A (natural) history lesson
Written by Maria Ramos   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 21:25

 Sperm whale skeleton at the Omani Natural History Museum

 Sperm whale skeleton at the Omani Natural History Museum

It’s a 9am start followed by a fantastic buffet breakfast for the Friendship Arabia team.  Next, time for a photo shoot with Mr Francois Galois, the General Manager of our new hotel - The Park Inn Hotel (Al Khuwayr – Muscat).

This is in fact the first Park Inn in the GCC and opened in March this year.  But, Mr Galoisy who hails from Bordeaux is no stranger to the region and has spent around 7 years in the Middle East. Well-travelled and versed in regional tourism efforts, he spoke very highly of our project.

Next, we hit the road in search of one of Muscat’s most popular museums. En route, while searching for a petrol station, we discover that the word shisha also means petrol station in Arabic!

First destination of the day, Muscat’s Natural History Museum, the place to examine Oman’s fauna and flora from time immemorial. The highlight of the Natural History Museum is the skeleton of a sperm whale, which was washed up the shores of Oman in the 1980s. Adjacent to the Natural History Museum is the Faisal Museum which houses traditional Omani weaponry and of course the famous Khanjars.

Sayid Ali bin Faisal Museum  

Sayid Ali bin Faisal Museum 

For lunch we drive down to neighbouring Matrah - a spectacular port and fishing village, and home to the famous Matrah Souq. Its name in Arabic aptly means ‘Resting place’ for this glistening crescent shaped port hugged by majestic mountains.  The souq was closed for lunch but we’ll be heading there again soon.

We end the day eating dinner at a Lebanese restaurant called Automatic in Qurum area about a 15-minute drive from our hotel. Great food and fresh juices but above all a peaceful and friendly atmosphere, sitting with other Omanis and tourists eating al fresco.

Park In Hotel 

The team with Park Inn-Muscat GM Mr. Francois Galoisy & Mr. Fahad Al Wahaibi 


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