Oman’s Royal Opera House

and two Queens of the Sea in Muscat

With 24 hour work the impressive Royal Opera House in Muscat is beginning to show how it will look.

Royal Opera House Muscat Oman
Royal Opera House Muscat Oman

In the ‘in vogue’ monumental style with beige coloured stonework – it will be in keeping with the latest government buildings throughout Muscat. Sultan Qaboos likes western classic music and I suspect Russian in particular. The opening is going to be a spectacular occasion – hopefully including the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.

Queen Mary 2 in Muscat
Queen Mary 2 in Muscat

Gliding in and out of Mina Sultan Qaboos to allow passengers to go on Muscat Shore Excursions – the Queen Mary 2 showed not only her size – but also her manoeuvrability. She span around on her axis to berth in the harbours longest quay.

QEII arrives in Muscat
QEII arrives in Muscat

Her size dwarfs the old QEII which I photoed on one of her visits – but as the trend is for size the QM2 is exceeded in tonnage by other ships

QEII in Mina Qaboos
QEII in Mina Qaboos
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Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4