10 Best Places to Visit in Oman
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Discover Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world, with historical sites and modern wonders!
Oman is located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, alongside Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. It is home to magnificent beaches, high sand dunes, and mountains known for adventure hikes.
Oman is more than its capital, Muscat. Yet Muscat is a sight to see in itself. Experience the grandeur of the Great Mosque of Muscat by smelling the roses that grow on Jebel Akhdar Mountain. Plus, explore unusual destinations as well as Sur's beaches and Salalah's historical sites.
Known as the modern capital of Oman, Muscat offers a host of traditional sites, breathtaking mountainous landscapes, and unspoiled beaches. Feel like you've stepped back in time when you shop at the Mutrah Souk, which offers pristine jewelery and other Arabic trinkets for sale at the open-air market. Plus, take in the stunning views of the Royal Opera House Muscat, with its gleaming white stone walls, where artists like Chick Korea and Branford Marsalis performed.
Situated more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) south of the capital Muscat, Salalah is far from the main bustle of Oman, but worth a visit. You can take an 8-9 hour road trip from the capital, but Salalah also has its own international airport if you prefer to fly there. It is home to a number of attractions, including the historic UNESCO Incense Land Museum, Al Baled Archaeological Park, and the Tomb of Prophet Job. The city is best known for its green landscape during the monsoon season, known locally as Khareef. The Khareef season runs from late June to early September, when the city hosts its annual Salalah Tourism Festival.
The city of Nizwa is located in the interior of Oman, in the A’Dakhiliyah region of the country. It is a landlocked area made up of an extension of the Al Hajar mountain range. Tourists and locals can enjoy a visit to the famous Nizwa Fort and Souk, which is one of the oldest forts in Oman. The Nizwa Souk is famous for its precious handicrafts, including sterling silver jewelery and traditional ceramics well known in the city. Those who visit the market early on a Friday morning can witness a true Omani experience by participating in the goat market.
4. Sharqiya Sands
Sharqiya Sands (also known as Wahiba Sands), is a desert region in Oman named after the Bani Wahiba tribe of Bedouin. The area is made up of large uninhabited sand masses, with tall orange sand dunes that stretch for miles and miles. Aside from a handful of resorts, the area is made up of a few Bedouin tribes and small families that live there. Tourists can enjoy a barbecue among the stars at night, after riding up and down the dunes in 4x4 trucks during the day.
Who wouldn't want to see giant tortoises or tortoises laying hundreds of eggs on a white sand beach? This is exactly an annual occurrence in the Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve in the city of Sur, which is located on the eastern tip of Oman. Sur is best known for being a port city that produces traditional dhow boats, wooden boats that are still on display in parts of the city, such as the Maritime Museum. Other local attractions include two forts, a relaxing ledge, and the Bimmah Sinkhole located in Najm Park.
6. Jebel Akhdar
Jebel Akhdar is one of the highest mountain ranges in Oman and is located in the A’Dakhiliyah region, on the road from the city of Nizwa. It is a mountainous plateau best known for its green fields filled with roses and pomegranates. For this reason, it has earned the nickname of "The Green Mountain". Tourists can attend the traditional rose water harvesting ceremony with a local Omani guide. Additionally, visitors can walk past ancient towns like Sayq and stop at Diana's Point, now located at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, honoring Princess Diana when she visited her in 1986.
Located in the extreme north of Oman, is the idyllic island of Musandam. It is home to 2,000 meter (6,562 ft) high mountains and stunning crystal clear waters, as well as picturesque fjords. The region is known for offering fantastic snorkeling and diving for adventurous tourists. Must-see experiences include visiting the ancient Khasab Castle, enjoying a barbecue on Dibba Beach, and sailing around the island on a traditional Omani dhow cruise.
8. Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid is an impressive oasis that is worth visiting for a few hours on foot from Muscat. The wadi (valley), located in the Ash Sharqiyah region, has several pools of water and a fresh spring that flows into the wadi throughout the year. Wadi Bani Khalid is also home to several small villages and lush green plantations. Tourists will feel like they have stepped back in time while looking at beautiful rock formations and crystal clear waters.
Located in the Al Batinah province, in the northern Gulf of Oman, is the port city of Sohar. It is home to the historic Sohar Fort, which houses a museum and was the central location for the city's previous trading practices. Near the fort is the recently renovated Sohar Souk, which was designed with traditional Arabic decorations and offers a variety of cafes and dining options.
Stroll along the Sohar Corniche promenade, which features a fish market, a park, and several restaurants serving local dishes. Visitors can also go to the camel race track and beautiful bars such as Wadi Salahi and Wadi Hibi, located in the vicinity of the city.
10. Rub' al Khali
As one of the largest sand deserts in the world, Rub 'al Khali (the Empty Quarter) is a sight for anyone visiting Oman. It is found in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula and also covers parts of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. It is home to a number of interesting wild animals, such as oryx, reptiles, and birds. The Ramlat Duhayth part of Rub 'al Khali is home to massive sand dunes that adventurous travelers like to hop on and off in 4x4 trucks on tours of the region. It is the only way to get to the dunes. It is highly recommended to go in groups to hit the dunes, because the cars get stuck in the sand, but that only adds to the adventure!
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