Accompanying Person Programme
Welcome Reception - Monday, 14 November
19:30 - 22:00
Congress Dinner - Tuesday, 15 November
19:30 - 23:00
Duration: 6 hours - From 08:00 to 14:00
Enjoy the thrill of a speedboat and head out to sea in search of dolphins in their natural habitat; these lively, intelligent and fascinating creatures can be spotted swimming in the warm waters off the coast. if very lucky you may even see sperm and hump back whales.
Drive from the Marina to to Mutrah Fish Market.
Watch the fishermen bring in their early morning catch to the shores. Take a walk in the seaside market laden with fish, vegetable and fruit stalls.
Later continue to Royal Opera House. Visit to the Royal Opera House Muscat Royal Opera House Muscat is the leading arts and culture organization in the Sultanate of Oman. The vision of the Opera House is to serve as a centre of excellence in global cultural engagement and strives to enrich lives through diverse artistic, culture and educational programes.
End the tour with lunch at Mumtaz Mahal - one of the oldest fine dining restaurants in Muscat serving the best North Indian food, since 1984.
Duration: 9 hours - From 07:30 to 16:30
Visit Nizwa souq that has been sensitively designed using Omani fort architecture and elegant Islamic arches. The halls of this souq are full of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, huge stacks of dates and freshly caught fish. This is still the best place to buy traditional silver “Khanjars” (hand- carved Omani daggers) and Bedouin jewellery, where silver is still sold by weight.
Then a visit to Nizwa Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, making it one of the most impressive forts in Oman Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird’s eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains – a sure delight for all avid photographers!
After the Fort visit, pause for lunch at Local restaurant.
Feast on the traditional Omani food.
Duration: 6 hours - From 08:00 to 14:30
Start the tour with a visit to The Grand Mosque the most exquisite Mosque in Oman. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which contains around 20,000 books. A major feature of the main prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet consisting of 1,700 million knots, Weighing 21 tones and made in a single piece measuring 70 x 60 metres.
Women visiting the mosque are required to cover their head with a scarf and do not wear shorts,
beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered.
Men are required to wear long trousers.
No shorts are allowed.
Then a visit Al Alam Palace. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali (A brief photograph stop from outside only).
National Museum is on the next stop reflecting the splendid Omani Heritage with a collection that includes traditional Omani Weapons such as swords, daggers, rifles & their accessories, along with jewellery, cosmetics & costumes from various regions of Oman.
We then visit Muttrah Souq – one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East. Take a walk in its labyrinthine alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly handcrafted artefacts. A visit to this frenetic, pulsating hub of Muscat’s old quarter makes for a delightful experience. Here, scents of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices float through the air. Other shops specialise in famous Omani khanjars (daggers), antiques, traditional silver jewellery, and handicrafts in copper, camel bone, wood, leather and hand-made Omani costumes.
We drive to Rozna Restaurant for lunch for an immersive experience of Omani cuisine in fine-dining.