MUS­CAT

Un­earth the Mid­dle East’s hid­den gem, where grand ho­tels, spec­tac­u­lar scenery and ad­ven­ture at ev­ery cor­ner awaits

Esquire (UK) - - Style -

Few near(ish) neigh­bours are as starkly con­trast­ing as the un­sub­tle bling-fest that is Dubai, and Mus­cat, a four-hour drive east along the Gulf of Oman. Where Dubai is all skyscrap­ing phal­lic ex­ten­sions that Freud would have had a field day with, the cap­i­tal of Oman is low-rise, low-key and a charm­ing al­ter­na­tive. The port city is also the per­fect launch­pad for ex­plo­ration of a coun­try that once had a mar­itime­based em­pire stretch­ing down the east coast of Africa cen­turies be­fore Dubai was even a one-camel fish­ing vil­lage. Tom Bar­ber is a founder of the award-win­ning travel com­pany orig­inal­travel.co.uk

THE BAR­BER DOSSIER by Tom Bar­ber

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