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 7 Reasons to Visit OMAN

 

  By Nicole Brewer 

 

While residing in Oman this year I managed to visit some amazingly gorgeous destinations.  Oman is becoming a major player in the exotic destinations realm for travel enthusiast alike and it is not hard to see why.  It has stunning landscapes filled with date plantations, hiking routes and 5 star resorts.  This list will include some of the awe-inspiring destinations I visited while teaching English in the Pearl of the Middle East, Oman.

 

 

The Muscat Royal Opera House

 

The Royal Opera House is a special treat for you if you are an architecture enthusiast.  The milky white cream marble and concrete floors will indeed knock your socks off! The Sultanate of Oman, who’s hobby is a composer it seems, specifically designed this masterpiece to attract more musically inclined tourist and guest. Boy it sure shows!

 

 

Nizwa Fort

 

Just over an hour drive outside of Muscat is the historic city of Nizwa, which was the original capital of Oman! You’d be remiss if you do not make a trek to this gorgeous, quaint city to marvel at the architectural glamour of the Nizwa Fort which dates back to the 1650s. You’ll be amazed at the stunning detail of the décor, high ceilings; narrow hallways along with a great story of how the Omanis protected the land upon this massive castle and fort.  An extra bonus, are the tall date palm farms that you’ll see in passing in route to Nizwa.

 

 

Salalah

 

Salalah is a destination in Oman that is nestled down far south of the region.  It takes about a 12 hour drive from Muscat, but with their newly built airport you can now make it there in an hour time via Oman Air.  Many Omanis and expats alike visit here because of its lush green scenery due to the annual Indian Monsoon season known as the Khareef.  During the hot summer months, Salalah is the place to be in order to cool off and enjoy its vast array of beaches that are ideal for scuba diving, swimming, jet skiing and sailing!

 

 

Wahiba Sands

 

Wahiba Sands are located around 2 and half hours away from Muscat.  You do not want to miss the opportunity to camp out on massive sand dunes that run along the Arabian Sea or the chance to drive up and down them on a RV which are viable options if you take a desert safari camping trip.  The dunes are 100-150 meters high in shades of color that range from orange to hues of amber and gold.  Visiting the Wahiba Sands will definitely you your fix of Arabian adventure!

 

 

Sur

 

Sur is located close to 4 hours away from Muscat by car or bus.  Throughout the commute from Muscat you’ll pass huge wadis (river beds) and sparkling white beaches covered with multi colored shells and deep sculpted rock formations. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Turtle Reserve to see the small green turtles lay their eggs on the beach!  The reserve is 65 kilometers east of Sur City and can be reached through Al `Ayjah village.

 

 

The Grand Mosque-Muscat

 

A visit to Oman would not be complete without seeing His Majesty’s Sultanate Qaboos’ Grand Mosque.  It is the second largest mosque in the world, following the Mosque in Abu Dhabi.  The Grand Mosque boasts the largest chandelier in the world that weighs over 7 tons.  The interior walls of the mosque’s main hall are completely covered with white and dark grey marble. Timber panels stretch in a fashion that reflects the architectural development of high Omani ceilings. The mosque’s prayer hall floor is topped with a single Persian carpet made of 1,700 million knots which took about 27 months to make. Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the mosque every day, except Friday, from 8:30 until 11:00 am. Visitors are furthermore asked to dress modestly. Women are also required to cover their hair.

 

 

Jabal Akdar, Oman

 

If you want to partake in a local cultural tradition of Oman, than you should check out the area of Jabal Akdar during the harvesting season of the roses! In this mountainous region you can enjoy the ceremony of rose water being made, which is not only delicious but also very healthy for your body.  Thousands of roses are planted here annually and you can take a tour to learn how the process of rose water is done. Also of interest is the lookout over the canyon, which is named Diana’s Point, after the late Princess of Wales. She spent time here in the late 80s.

 

 

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