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Saturday, March 17, 2012

The magnificent Royal Opera House, Muscat

The Royal Opera House, Muscat (ROHM) was inaugurated by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said last October and in his inaugural speech, he outlined his vision for the same. The essence of what he said can be simplified to mean that since Oman had played a significant role in various cultural fields in the past, it was now time for it to cap that rich march by adopting the concepts of international culture and by effective contribution to its promotion. To that end, it will be the ROHM that will showcase Oman’s creative and cultural heritage and provide Oman with a gateway to the international arena in the very real sense.

We've been lucky enough to visit the Opera House on more than one ocassion- the first, for a  wonderful show featuring the Whirling Dervishes and a more recent 'Open House'. On each of these ocassions, we've been struck by the excellence and detailing thats gone into making this place the superb piece of architectural  and cultural hub that its meant to be.

Here's a very real recommendation- do check it out folks,  at the very next opportunity that you get. Its truly one of those places that will stay in your mind and heart forever!