As one of the oil-wealthy countries of the Arabian Gulf, Oman enjoys a fully developed infrastructure, luxury hotels, and international cuisines and influences. However, as a city that only developed from a village to a metropolis in the last 40 years, Muscat also has retained much of its old-school Arabian charm.
Once the most powerful trading empire in Arabia, Oman is no stranger to foreign influences, absorbing and adapting the flavors of the world to suit its own decidedly Bedouin palate. So it stands to reason that the foods that are quintessentially Muscati come from all corners of the world, from the sweetened Indian chai called karak to East African coconut-chili simmered vegetables and native ingredients like fish and dates whipped into new Omani creations by innovative local and expatriate chefs. Muscat is a city both shiny new and entirely traditional, which makes it a fascinating adventure of a place to explore.
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