DESTINATION: MUSCAT, OMAN
See a show at the Royal Opera House, Muscat. Opened in 2011, its exterior is designed in traditional Omani style, but the concert hall, which holds 1100 guests, boasts cutting-edge acoustics.
Buy a lime and mint juice – Oman’s quintessential drink – and meander the Mutrah Souk, one of the oldest markets in the Arab world. It’s a treasure trove of handmade jewellery, traditional clothes, spices, antiques, handwoven Bedouin carpets and craft workshops.
Seek out one of Muscat’s ice cream vendors, who churn out exotic flavours such as rosewater, date, kahwa (coffee and cardamom) and karak (sweet, milky spiced tea).
Amouage, one of the world’s most valuable perfumes and an Omani treasure, is created from frankincense, myrhh and rosewater. Visit the factory and visitor centre full of gold and glass canisters. Adventure World,