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Chania Town, Greece
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Shopping & photography opportunities

I will be visiting a friend in Muscat soon & as she will be at work during the week I will need to be self-sufficient during the day.

Any ideas for photography & shopping accessible to a woman alone in Muscat gratefully received.

Muscat Governorate...
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1. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

Oman is woman friendly :) you should not have issues going around.

will you be driving and do you have access to a car?

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The Muttrah souq, the nearby fish market, and the corniche that runs along the coast there are prime shopping and photography places. As a lone female I can echo that what Tariq says is true. Omanis are a very friendly and gracious people and you will not have any issues other than the occasional question that to us seems nosy but is just friendly curiosity.

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3. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

What type of photography are you interested in?

Chania Town, Greece
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4. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

I probably won't drive there, but get taxis or buses

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Am looking at spending a weekend in the desert to visit probably the Nizwa area.

I do mostly slightly abstract photography - quirky cityscapes, architecture, seascapes, markets etc all appeal. I guess street portraiture wouldn't go down too well without asking permission first?

Thanks for the advice so far, any more ideas relished!

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5. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

Nizwa is a great place for photography. Try to be there for the Friday goat market.

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6. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

I spent a couple of weekends sitting at the entrance of Souq Muttrah with my camera on my lap, snapping away. Not very easy with a bulky dSLR, but I got some great people shots.

If you go in to a market and want to take pictures of people, definitely ask for permission first. I would say the vast majority will approve, especially if you are a woman.

Old Nizwa is a great place to take pictures. Mud brick houses, old doors, date farms, etc. I fully support that suggestion.

Some great coastal landscape pictures on the road down toward Oman Dive Center, I absolutely love the mountains in Oman.

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7. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

Hi :)

In taking photos, please be careful not to take local womens photo(s) without getting their permission. (If you go to interior or some conservative region, even some men don't like to be taken.)

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8. Re: Shopping & photography opportunities

The Big Bus Tour in Muscat has just started... might be a good option for getting around and seeing some of the sights without having to worry about taxis.

Make sure you manage to capture the desert sunrise and sunset... that is something truley beautiful over the sand dunes...

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