Muscat is almost six hours drive away from Abu Dhabi. So we left late at night so that we can do breakfast with our friends who were very kind and invited us to stay with them.
From UAE there are six boarders which connect to Oman. We went from Hili border it is situated in Al-Ain. The exit fee is 35 AED per person and visa fee is 5 Omani Riyal
It was pouring when we reached our friend’s house after having an amazing breakfast we took a nap.
When we woke up, in the late afternoon it was still raining by that time so we decided to go to Sultan Qaboos Palace. The Palace is closed to the public, but its architecture is one of its kind, with its funnel-like gold and blue pillars and long flagpole extending like an antenna from its flat roof, outside of the palace there is an avenue of palm trees leads to a roundabout by royal court building and the national museum.
It was getting late in the afternoon so we decided to eat something we ate Omani Khubz bread with cheese filing it was damn delicious, it is kind of street food of Oman.
Our next stop was the Muttrah Souq which is a traditional Arab market, notwithstanding housed under modern timber roofing. The main street of the souk carries mainly household goods, shoes, and ready-made garments. Further inside, you can enjoy the mixed smells of frankincense, perfume oils, fresh jasmine, and spices. Afire shoppers and travelers can also discover a selection of tiny shops (on the side streets and passageways leading up to the souq) full of Omani silver, stalls of gleaming white dishwashers and embroidered kumahs, brightly colored cloth and multicolored headscarves. Shoppers can even get their hands on old Arabian muskets at these souqs. Other things sold at the souq include Omani pots, paintings, hookah pipes, framed khanjars (daggers), leatherwork and incense. Cards are generally accepted in most shops, but bring cash for better deals.
Our day ended by visiting the Royal Opera house is the gorgeous architectural masterpiece in the whole of Oman. It hosts free public tours of the building for that you have to book online on their official website. We did not book the tour we just roam outside around the building, even we went inside the box office to have a view of the gorgeous inter design of the building.
With this our first day ended. For tomorrow we planned to explore places inside and outside of Muscat.