This is the cover of last week's Times of Oman Thursday magazine, probably one of the worst weekly publications on earth. There's no use beating on a dead horse but I'm posting this because I thought it was hilarious.
As you see above, Thursday's editors think Muscat has become a happening town and have gone out asking people about their thoughts on the party scene. By some miracle they found a bunch of clueless people who agreed with them. Lucky for us readers that they spoke with Fahmi Al Mawali, AKA the Darkman, and that they had the guts to print what he said.
"The party scene is non-existent. It is not thriving. If you wanna go out, I will be careful to use the word party, because it isn't. It's more like socializing and doing the routine, simply because there is a lack of entertainment locations in Oman, the acceptables to go out and bump into the same faces is Trader Vics, The Pub, Safari and Copacabana. Places that have a lot of men and no variation, that's why the girls don't go out and if they do, it's probably for a goodbye do or a dinner."
Pinky Cayabyab, sales manager at Al Sawadi Resort, begs to differ: "The party scene in Muscat is thriving- people are now getting used to modern ways and things in life.."
Fahmi puts in a word edgewise: "I don't get entertained in Oman... I'd rather entertain since nobody there has the imagination or the energy to do so. House parties are the best place to go to, you know everybody and the company is gentle and soft rather than strangers who have no manners. Socializing in Oman only gives you a low and a hangover. Why because you drink so much to make up for the lack of a member of the opposite sex or any mental stimulation."
But he's quick to add: "But don't get me wrong, we all love Oman, but we hate the lack of input, help, imagination, or crowd to go out and do anything.. thank God for Darkman (events management company)."