ere’s a new way to experience Oman without going the usual route of wadis, silver souqs and beachside picnics, and it’s got the added benefit of incorporating music and theatre. The Royal Opera House Muscat is showcasing its first homegrown production, Celebrating Oman: The Great Journey, on January 5,6 and 7. The outdoor show is said to be a combination of eight musical tableaux representing different aspects of life in Oman; it’s history, nature and seafaring traditions. It features poetry, music by Omani musicians from the The Society for Amateur Oud Players and an original libretto by Omani writer, Saleh Al Fahdi, plus a hundred international performers on stage. And the best part? Entry is free. From 7pm, see visitrohmuscat.org.om/en for details.
While you’re in Oman, why not get to know Sohar? The ancient coastal city is famous for more than the addictive crisps named after it. After you’ve done the prerequisite tours of Sohar Fort and the fish market, check into the Mercure Sohar. The new hotel that was launched this month by Action Hotels in collaboration with Accor Hotels, and has 152 rooms, 141 Chic Standard and Superior rooms, five suites, a fitness centre, pool, and an international restaurant, Mosaic. Rooms from Dh333 per night. Call 0096 82 235 4800 or email H7838@accor.com.