After breakfast we head out on a grand tour of Muscat, appropriately beginning at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a modern architectural masterpiece of epic proportions. Built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone, the interior features include the second largest chandelier in the world and beneath it, a hand woven prayer rug that truly defies belief. Measuring 70 x 60 metres, this single-piece Persian carpet contains 1,700 million knots and took a team of weavers 27 months to complete.
From the mosque we head to Muttrah, where we visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum and pass by Qasr Al Alam - His Majesty’s Palace. Then, for a change of pace, we visit the fish market and vibrant Muttrah Souk. Feel free to bargain with the local merchants, hawking their wares inside a labyrinth of well-stocked alley-ways and corridors.
After a typically Omani lunch we head back to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.
NB: Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the mosque every day, except Friday, from 8:30 until 11:00 am and on public holidays. All visitors are asked to dress modestly and women are required to cover their hair.