About this book
Bradt’s e-city guide to Muscat by expert authors Diana Darke and Tony Walsh provides all the information you need to visit not just this historic city, but to discover the surrounding coast and villages also. Full practical information is detailed, including hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, walks, maps and transport, as well as the key sights, from the opulent Royal Opera House to the impressive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The city centre is covered in detail, and also included are the areas of Al Qurum, Al Khuwair, Al Athaiba and As Sib, plus the coast southeast of Muscat, including Marina Bandar Al Rowdha.
Museums, galleries, nature reserves and national parks, sandy beaches and secluded bays are all included, as are language and featured aspects of local life and history, from Tim Severin’s building of The Sohar, a recreation of Sindbad’s ship, to early foreign policy. Muscat and its surrounds offer a wide array of outdoor activities and the Bradt e-city guide includes details of many, from birdwatching and whale and dolphin watching to camping, desert safaris, rock climbing, caving, mountain trekking, wadi bashing, diving, snorkelling, game fishing, sailing and boat trips.
Written in an engaging and colourful style that entertains as much as informs, Bradt’s e-City Muscat is drawn from the fourth edition of the larger Bradt guide to Oman.
About the author
Tony Walsh has written extensively about Oman for local and international media as well as for Oman government publications. He has lived in Arabia since 1986, for most of that time in Muscat. Though initially managing retail businesses in Oman and Saudi Arabia, he has also worked in tourism since 1993, exploring Oman from the Straits of Hormuz to the Yemen border and beyond. His Arabic can justifiably be called 'street Arabic' as, although he learnt to read and write in a class, it was the man on the street who taught him the language. His coffee table book on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Oman covers each of the thirteen locations which are spread throughout the country.
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR
Diana Darke has known Oman for over 30 years when she first worked there for the Omani government in 1980. She still has many Omani colleagues and friends in the country. With a BA in Arabic (Oxford) and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture (SOAS, London) her in-depth cultural background knowledge is second to none, and is rarely found in guidebooks. She is the author of sixteen guidebooks on Turkey and the Middle East.