New to Oman

Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by JBanar, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. CRAZY_BG

    CRAZY_BG Adventurer

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    Thanks for this info.Beer for me is not a problem .Beer from bulgaria 0.7 euro .
    Moving from UAE to Oman problem?
    Can I rely on local dealers naTriumf.
    You will need oil changes semi-synthetic 20w50
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  2. Stuza2

    Stuza2 Muppet and Learner!

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    Hey Craneguy,

    you won't regret it, great place to live.

    Sadly though, the second hand market is dead. You can easily see this by looking at dubizzle.com and the only dual purpose on there for the last monthS is my KLR (which is still for sale btw).

    Also, there are two shops for clothing but the selection is VERY limited, bring your own gear!!! The two shops are the Harley dealer and another shop in a place called Oasis by the Sea.

    The other alternative is drive/fly to Dubai where the selection is a lot bigger.


    Cheers
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  3. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

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    If you take a ferry from Iran to UAE, I recommend you stop in Dubai at Duseja for your oil change and any other service needs. They are a Triumph Dealer. There is no Triumph dealer in Oman.

    You should not have a problem going from UAE to Oman.

    In Oman, places to visit include Musandam region (Khasab); this is a much easier ride if you are coming from UAE (scenic ride along a mountainous coast) The oasis city of Nizwa, and nearby Bahla are both interesting. Also coastal areas near Sur (wadi tiwi has a nice hike).

    Yes, you can camp in the desert.

    Dave
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  4. CRAZY_BG

    CRAZY_BG Adventurer

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    Thanks Dave.
    I count on your brotherhood throughout to your hot country there is little information. I do not have much money and go with a small budget. Going shopping berries and bread from the cities and in the evening will do wild camping in the desert areas. As I see sights: Al Alam Palace, Shati Al Qurum Beach, Ubar, Ain al Faydah, Al Saleel, Dimaniyat Islands, Al Hazm, village Bilad Sayt
    But I'd love to see for myself how people live in your small poor villages in the mountains and deserts to touch your life and folklore.

    I intend to leave al-mukhamarah in Al-Bidah road to the top of the mountain. Then down the coast
    Al-Amarat - Ramlah - Bani Bu Hasan AlKathir and returnto desert place

    ThumRait air-base right and goo to road number 31 to google maps
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  5. muddysoles

    muddysoles The cubicle traveler

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    That was my grey Super Tenere on display there. Regarding those BMW bikes, I was looking at it before buying the S10. The guy has buggered the 1200GS, like how most Omanis do with their vehicles. With no service at the BMW showroom here, IMHO I wouldn't recommend those bikes. But then, YMMV.

    Also, check out the Royal Enfield showroom at Hamriya. He deals in used bikes and last I was there, saw a KLR and a barely used 1200GS for sale.
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  6. Datan556

    Datan556 2stroke a day keeps the doctor away

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    'Ello mate, The royal enfield showroom, where is it exactly. Im am familiar with the area but have never spotted the place. Could you give me guide please.
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  7. muddysoles

    muddysoles The cubicle traveler

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    It's right next to Al Nahada hospital, Hamriya. Here are the contact details for the guy who runs the place:
    Name: Ani
    GSM: 9903 7749

    Hope this helps
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  8. Datan556

    Datan556 2stroke a day keeps the doctor away

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    Cheers!:1drink
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  9. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Well, I have my ticket. I'll be flying out to Oman on Sunday. Hope to catch up with you all soon.
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  10. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

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    Welcome, Craneguy! Hope your work and play in Oman are fun. :freaky

    Now, if you get a bike, let us know. I would be happy to drag you down the road to As Sifah :evil

    And it's such a nice time of year for riding. :huh
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  11. muddysoles

    muddysoles The cubicle traveler

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    Welcome to Oman! :D

    Well last I checked, there's a used KLR going real cheap at the Harley Davidson showroom. So you might want to check that out :evil

    It's a nice little country with plenty of scenic places/routes to explore.
    <img src="http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s462/muddysoles/Motorcycles/S10White_zps01c1c242.jpg" border="10" alt="oman" height="240" width="320"/>

    <img src="http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s462/muddysoles/Motorcycles/FinsTenere_zps2832d17d.jpg" border="10" alt="Oman" height="240" width="320"/>

    etc ..etc.. Have fun mate! :ricky
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  12. Datan556

    Datan556 2stroke a day keeps the doctor away

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    what a spectacular picture the last one!
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  13. muddysoles

    muddysoles The cubicle traveler

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    Thank you!
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  14. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Well, I've been here a week. I've been caught up in all the admin and battling jet-lag, which has hit me a lot harder than usual.

