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Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 1:49 am

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 3:30 am

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 3:32 am

Thanks for the advice. I'd like to add Doha, Qatar and Kuwait City, Kuwait as options. Any opinions about those cities?
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 3:39 am

Kuwait and Doha are like all the rest i.e Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, not much authenticity.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 7:36 am

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 7:52 am

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 10:00 am

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

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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 12:50 pm

Oman would be my choice hands down. Also just had some friends back from there and they loved it also.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 1:40 pm

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.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 2:43 pm

Oman, yes, recommended, I have been there last year. Only shortly in Muscat though. Take a desert ride if you find the time.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 3:50 pm

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 4:39 pm

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 4:42 pm

Is Yemen like Oman too?

[Edited 2013-05-21 09:43:12]
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Tue May 21, 2013 9:53 pm

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Wed May 22, 2013 1:26 am

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]
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Wed May 22, 2013 1:14 pm

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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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Wed May 22, 2013 1:37 pm

Yes for your types big risk travelling there with the paranoia, hope some one from another region can answer normally.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Thu May 23, 2013 12:58 pm

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.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Fri May 24, 2013 1:37 pm

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.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Wed May 29, 2013 5:25 am

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.
 
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RE: Travel Advice: Bahrain Or Muscat, Oman?

Wed May 29, 2013 4:20 pm

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.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.

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