A week in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman (map) is an Arab country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. Oman shares its land borders with Yemen, Saudi Arabia et the United Arab Emirates. We went to Oman several times to do scuba diving between 2010 and 2015, while we were staying in Dubai. Most of the time we went diving in the Musandam area, closer to Dubai by road. This time, my wife and I are going on vacation to Muscat and Sohar. We have friends living in Oman and we are planning to visit the region and scuba dive with them.


Flying to Oman

Montréal (Québec, Canada) - YUL

Montréal (Québec, Canada) - YUL

Montréal (YUL)  ✈  Doha (DOH)  ✈  Muscat (MCT)

Total flight duration : 15 hours 15 minutes
YUL to DOH ➤  12 hours 5 minutes
Stop in DOH ➤  1 hour 35 minutes
DOH to MCT  1 hour 35 minutes

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It is forbidden to take pictures while on the tarmac...

It is forbidden to take pictures while on the tarmac...


Stopover in Doha (Qatar)

Hamad International Airport in Doha (DOH) - Qatar.

Hamad International Airport in Doha (DOH) - Qatar.

Qatar Airways Business Lounge - Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Qatar Airways Business Lounge - Hamad International Airport in Doha.


Muscat city

After escaping from the chaos of the airport, a taxi takes us to our hotel for a well deserved night's sleep. In the silence of the night, the driver runs at 130 km/h on the highway that crosses the city, his left foot on the dashboard and his cell phone in his right hand. Our driver is dressed in Omani style. He wears a long white long-sleeved dress called "dishdasha" and his head is covered with a "kumma", a kind of round hat decorated with patterns and embroidery.

It is late in the evening, nearly midnight, and the capital of the country which has more than one million inhabitants is already asleep. The roads are practically deserted. The town is surprisingly quiet and immaculate, ready for the next day. After about 20 minutes, we finally arrive at our hotel.

First glimpse of Muscat captured in the middle of the night with my iPhone.

First glimpse of Muscat captured in the middle of the night with my iPhone.

Picture taken from the window of my hotel room in the middle of the night. This time I used my camera and a zoom to frame the mosque Saeed Bin Taimur Masjid. ISO 10 000, f / 2.8, 168 mm, 1 / 125 sec, no tripod.

Picture taken from the window of my hotel room in the middle of the night. This time I used my camera and a zoom to frame the mosque Saeed Bin Taimur Masjid. ISO 10 000, f / 2.8, 168 mm, 1 / 125 sec, no tripod.

In the early morning, the mosque Saeed Bin Taimur Masjid seen from Ibis Hotel. In the background, the Western Al Hajar Mountains run through the northern coastline of the city.

In the early morning, the mosque Saeed Bin Taimur Masjid seen from Ibis Hotel. In the background, the Western Al Hajar Mountains run through the northern coastline of the city.

Dohat Al Adab Street seen from our room.

Dohat Al Adab Street seen from our room.

The morning light illuminates the city of Muscat.

The morning light illuminates the city of Muscat.


City of Sohar

Sohar (prononced Suhar) is the ancient capital of Oman that once served as an important Islamic port town. Sohar has also been credited as the mythical birthplace of Sinbad, a fictional sailor and the hero of a "One Thousand and One Nights" tales. According to the 2010 census, Sohar's population was 140,006, making it Oman's fifth most-populated settlement.

Lobby of the Radisson Blue Hotel (Sohar, Muscat)

Lobby of the Radisson Blue Hotel (Sohar, Muscat)

Radisson Blue Hotel pools and terrace (Sohar, Oman).

Radisson Blue Hotel pools and terrace (Sohar, Oman).

Like a luminous painting hanged on the wall, the Sultan Qaboos Mosque seen from a corridor ar Mercure Hotel (Sohar, Oman).

Like a luminous painting hanged on the wall, the Sultan Qaboos Mosque seen from a corridor ar Mercure Hotel (Sohar, Oman).


Qantab and Al Jissah Bay

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The Majlis Oman (Houses of Parliament) set in the Ajar Mountains (Al Bustan, Muscat).

The Majlis Oman (Houses of Parliament) set in the Ajar Mountains (Al Bustan, Muscat).

Al Jissah Roundabout (Muscat)

Al Jissah Roundabout (Muscat)


Muscat Hills Resort at Al Jissah Bay

Muscat Hills Resort in Al Jissah Bay (Muscat).

Muscat Hills Resort in Al Jissah Bay (Muscat).

Al Jissah Bay

Al Jissah Bay

Al Jissah Bay

Al Jissah Bay

Beach of Al Jissah Bay

Beach of Al Jissah Bay


Muscat Hills Resort at Al Jissah Bay

A resort with a lovely design

Muscat Hills Resort

Muscat Hills Resort

Muscat Hills Resort

Muscat Hills Resort

Muscat Hills Resort

Muscat Hills Resort

The Beach Club at Muscat Hills Resort.

The Beach Club at Muscat Hills Resort.

Littles huts of Muscat Hills Resort (Muscat)

Littles huts of Muscat Hills Resort (Muscat)


Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort at Al Jissah Bay

Dome in the lobby of the Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat.

Dome in the lobby of the Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat.

Al Husn Hotel's lobby and indoor court.

Al Husn Hotel's lobby and indoor court.

Al Husn Hotel

Al Husn Hotel


Scuba Diving

In the Arabic Peninsula, Oman is a place of choice for scuba diving. In February, it's still winter and the water is not so warm. A 5 mm wet suit is a must. Expect to see black tip sharks, turtles, morays, rays, cuttlefish and multicolored fish. Fantastic! Life is good. 

Al Jissah Bay Marina and Dive Center (Muscat, Oman)

Al Jissah Bay Marina and Dive Center (Muscat, Oman)


Flying back home

Time to say goodbye to our friends and get back home, where winter has not yet said its last word...


Welcome back!

Yes... this is home... (Vaudreuil, Québec, Canada on March 15th 2017)

Yes... this is home... (Vaudreuil, Québec, Canada on March 15th 2017)