Muscat Love, Oman

22 September 2017 Muscat, Oman

What can you do to kill time on a 9-hour layover in Muscat, Oman? Renting a car can actually be one. Booked mine from but little did I know, driving was on the opposite side. Yes, my first time. I exited the airport, noticing the car approaching me was headed towards my direction and I gotta say I am quite surprised how I am still alive today..

  Few things to consider before renting a car in Oman or any country for that matter.

    1. Get an International Driving Permit from your country of origin (If necessary) JPJ for Malaysia
    2. Download & install an offline map app e.g.
    3. Find out which side of the road they drive
Driving on the opposite side can be quite challenging for inexperienced drivers (finger points to me). I got honked so many times for driving so slow. For few minutes, I actually stopped on the side of the road thinking whether or not I should continue. I went inside a housing lot to practice, trying to get used to driving in the opposite side. Punya budu..

Nonetheless, I decided to proceed to few locations before actually giving up. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was the nearest (padahal, that was the ONLY place I went bah astaga) & thank goodness for FREE parking!

Despite having few more hours remaining with the car, I decided to just return it to the airport. Giving up was a choice.

Moral of the story, Never, I repeat NEVER drive in a foreign land without GPS or internet at least.

If I remember it well, conversion rate (as at November 2015) was 1 Omani Rial = MYR10, which explains why I didn't get a souvenir #expensive

I then spent the remaining 4 hours at the airport editing photos to post on Instagram. Oh and please make sure your telco allows roaming, at least to be able to receive SMSs coz Muscat airport's WiFi requires the pass-code to be sent to your phone via SMS. 4 hours without internet can be detrimental to your health, serious!

  If you happen to make Muscat as your transit city, you should checkout these places..

    1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
    2. The National Museum
    3. Royal Opera House Muscat
    4. The Muscat Gate
    5. Al Jalaili Fort
    6. Bimmah Sinkhole (a lil bit in the outskirts)

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more crazy stories..

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