Monday, March 3

Things to do in Oman

Got a request via email based on this post which I asked my readers what they would like to see on the blog. Thus decided to generate a list of what Oman has to offer for visitors and locals alike.

Oman has a lot to offer due to its mixed terrain and blend of modern urban and rural lifestyle which is just a stone throw away from the main city capital. The beauty of Oman is that you don’t need to venture far to see what the country has to offer

Thus here you go my short list of ‘Things to do in Oman’:
What comes on top of the list and without a second thought is the most obvious obligatory visit to Nizwa and Bahla (you can also include a visit to Hajjar Mountains on the agenda), if you are currently in Oman and this isn’t already on your to-do list then you haven’t seen Oman!
Nizwa was the birthplace of Islam in Oman and the country’s ancient capital. The many castles and forts in the area were historically used as defensive bastions or look-out points. Visit the 17th-century round fort and the Souq famous for silver jewellery and pottery.
Next on the list of things to do would be a camping trip to the Sharqiyah Sands, which stretches almost 200 kilometers in length and 100 kilometers in width. The dunes offer a compelling desert landscape with the different shades of these shifting sands ideal for off-road driving. Bedouin families still live in this unique area and are a must-see/visit for any visitor to the desert.
Third things on the list can be a casual Dhow Ride where you can breeze past some of Muscat's most important landmarks on while you cruise along the coastline. Most tour agencies offer a great package of food and entertainment, plus snorkeling gear to enjoy during the trip.

Another on the list can be a visit to the picturesque Wadi Shab, Tiwi (don’t forget to stop at the Bimmah Sink Hole) maybe include a visit to Sur, and drive back to Muscat via Sharqiyah Road.

Well, I think I offered options for the various terrains that are on offer in Oman be it sea, desert, land, mountains and wadis. Another option available is to just visit various sites in the city capital such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, MuttrahFish Market and Muttrah Souk and Corniche,  Walk around Muscat Old Town to see Portuguese fortresses and the Sultan’s Palace, and then visit the Royal Opra House (why not catch a performance)  and a few museums there is also the option to visit the various shopping malls, beachs and parks around the city. 

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