Category Archives: Oman

Tulip Inn Muscat.

Tulip Inn Muscat

April 2016

Our vacation in Oman actually starts on our return leg after touring Italy and visiting London. For accommodation we have booked Tulip Inn hotel which is just off the main Sultan Qaboos highway and finding it using ‘Maps’ app in our smart phone is a breeze. As an added convenience to the hotel, there is K.M. Hypermarket nearby where we could obtain mineral water, instant noodles, packed lunch & dinner and much more. K.M. is a well stocked Hypermarket. The hotel provides free wi-fi which was strong and stable but was just not able to connect to ‘Facetime’

Tulip Inn Muscat.

Tulip Inn Muscat.                                                                                                                                    Credit : tripadvisor.fi

Tulip Inn Muscat

The king sized bed in room 612.

Tulip Inn Muscat

LED CTV, BOSE docking station and mini bar concealed in the cupboard below.

Tulip Inn Muscat

Tea/Coffee making facilities available.

Tulip Inn Muscat

Dressing table is also available.

Tulip Inn Muscat

Section of the bathroom.

Tulip Inn Muscat

The hallway leading to the lift.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

April 2016

Located off Sultan Qaboos highway is the magnificent Sultan Qaboos grand mosque. Coming from the airport heading into Muscat city, it’s on your right. You would not miss it. Right after checking-in to our hotel, we headed to this mosque. Non-Muslims are also welcome to visit the mosque every day, except Friday, from 8:30 until 11:00 am and would be asked to dress modestly in a way befitting a place of worship.

As we visited the mosque in the late evening passed the visiting hours for tourist, the main prayer hall was so quiet, serene, tranquil and peaceful. This would be just the place for you to revitalise your body spiritually and physically. After offering prayers in respect of entering the mosque, I walked around to admire the graceful architecture of the prayer hall from the carpet to the ceiling. Several huge chandeliers decorates the prayer hall.

The exterior of the mosque is surrounded by garden and trees. Corridors links one section of the mosque to the other. The mosque has one huge dome that covers the prayer hall and minarets at each corner of the compound with another main minaret that is 90 metres high. The carpet in the main prayer hall is said to be the 2nd largest hand-woven in the world. The mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshipers.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Sort of ‘gate’ towards Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The grand mosque main building with it’s main prayer hall (men) under the dome.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Another view of the mosque with one of it’s 4 corner minaret.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Another of the corner minaret with garden by the mosque.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Possibly a newer section of planted shrubs facing the Sultan Qaboos highway. Not sure what building that’s across the highway. Seems newly built.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The main 90 meters minaret apart from the shorter 4 corner minarets.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The indoor ablution area.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Shoe/slipper racks for worshippers to place.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The main prayer (males) hall.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The ‘mimbar’ or sermon dais.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Side view of the prayer hall with chandeliers with wooden ceiling.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The main chandelier under the dome.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Carpet in the prayer hall.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

Facing the entrance (back) of the prayer hall.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The enormous shady car park.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

Al Shatti Beach Muscat

April 2016

A short 15 minutes drive from Tulip Inn, and we are at Al Shatti beach off Al Shatti street. Starbucks will be a prominent landmark as public parking are available behind it. Starbuck also seems to draw owners of expensive cars as there are seen parking nearby. We visited the beach on a working day during working hours so, not much activity during this time. I noticed that the sand is black on this beach.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

Starbucks very prominent on Al Shatti beach.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

Starbucks and the beach attracts expensive cars.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

The beach seen form the roadside.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

Jogging on the beach.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

The beach facing the other direction.

Al Shatti beach, Muscat

Clean beach. Black sand. Crowne Plaze hotel at the far end.