The Sultanate of Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is on the southeast tip of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and the war-torn Yemen. Despite Oman’s proximity to that war, there was very little evidence of the humanitarian catastrophe so nearby.

Oman’s oil wealth and use of imported labor is evident. Nevertheless, Oman does not exhibit the overwhelming urbanization and development of either Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Old Muscat, in particular was human-scaled with plenty of friendly pedestrian activity.

Oman’s coastline in the Muscat area is rugged and mountainous. The ocean-side outcroppings were ideal locations for the 16th century Portuguese forts, like the Al Jalali Fort that is the backdrop for the Palace. The mountains and stones they provide for construction gave Muscat some of it’s ambient color.

The images below are all from Muscat, the sprawling capital city. Click on one of the links above to see more work.

The Opera House, Muscat, Oman
The Royal Opera House
Dead Crab, Muscat, Oman
Dead Crab on the Beach
Police in the Harbor, Muscat, Oman
Police in the Harbor
Omani Taxi Driver
Omani Taxi Driver
Al Alam Palace, Muscat, Oman
Al Alam Palace
Al Alam Palace Gun and Fort, Muscat, Oman
Al Alam Palace Gun and Fort
Al Alam Palace Entrance
Palace Entrance
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Tower at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman
Tower at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Commerce in Mutrah Harbor, Muscat, Oman
Commerce in Mutrah Harbor
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