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The Sultanate of Oman: Opening Doors


I spent 9 days exploring the Sultanate of Oman courtesy of Oman Tourism.

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Our youngish Omani male tour guide somehow has managed to acquire the most eclectic and, dare I say it, ridiculous mix of pop music, mostly from the 80s and 90s, on his Samsung. It’s connected to the Prado’s sound system, and while we drive through the various landscapes of the Sultanate of Oman, we intermittently hit a song or two where we can all sing a line. Then it happens.

The theme song from Aladdin, A Whole New World, hits the speakers and we hush, momentarily, in a collaborative recognition that this is the most ridiculous, cheesy and therefore perfect accompaniment to our trip in the Middle East that could ever possibly be.

Yes, there is some singing.

Brooke, Amy and Dusk

Brooke, Amy and Dusk in the back of the Party Prado.

It was, as you could expect, corny in every which way, but it worked. We were on one of the most magical trips imagined in Oman, and it was a whole new world for us. For me, especially, since I had never been to the Middle East before – the closest prior being Turkey.

And now I find myself enamored with the sights, the sounds, the smells of this part of the world. Which could be a bit of a curse. I’m still living with a dream of hitting up the former Soviet countries of the world; too many options on my list make future travel decisions… hmm… difficult.

So, hat-tip to you, Oman. You’ve definitely done your job at opening doors.

With that in mind, I’d like to leave you with a collection of Omani door photos. The doors of Oman are a famous feature of the local culture, bright and vibrant with an aura that speaks of invitations (hopefully accompanied with coffee and dates). Imagine solid sand-colored buildings that blend into the backdrop with one boldly decorated front door.

colorful omani door

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If you’d like to learn more about Oman, check out the site on why it is the Side trip of a Lifetime.


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12 Responses to The Sultanate of Oman: Opening Doors

  1. Michelle April 2, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Wow these are all so pretty!

    • Brooke April 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      Beautiful country in general 🙂

  2. Alexandra April 3, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    I am obsessed with doors! I am literally drooling over that peacock one! It made me do the gay inhale 😉 Gasp!

  3. Bianca April 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Great pics. Is there a reason why they ornately decorate only the doors?

  4. Ben Alcock April 6, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Wouldn’t you just love to poke your head in through a couple?

    I loved them…really gorgeous.

    Sweet post, Brooke.

    Happy travels,


  5. Siobhan April 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Just came across your website and I grew up in Oman for 16 years! so nice to see the article 🙂

  6. Teo April 10, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    Wow.. these doors , just reminded me of my home city.. so india like!

  7. Yenny Lee April 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I’ve heard about Oman before from a classmate but never really took interest. But you surely tickled my curiosity with your pictures! Colorful and unique doors! I want those for my room!!!


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