Cabin Crew adventures in Muscat, Oman

By Loredana Cojocari, former Oman Air Cabin Crew

For few years I had the opportunity to be part of Oman Air cabin crew team. I lived at the main base of Oman Air, in Muscat. This is the capital of the Sultanate of Oman and I can say that it’s a beautiful quiet city, a place with summer weather almost all around the year. I had a normal life in Oman, as I accommodated myself really fast with the surroundings. I was wearing modern but decent clothes while going out as I didn’t want to offend anyone, even if the country rules are not that strict. All the cabin crew felt free over there, however, during Ramadan time, when Muslim population is fasting for one month, we tried to be even more polite and respect their religion.

When you get into Oman, you can get a taste of Arabic tradition not only in the five stars hotels but in the surroundings of the different resorts. Not only will you enjoy the usual luxury, but the resorts houses like the Omani Heritage Village, where collections of local historical artifacts are kept in traditional buildings. You can have a quiet day wondering around museums or try plenty of hands-on activities like making silver jewellery, carving traditional Omani daggers called khanjars or making baskets out of palm leaves.If these activities are not your thing, you could just relax by the pool in any top-notch hotels, enjoying their spa treatments, international food and great atmosphere. If these activities are not your thing, you could just relax by the pool in any top-notch hotels, enjoying their spa treatments, international food, and great atmosphere.

By the way, did you know that the English expression to ‘go round the bend’ has one theory including a very small island off the coast of Oman? Longtime ago, Telegraph Island was used by the British as a repeater station to boost telegraph messages from India. The island population was formed of local tribes quite hostile and the isolation was thought to send officers insane by the heat too. Then they would be shipped off to India, taking a route which curves around the Arabian peninsular – hence the phrase driven ’round the bend’.