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The Sultanate of Oman- Undisturbed gem in the Middle-East Oman may occupy just the tip of Arabian Peninsula but it is the heart and soul of the Middle-East. Effortless natural beauty, vibrant culture and extremely warm and cordial locals make a must-visit for every traveller. Unlike its neighbours, Oman is very humble. The Grand Mosque at Muscat holds the world’s largest and heaviest chandelier layered with gold and Swarovski stones until its neighbour UAE stole the title. This is peppery as Oman is least interested in being grandiloquent about the ‘firsts’ or the ‘biggests’. But it swanks its rich culture and heritage with pride.
The Sultanate of Oman has rapidly developed with its oil wealth. The unique heritage protection strategies have immensely helped Oman save and beautifully preserve its Bedouin culture. An unexplored land of forts, Oman has the third-longest current reigning monarch in the world. A coastline with good length engulfed with dusky deserts makes Oman a perfect destination for outdoor activities and unique attractions.
Although Muscat not the largest city in Oman, its capital is definitely it's most popular. Surrounded by mountains and desert, the city is a perfect mix of modern and historical, with grand mosques and 16th-century Portuguese forts standing beside large scale shopping centres and high rises. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the main mosque in Oman dominates the Muscat skyline and is a must-visit.
Salalah, the second largest city of Oman, rests on the southern-most coastal region of the country. With mountainous regions on the northern side and sandy beaches on the southern side, this little pocket of sunshine has become quite a popular stop for tourists.
Salalah is also one of the only areas in Oman that experiences low temperatures or seasonal rain, especially in their monsoon season. Activities include seeing the waterfalls, paddling on the Wadi Darbat, making footprints along Mirbat Beach, getting drenched with water at Al Mughsayl Blowholes, or even experiencing neutral driving down the Salalah Anti Gravity Point..
Among the highest and most majestic mountains of Oman, lies the historic city of Nizwa. Known as "The Pearl of Islam", the conservative yet open nature of Nizwa makes it the second-largest tourist destination in Oman! The ancient city was once the hub for trade, education, religion and art. Surrounded by date palms and banana plantations, Nizwa is a diverse city with many historical and agricultural attractions. It is full of attractions like the Nizwa Fort, the Souq, Jebel Akhdar and much more.
Rumoured to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect blend of culture and contemporary societies. The city has huge malls and skyscrapers, some of the most gorgeous beaches in Oman and souqs and monuments that are full of the country's history. A small drive into the outskirts of the city leads you to beautiful deserts. Sohar is full of things to do, whether it be watching a camel race, shopping for traditional handicrafts or simply exploring the splendid beaches.
Musandam is rich with modern architecture as well as serene beaches. It is a much-loved destination for scuba divers because of the clear waters and the amazing facilities at the destination. This Omani peninsula is bordered by rugged mountains and turquoise water bodies and guarded by two gulfs – the Arabian and the Omani. Rich in Arabian culture, mixed with that of Iran’s, Musandam is rich in its ethnicity as well.
Musandam also contains one of the most important and the busiest waterways- the Strait of Hormuz. Moreover, the tallest peak in the region, Jebel Harim is studded with fossils of fish and other marine animals that are over 250 million years old. These varied sights coupled with a rich and diverse culture make Musandam an astonishing destination to explore.
The beautiful Wadi Shab is an extremely famous outdoor destination for locals and tourists in Oman. The beautiful wadi is packed during the peak season of November to March because it surrounded by picturesque hills, date palms and the gorgeous waterfall inside one of the caves in the mountain. However, to reach there you will need to hike for about 40 minutes. The hike takes you through a beautiful but rugged path where you will see two to three pools where you can swim. You could even dive into the pools from the mountain cliffs or from inside the cave!
Located in the north-west of Oman and bordering A’Dhahirah, Al Buraimi is a semi-desert plain that descends from the southern slopes of the western Al Hajar Mountains. Ruins in the area, such as those found at the villages of Sharm and Madhbah, highlight the existence of ancient trade routes.