqah Castle
Taqah Castle
Taqah Castle
Taqah Castle
Taqah Castle, interior
Taqah Castle, interior
Taqah Fort
Taqah Fort
Taqah, new bird refuge
Taqah, new bird refuge
Taqah, one last mosque
Taqah, one last mosque
Wadi Dharbat, waiting...
Wadi Dharbat, waiting...
Wadi Dharbat, smiling
Wadi Dharbat, smiling
Wadi Dharbat, caught its eye
Wadi Dharbat, caught its eye
Wadi Dharbat, the model
Wadi Dharbat, the model
Wadi Dharbat, oasis
Wadi Dharbat, oasis
Wadi Dharbat, the guardian
Wadi Dharbat, the guardian
Frankincense
Frankincense
Wadi Dharbat, obstacle course
Wadi Dharbat, obstacle course
Khor Rouri, bathing camels
Khor Rouri, bathing camels
Khor Rouri, estuary
Khor Rouri, estuary
Sumhuram Archeological Gallery
Sumhuram Archeological Gallery
Khor Rouri, Sumhuram ruins
Khor Rouri, Sumhuram ruins
Khor Rouri, Arabian Sea view
Khor Rouri, Arabian Sea view
Salalah, wholesale produce
Salalah, wholesale produce
Salalah, souk (1)
Salalah, souk (1)
Salalah, souk (2)
Salalah, souk (2)
Salalah, souk (3)
Salalah, souk (3)
Salalah, souk (4)
Salalah, souk (4)
Salalah, souk (5)
Salalah, souk (5)
Salalah, souk (6)
Salalah, souk (6)
Salalah, souk (7)
Salalah, souk (7)
Sunset in Salalah
Sunset in Salalah
The beach at Al Mughsail
The beach at Al Mughsail
Al Mughsail, beachcombers
Al Mughsail, beachcombers
Al Mughsail, beach, Arabian Sea
Al Mughsail, beach, Arabian Sea
Al Mughsail, fishing fleet
Al Mughsail, fishing fleet
Sarfait Road to Yemen
Sarfait Road to Yemen
Marneef Cave, 'Leave nothing but footprints'
Marneef Cave, 'Leave nothing but footprints'
Al Mughsail, cliffs
Al Mughsail, cliffs
Al Mughsail, cliffs
Al Mughsail, cliffs
Al Mughsail, the bay
Al Mughsail, the bay
Al Mughsail, beach
Al Mughsail, beach
We'll be back! (0MAN)
We'll be back! (0MAN)