The Middle East: Our Trip in Photos

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Oil wealth has brought all the trappings of modernity to the United Arab Emirates, where clumps of soaring glass towers overlook superyacht marinas and vast shopping malls. In Abu Dhabi, even the immense Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – with room for over 40,000 worshippers — is just six years old. In contrast, neighboring Oman has an ancient culture and much of its architecture is traditional. The pro-Western Sultan Qaboos bin Said recently indulged his taste for classical music with a brand-new opera house, but Old Muscat has changed little in the past 400 years. Beyond Oman’s capital, travelers can still explore teeming souks and imposing mud-walled castles. Here are photo outtakes from my recent trip, which I write about extensively in the May 2017 Hideaway Report.

Interior of Nizwa Fort, a 17th-century stronghold at the base of the Al Hajar mountains, Nizwa, Oman
Interior of Nizwa Fort, a 17th-century stronghold at the base of the Al Hajar mountains, Nizwa, Oman - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Traditional sailing dhow outside the Dubai Museum, Dubai, UAE
Traditional sailing dhow outside the Dubai Museum, Dubai, UAE - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Main courtyard of the new Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Main courtyard of the new Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Traditional Arab architecture of Old Muscat, Muscat, Oman
Traditional Arab architecture of Old Muscat, Muscat, Oman - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Pottery for sale in Nizwa Souk, a marketplace selling everything from livestock to intricate silverware, Nizwa, Oman
Pottery for sale in Nizwa Souk, a marketplace selling everything from livestock to intricate silverware, Nizwa, Oman - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
Completed in 2011, the Royal Opera House Muscat has seen performances by stars such as Placido Domingo and Renée Fleming, Muscat, Oman
Completed in 2011, the Royal Opera House Muscat has seen performances by stars such as Placido Domingo and Renée Fleming, Muscat, Oman - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
The largest chandelier of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque incorporates thousands of Swarovski crystals, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The largest chandelier of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque incorporates thousands of Swarovski crystals, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
The striking Yas Viceroy hotel overlooks Marina Circuit, the venue for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The striking Yas Viceroy hotel overlooks Marina Circuit, the venue for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Photo by Hideaway Report editor
By Hideaway Report Staff
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