Mus­cat.

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Just un­der an hour’s flight from Dubai (Emi­rates Air­lines / emi­rates.com) is fab­u­lous Mus­cat. All the stylish kit­ties make a bee­line straight for The Chedi / +968 24 524 400 / ghmho­tels.com / to stay and play, don’t miss the ex­cel­lent spa or the Arab/Med and In­dian fare at The Restau­rant. For retail, head to the Old Mu­trah Souk to bag or­nate sil­ver, as well as the coun­try’s most fa­mous com­mod­ity, frank­in­cense. Or, if you fancy a wan­der, The Old Port area is pret­ti­est with its an­cient city walls, Sul­tan’s Palace and har­bour (long skirts or trousers are ad­vised in pub­lic). Ac­tiv­ity wise, Mus­cat Div­ing & Ad­ven­ture Cen­ter / +968 24 543 002 / hol­i­day-in-oman.com / can ar­range ab­seil­ing, cav­ing, dol­phin watch­ing, game fish­ing, scuba and more. Take in a world-class per­for­mance at the stun­ning Royal Opera House Mus­cat / Al Khar­jiyah St / +968 24 403 300 / roh mus­cat.org.om, or head to Shangri-la’s huge Barr Al Jis­sah Re­sort & Spa / +968 24 776 666 / shangri-la.com / for the Pi­ano Lounge with live jazz and sun­down­ers, or mouth-wa­ter­ing seafood on the beach­front at Bait Al Bahr. Oh-Man.

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