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December 2015

Trip to Muscat, Oman – Part-1 / Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

One of the must see places in Muscat. The mosque is very grand, beautiful and serene. The white color of the mosque speaks for its beauty, peace and purity. It is located within the Muscat city and easy to find the route in google map. Plenty of parking spaces available within the place.

The mosque is surrounded by garden and tress which gives freshness and eternal feel when you enter. The huge prayer hall entrance door with classic wood work adds to our amaze.IMG_7028The main prayer hall walls were decorated with art work .The main hall is lightened by Swarovski crystal chandeliers which were glittering like gold.IMG_7059 (2)IMG_7056IMG_7131The carpet in the main prayer hall is the second largest in the world. There are five minarets surrounding the mosque and the main minaret is 90 meters height.

For visitors the timing is from 8.30 am to 11 am from Saturday to Thursday and closed on Friday (Ramadan might be different).

Dress code:

Abbaya is not mandatory for female. Any dress covering full legs and hands till wrist is allowed. Head need to be covered using scarf or veil (Hijab). Jean with loose full hand shirt or long cardigan, salwar kameez with dupatta, long Skirts are allowed.

For male – full length trouser or jean with shirt or T-shirt is allowed.

There is a shop inside the mosque which sells veils for 5 OMR and rents abbayas for 2.5 Riyal. It takes minimum 1 hour to glance around the mosque. Food is not allowed inside the mosque. Weather was hot and the temperature was around 32-35 deg C.

Date: 3rd Dec ’15

Lebanese Village Grill and Restaurant – Mankhool

It was last Thursday we thought of trying some new cuisine in Dubai. After a detailed research in Zomato, we finally decided to visit Lebanese village restaurant in Mankhool. Restaurant is located in the main area of Mankhool, opposite to Ramada hotel, next to Al Ain computer plaza and close to Al Fahidi metro station. Parking is available on the side of the restaurant (parking during weekend will be difficult). Outdoor seating, home delivery and dine-in available here. We chose to go to first floor which was so spacious and big.

We ordered Falafel, fatoush, chicken kebab, cocktail juice and traditional bread. Our order didn’t take much time, max of 15 mins. Chicken kebab was delicious but quantity was less, falafel was too hard and dry. Staffs are not so friendly. I heard that Shawarma is good at this restaurant. price was above average.

Dubai Grand Parade ‘2015

Date: 21st November 2015

Venue: Meydan Grandstand Race course, Nad Al Sheba

This was one of the most awaited car show in Dubai. It was delight for the car lovers. The parade had classic, luxury, sports, vintage and rugged muscle collection of cars. It was a city wide parade which featured super model cars and motorbikes. Thousands of people were gathered along the parade route to watch and cheer them.

The parade was supposed to start at 12.30PM; however it started only at 13.15PM. Temperature was around 35 deg C, better to take sun hat and water bottles. Don’t forget to take your cam!!

grandThe parade started at Meydan racecourse and crossed some of the important landmarks touching Sheikh Zayed road, emirates towers, financial centre, downtown via iconic streets Al Ain Dubai road, Ras Al Khor, Al Khail Road & Al Meydan Street.

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We were at Meydan to watch the parade. There was plenty of free car parking provided inside Meydan. This is one of the must see event in Dubai.

Next to this parade line, there was some drifting event organized by the Committee.

Check this link DRAFTING; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspDrrBzUcU

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