Oman was always one of my favourite parts of going to the Middle East. The people, culture, occasional access to bacon (for a Gulf State) and incredible geography all contribute to making it a worthy destination. Even on the way out of the country, our cab driver insisted we had enough time to tour around Sultan Qaboos impressive Al Alam Palace. I had a mini tripod in my carry on bag that required me to spend a good amount of time on my belly, drawing curious looks from the palace guards, but it was worth it to capture the symetry and presence of the front, along with how vibrant it is, in stark contrast to the muted desert colours of palaces in other Gulf monarchies. Photographed by Alexander Vlad.