Tarja really liked Muscat, such a contrast to the very modern high rise forest of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The harbour is surrounded by mountains so it’s a lovely setting. She did a half day tour led by an excellent tour guide who realized it was not necessary to talk non-stop while the bus was in motion !
The first stop was the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which was truly beautiful and felt like a place of worship, not an opulent showplace like the mosque in Abu Dhabi. The walkways that surrounded the mosque had varying themes/styles of mosaics on the walls between the pillars. The rug in the main prayer hall took 4 years to complete and it was woven in place by hundreds of weavers. The pictures don’t do it justice.
There was also a stop at the souk by the harbour. Tarja walked around a bit but mostly sat outside on a bench in the nice walkway around the harbour and people watched.