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Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?  
User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2770 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1541 times:

My friend and I are traveling to Dubai for a few days and will have one more day to see either Bahrain or Muscat, Oman. Any recommendations on which place we should see? What destination will offer a more "authentic" cultural experience? Any insight is greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12041 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1513 times:
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I've visited both countries more than once, Oman get my vote and recommendation every time.

Omanis take a great pride in their country, are always asking how you are enjoying things and want to make sure you're having a good time. They are very friendly and keen to offer a warm welcome. In my view, Oman is a lovely place and does offer a more genuine 'Arabic' feel than many other ME countries.

If you're starting from Dubai, you can either drive across to Muscat or even to the Northern part of Oman, a place called Khasab (the drive along the coast is amazing). From there you can take a trip on a dhow, see dolphins and swim in coves along the coast.



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User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2770 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Thanks for the advice. I'd like to add Doha, Qatar and Kuwait City, Kuwait as options. Any opinions about those cities?

User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Kuwait and Doha are like all the rest i.e Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, not much authenticity.

User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Quoting modesto2 (Reply 2):
Kuwait City, Kuwait

I'm glad you added the name of the country, that one could have caused confusion  



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15493 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

Quoting modesto2 (Thread starter):
Any recommendations on which place we should see?

Whichever one isn't having an uprising at the moment. Probably Oman.

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 4):
I'm glad you added the name of the country, that one could have caused confusion

Of course we have Kansas City which is half in Missouri and Missouri City which is all in Texas. Michigan City is in Indiana while Mark Twain made Virginia City, Nevada famous.



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User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

I visited Muscat last November, and had an amazing time, I'd highly recommend it.

Cheers,

MCO 2 BRS


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26508 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Oman would be my choice hands down. Also just had some friends back from there and they loved it also.


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User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3841 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Quoting modesto2 (Reply 2):
I'd like to add Doha, Qatar and Kuwait City, Kuwait as options. Any opinions about those cities?

My brother and I were strongly considering going to Oman as part of a trip, but it was out of our budget since Oman's nascent tourist industry is mainly targeting wealthy travelers. Bahrain does indeed have an ongoing security situation, and I've seen Doha described in more than one travel guide as one of the most boring cities in the world.


User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

Oman, yes, recommended, I have been there last year. Only shortly in Muscat though. Take a desert ride if you find the time.

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

Here's another vote for Oman, which in my book is far above any other Arabian nation when it comes to tourist value. As for Bahrain, there really is sod all to do and see outside the F1 week-end. As islands go, Bahrain probably takes the price for the least interesting one. Not to mention the climate, which is either horrible or truly horrible this time of year. Expensive too, at least as far as hotels and night life goes. Used to live there for 6 months, have no wish to ever go back - least of all on my own time and dime.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24326 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Also another vote for Oman. Its the less glitzy of the bunch.

Kuwait City, Manama and Doha, like Dubai are simply busy modern urban centers, while Muscat is the more laid back, traditional town. So after being in Dubai, Muscat is probably a nice change.



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

Is Yemen like Oman too?

[Edited 2013-05-21 09:43:12]

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 12):
Is Yemen like Oman too?

Yes, in the same way Mexico is the same as Texas.

Ever heard of a program on telly called "the News"? Pretty interesting at times, and one can glean a lot of useful information from there. As an example, there have been no reports of drone attacks by the USAF in Oman, while Yemen has been less fortunate in that respect. Watching the news might also have acquianted you with something called the Arab spring, and noticed the distinct absence of reports from Muscat. One cannot say quite the same of Sana'a.



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1298 times:

My question was based more on the land whats its like, the coastline, the fauna and flora, natural beauty and such stuff.

[Edited 2013-05-21 18:37:52]

User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

For obvious reasons I haven't been to Yemen, so can't answer that question. Since I bear no wish to subject myself to either the risk of kidnapping or a rigourous interrogation by the CBP next time my travels takes me to the US, chances are that is unlikely to change.


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

Yes for your types big risk travelling there with the paranoia, hope some one from another region can answer normally.

User currently offlinemdavies06 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

I have been to all the places you mentioned and whilst I would vouch for Muscat for its sights, in terms of public transport it has next to none and taxis are hard to find and very expensive. If you plan to stay mainly in a resort and only take local guided tour with pickup/drop off to your hotel then that will be fine. However, if you are backpacking (like I did) with no transport arrangements on the ground then I wouldn't recommend it at all because walking miles after miles inner city is not fun. If you think you can't navigate a place which has little to no public transport (and you won't be taking out a car or a day tour package), then I would recommend Doha or Kuwait.

I should also mention that I never really spoke with the Omani locals. I spoke with more South Asian than locals because (I guess) the locals are not the ones who run the shops and restaurants. Therefore, I found that again, like Dubai, I didn't get to experience much Arabic culture at all.


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 13):
Yes, in the same way Mexico is the same as Texas.

Ever heard of a program on telly called "the News"? Pretty interesting at times, and one can glean a lot of useful information from there. As an example, there have been no reports of drone attacks by the USAF in Oman, while Yemen has been less fortunate in that respect. Watching the news might also have acquianted you with something called the Arab spring, and noticed the distinct absence of reports from Muscat. One cannot say quite the same of Sana'a.

How very rude.

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 15):
For obvious reasons I haven't been to Yemen, so can't answer that question

But you did anyway.


User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1055 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 12):

Yemen is a poor country whereas Oman is a fairly rich country - but aside from that Yemen shares more in common with Oman than it does with any other GCC country.

Aden and Sana'a,although both in Yemen,are very different both geographically and in terms of the climate.

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 13):

Relax mate - why get so bitter. If you had a bad day or something there are far better things to do then just taking it all out on a fellow anutter!

As for the original question - since you are going to be in DXB anyway (as much as i love Bahrain),Oman would be a much more authentic and interesting experience than Bahrain any day of the week ! You could actually drive upto Muscat from DXB in around 5 hours.


User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

I know the area well.

After a few days in Dubai you'll want something more earthy. I'd recommend Muscat, and if you happen to have a bit of money try 'The Chedi' hotel in Muscat. It's the best hotel I've ever stayed at.


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