DES­TI­NA­TION: MUS­CAT, OMAN

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

CUL­TURE

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.

MAR­KETS

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.

ICE-CREAM

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).

LO­CAL TREA­SURES

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,

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