Oman & the Emirates: My Travels to the Middle East
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 9:51AM
The Lady Who Lunches in Travel

Travel Means Dreaming Of What Is Next.

I'm kind of strange around spontaneity (like making last-minute plans after work), but when it comes to travel, I'll book a flight or plan a vacation on a whim without telling a soul, knowing full well that I could end up rolling solo...

On December 1, 2017, I decided to book a multi-leg journey to the Middle East after having seen some fantastic Business Class fares on Emirates.  After looking at the calendar, I chose the date range of Friday, 2/16 through Monday, 2/26.  I knew that, besides Dubai, I wanted to stay the night at a fancy Bedouin desert resort and visit a friend in Abu Dhabi.  Upon realizing how close these cities were to one another (a 1.5 hour drive), I felt like I could squeeze one more excursion in to my itinerary.  Why not Oman?  After seeing an incredible episode of Top Secret Swimming Holes (Travel Channel) about the country's famous Wadi Shab, I decided to begin my holiday in Muscat.   

My itinerary:

First, I want to make some points/FYI's about visiting Oman and the U.A.E.:

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Muscat, Oman: Must see/do 

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.: Must see/do

Dubai, U.A.E.: Must see/do

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To conclude: Because I'm sure that you were curious...no, I did not end up traveling solo.  Two of my girlfriends hopped on board the minute they heard about my holiday plans.  And, let me tell you, our first taste of the Middle East was everything - and nothing - that we had expected.  In the best ways possible! 

If you are thinking about planning a visit, I have one piece of advice: Leave your pre-conceived notions, assumptions, and stereotypes at the proverbial door.  Because if you come to this fascinating and culturally-rich part of the world with an open mind and an open heart, you will be rewarded, humbled, and enlightened beyond.  Everyone that we encountered could not have been more friendly, hospitable, helpful, courteous, humble, or genuine.  Not once did I ever feel unsafe or was scared that I'd be met with danger (a question that I was asked repeatedly by many of my friends/acquaintances).   

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Until we eat again

The Lunch Belle  

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