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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.

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