Another Arabian Peninsula Foto Friday – Dubai & Oman

We have so many great images from our Arabian Peninsula fam trip to the UAE (specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and Oman, I’ll keep posting them in nice juicy batches until you’ve seen them all. Most of these are from fam group member Sallie Volotzky, with one or two from our Midwest Sales Manager, Rich Davis.

DUBAI

Here are a few shots of the Bastakiya Mosque. The Bastakiya district is one of Dubai’s oldest neighborhoods and is full of traditional character.

Dubai’s Gold Souk is located in the business district of Deira. With hundreds of shops, the souk contains something like 10 tons of gold.

walking through the Gold Souk, Dubai, photo by Rich Davis

walking through the Gold Souk, Dubai, photo by Rich Davis

OMAN

Traditional elements merge into a sleek, modern whole in Muscat’s sparkling Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It was completed in 2001 and can hold 20,000 worshippers.

The ancient city of Sur, Oman, about 93 miles southeast of Muscat, was an historically important port and center for ship building in the Arabian Gulf.

restored Ghanjah Dhow, Sur shipyards, Sur, Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

restored Ghanjah Dhow, Sur shipyards, Sur, Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Al Hamra is a largely-abandoned, 400-year-old, mudbrick village, the best-preserved of its kind in Oman. It’s located in northeastern Oman, about 140 miles northeast of Muscat.

Al Hamra, Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Al Hamra, Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Bait al Safa is a cultural center/museum in Al Hamra, where local women demonstrate traditional methods of milling grain, cooking, weaving etc.

Bait al Safa, Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Bait al Safa, Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

On the road to Al Hamra…

For impressions of Oman in words, read Rich Davis’ post. For more Oman and UAE pictures, see these posts – Foto Friday and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman: a few photos.

Our tours to Oman can be found here and our tours to the UAE can be found here. They are all privately escorted and open for customization. We will also create custom itineraries from scratch in any of the areas we serve – Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey and Cuba.

Enjoy the weekend!

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