In December, we travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates followed by Muscat, Oman. While Dubai was flashy and "in your face" flaunting it's wealth, Oman is the opposite. It is gentle and easy going.... charming you with it's natural beauty and low rise whitewashed buildings and friendly Omanis. No high rises here as the Sultan of Oman believes no one should show their "wealth" and should give back by building a mosque. The Corniche (waterfront) is a breathtakingly beautiful stroll, especially at dusk when the locals come out to shop in the Muttrah souk or just relax and enjoy the cool gulf breezes as the sun melts into the horizon.