Capital of Oman, an unusual departure from the concrete jungles growing at frantic pace everywhere else in the Middle East. There seems to be an apparent endeavor by the Omanis to conserve a pristine way of life without overwhelming the beauty of nature. There is no indiscriminate construction of high rises and almost all buildings and houses are predominantly painted in various shades of white, which as a mater of fact even reflects the austerity and warmth of the Omanis.
This is one of those rare places where expatriates always have a word of praise and appreciation for the natives.
Oman is supposed to be a paradise for geologists because of the ubiquitous geological outcrops which also form amazing backdrops to the city of Muscat. These are basically subsurface geological stratifications exposed in almost mountainous dimensions. These are formed by tectonic plates striking each other in this area over millions of years.
Being a traditionally seafaring community most of the hustle and bustle of the city is along the coastline. One can also find some of the most scenic and unexploited beaches here nestled among the reefs. The sea waters here are teeming with life and one can enjoy the sights of marine life in trips on boats of various types. Sights of the ‘spinning’ dolphins, orcas, seagulls and many others can make for some very mesmerizing experiences off the shores of Muscat.
The Shangri-La Barr Al-Jissah Resort and Spa is an outstanding beach resort located in one of the most amazing locations in Muscat. A few shots below through my lenses.
All this and the thriving business associated with the oil and gas industry attracts numerous visitors, for business and tourism alike, to this quaint little city of the Middle East.