Thank you for your message.We had a memorable time in Oman and enjoyed it immensely. The flights were on time and the timings of the Oman Air service from Heathrow are preferable to the BA alternative via Abu Dahbi, so thank you for that.
Pick-up in Muscat airport and return there on Sunday were efficient. We very much enjoyed the half-day tour of Muscat - the guide was really knowledgeable and helpful and it was our first experience of a stretch-limo! The car-hire was fine. I had a bit of trouble with the gearbox changing out of desert-mode 4WD coming out of the desert but some locals sorted it (for 5 Rials!)....
We loved the Sahab Hotel - very friendly staff and a nice atmosphere and plenty to do in the area. We also loved the Shangi-La Resort for its location, again friendly staff and wonderful facilities. My wife sent them a review, which is currently also on Trip Advisor. The hotel organised a taxi for us one day to visit the Natural History Museum in Muscat. The driver not only took us there, but on the way back he took us to a small boatyard in Qantab where they restore traditional dhows, then to visit his sister's house and to meet his mother, so we met some "real" Omanis, who were amazingly hospitable and were able to visit 2 Omani houses. It was a very positive memory.
I hope that you find these comments useful. We understand why you are such a fan of Oman. It is a very interesting country and we liked it a lot.