    I have a car now, and I'm looking for accommodation (the camp they have me in is less than salubrious)

    I saw an 1150GS advertised in the Al Fair at 18th November and 70 Way (Al Azaibah). I took a photo of the ad and now I can't read it! I think it was an '03 and about 2.9k Rials...anyone know the history?

    I also to my great delight discovered the "West Bank" on thursday night. Although a pair of steaks and 13 martinis/mojitos came out at $270! Fun though.

    Anyway, anyone who'd like a beer drop me a PM!
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  15. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

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    Hi Craneguy,

    "West Bank"? Do you mean "Left Bank", up on the hill above Qurm Park?

    Yes, expensive. There is a simple rule here: if they serve alcohol, the food will be twice as expensive.

    Here is a rundown on restaurants I thought worth revisiting:

    1) Pavo Real (Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, or MQ) - yes, a decent Mexican restaurant in Oman, with an Indian soft rock band 6 nights a week...and a liquor license.

    2) Silk Route (MQ) - pricey but quality Chinese and Thai food

    3) Kargeen (MQ) - arabic food, big menu, outdoor seating

    4) Sports bar(at Grand Hyatt) - sports bar under Club Safari, beer and pub menu

    5) Chedi restaurant (Chedi Hotel) - for brunch....a tad expensive at about OR 25 each, but excellent buffet and a place to impress your date

    6) Thai House (near Ibis hotel, AL Khuwair) - putting a plug in for friend of my wife, authentic if you can stand spicy

    7) Japengo - (corniche road at Shatti Qurm) - maybe the best of a mediocre lot on the corniche, but a nice view and OK sushi

    8) Pizza - plenty to choose from, none outstanding in my judgement...but I like the pizza joint in the food court at City Centre (Seeb) mall, for a couple of slices and some people watching

    9) Rockbottom Cafe (at Ramee Hotel, Qurm) - Decent steak and a bar

    Finally, 3 venues for drinks and live music
    - Club Safari, Grand Hyatt Hotel
    - AL Ghazali Pub, Intercon Hotel
    - Rockbottom Cafe

    Best time Wed-Fri nights from 10pm (this might change with new weekend schedule)
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  16. muddysoles

    muddysoles The cubicle traveler

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    Two more to the list:

    Woodlands - Near Central Bank in Ruwi, Spicy South Indian food that you can
    wash down with beer! They have a liquor license.

    Nuts & Bolts - A pub part of the Al Falaj hotel, Ruwi. 'Supposed' to be a joint for bikers but usually empty. Pretty cheap when compared with other joints.

    Worth riding to:

    Oman Dive Center Resort - Perfect place for a lazy brunch. Their restaurant is right on the beach and serves pretty decent food along with beer.

    As Sammak - Great place for seafood. The name means the fisherman so I guess that says it all. You will love the ride/drive. The place is right on the beach!

    Cheers..
    Mats
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  17. GMess

    GMess Been here awhile

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    Geez it has changed since 1982. Back then drinks were either the rugby club, the PDO beach club or the Royal Gallah Wentworth Golf Club. The motorboat club might have had a licence as well. Otherwise you paid the bucks at the Intercontinental.

    I still have copy of my licence that let me buy 40 rials worth a month from the bulk store.

    The best food in Muscat was the Palm Tree Court - gravel floor to provide the stones to throw at the pi cats patrolling the top of the wall. Tandoori was damn god though.

    I am looking for some good photos I can scan - no digital cameras back then.
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  18. muddysoles

    muddysoles The cubicle traveler

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    Well the license bit hasn't changed yet :deal

    Looking forward to seeing some pics!
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  19. GMess

    GMess Been here awhile

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    Away for a few days. Will see what I can find later in the week. Mostly 35mm slides so a bitch to copy.

    Still wear my old Muscat rugby jersey when appropriate. I'm told the soft sand has gone and they play on a better surface these days.
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  20. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. My salary just got a little thinner!
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