An early morning visit to the new Muscat fish market in Muttrah was a fascinating glimpse into ‘life behind the scenes’ in Oman.
Earlier this year Muscat fish market moved into a new purpose-built hall. I wondered if ‘health and safety’ and, you know, basic consideration for the comfort and well-being of the men working there might have made it less atmospheric and photogenic, but I still jumped at the chance of an early morning visit.
I don’t know what the old market was like, but this new one still managed to pack in plenty of photo opportunities despite the air-conditioning, refrigeration facilities and modern stainless steel stalls. I spent a good half hour or so wandering around with my camera, taking photos and chatting to the guys selling the fish.
A few had caught the fish themselves, but mostly the sellers seem to be just dealing with the sales end of the business.
Although most other people were there to buy, my friend and I weren’t the only tourists wandering around with cameras. The men didn’t seem to mind and even held up fish for us to photograph when they spotted us looking at their stalls.
The market is located near Port Sultan Qaboos in the Muttrah area of Muscat. The port is used by cruise ships and so is an easy ‘attraction’ for tourists on the ships to visit, so I guess they are well used to visitors.
One activity that needs to be high on your ‘must-do’ list if you visit Oman is a night at the Royal Opera House in Muscat.
On my first visit to Muscat four years ago, I wandered round the outside of the white building, but couldn’t get inside even for a brief glimpse. Of course, what I really wanted to do was get in to see a performance, but I never got the chance. Continue reading “A Night at the Royal Opera House Muscat”
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
It’s over two years since I spent a half term visiting a teaching friend in Muscat. Our holidays didn’t match up and so on the first day, whilst she was in school, I took myself out to explore. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque seemed the obvious place to start. Continue reading “Friday Flickr – Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque”