Travel and Leisure

Oman trip: stunning landscape and white-sand beaches

The Sultanate of Oman gives a view of the Arab world, which is more diverse than often thought. This ‘Pearl of the Mystic Arabia’ is one of the oldest civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula and renowned for its friendly, smiling and polite people with a great legacy of hospitality. The diversity of Oman’s stunning landscape and the scenic contrast of the mountains, the vast desert, pristine white-sand beaches, natural springs and lush green oases captivate the traveller in you thoroughly.

Its ancient history and rich Islamic heritage and culture left many tangible traces in prominent landmarks and an enduring culture. All this is evident in its hundreds of forts, castles, towers and mosques and helps you experience Oman’s timeless beauties. The myriad visages of the Sultanate, the ancient and the modern, its political stability, high security standards and its safe environment make it the perfect destination for those seeking a unique and fascinating travel experience.

Your Oman tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque* famed for its single piece carpet and Swarovski chandeliers. After spending some time viewing this architectural marvel, proceed to the Bait al Zubair Museum **, a private collection that uses the wealth of Oman’s historical past, to get an insight into the culture and traditions of this country.

Drive past the dazzling white villas of Shatti Al Qurum en route to Muttrah Harbour with its quaint, wooden dhows and fishing boats that unload their abundant wealth such as tuna, mackerel, sardines, king fish, prawns and crabs at the bustling fish market. Walk along the elegant Corniche to visit Muttrah Souq, the hub of most Omani activity where you will get a chance to mingle with the locals and enjoy a piping hot cup of tea at the café. Stroll past the tiny shops selling old silver jewellery and ornaments, frankincense, rare spices and much more.
Lying in a natural volcanic bowl is the old city of Muscat that faces a beautiful bay.
Two 16th century Portuguese forts – Mirani (the western fort) and Jalali (the eastern fort) – flank the Al Alam Palace where the Sultan receives guests and ministers.

Shorts, sleeveless and transparent attire is not allowed. Ladies must carry a scarf to cover their head and clothing must cover arms and legs fully. The Grand Mosque is closed on Thursdays and Fridays. On these days an alternative to the Grand Mosque will be a trip to Bandar Jussah which is a popular beach in the Muscat area with turquoise waters and majestic cliffs with unusual rock formations.

The Bait al Zubair Museum is closed on Fridays and on this day we suggest a tour of Nizwa and Oman’s Past or the half- day trip to Yitti, Bandar Khayran, and Seefa.

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