The Hajjar mountains. The wadis. The people. Omani halwa. Frankincense from Salalah…
There is so much that we love about Oman. The list is endless. We are going to feature 150 things we love about Oman through a special series of images, videos and artworks dedicated to the Sultanate. If you would like to contribute to the 150 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT OMAN series, write to us in no more than 50 words what you love about this enchanting country and why. We will publish the selected entries on our social media platforms.
A stunning edifice of modern Islamic architecture, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the most photographed and revered landmarks in Oman. A gift to the country and its people by the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the breathtakingly beautiful mosque is home to the second largest handwoven carpet in the world as well as a glorious chandelier in the men’s prayer hall that shimmers with thousands of crystals. The Grand Mosque features intricate artwork and designs on its walls and ceilings. We love how the mosque glimmers at night, evoking a sense of tranquility and peace.
Image courtesy: Baiju Jose
Al Alam Palace’s blue and gold façade together with its contemporary Islamic design makes the royal residence not only one of the most recognised landmarks of Oman but also a remarkable example of stunning architecture. Although the palace is not open to public, it rarely stops visitors and residents from swarming the area in front and around the edifice. The palace’s cube-shaped structure features shimmering marble surfaces, elaborate patterns, and striking colours. Walking around the beautifully paved grounds in front of and around the palace in the evenings is a lovely experience.
Submitted by Anne Kurian
Image courtesy: Márvio Da Paz
A stunning vision to behold, the Royal Opera House Muscat was one of the first opera theatres to be constructed in the Gulf. Together with globally acclaimed acts and renowned groups performing at the Royal Opera House Muscat, the structure is also heralded for its fine architecture featuring marble, wood and Arabesque designs. Adjacent to the Royal Opera House is the Opera Galleria, which hosts a number of premium boutiques, restaurants and cafes. This marvellous building is undoubtedly one of the best opera houses in the world.
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Image courtesy: Khalid Al Busaidi
The long stretch of turquoise blue waters, white sand and cliff on both sides makes Mughsail beach one of the most picturesque locations in Salalah.
The winds, the sweeping tides, and the restless waves have a sort of majestic wonder and beauty in them.
I love the beach for its calming effect on me, especially the walk along the shore towards Al Marnif caves, at the west end of which lies the blowholes. Watching the sun set from this beach is one of the most magnificent moments you can experience in Salalah.
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From the cheese chips sandwich to having straight from the bag, I feel everyone who has been brought up or even lived in the Sultanate would have immense love for Chips Oman. The popularity of Chips Oman is such that the red and blue packets often are part of travelers’ luggage, especially of students who travel from Oman to other countries to pursue higher education. Chips Oman is quintessentially local and I would even go as far as to say that it is the unofficial national snack.
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Artwork courtesy: Sibghat Masood
The cliffs of Hasik form part of the breathtaking limestone formations that run along most of Dhofar’s coastline – this area makes for a spectacular drive. Positioned at the most eastern end of the Dhofar coast before the cliffs of Jebel Samhan interrupt, Hasik is worth the two-hour drive from Salalah for the journey as much as the the destination itself.
Luminous clouds billow down from the jebel (mountain) and high winds whip across the water, sending the surf backwards as the waves roll forward. Glossy cormorants cluster like oil slicks in the coves and waders shelter from the seasonal fury amid drifts of pink top shells.
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Image courtesy: Zasha Malhotra
The picturesque winding Amerat Heights will always be one of my favourite stretches of Oman. Having moved from the Sultanate, I miss swirling around that mountain at odd hours. 2 a.m.views were the best from up there. The winding road connecting Amerat and Bousher has a hundred lampposts along the way. It always reminded me of candles lit on a birthday cake.
Submitted by: Binny Mary Paul
Image courtesy: Sibghat Masood
Al Hoota Cave is a convergence of history, geography, and science at the same place, making it a mesmerising experience. The wondrous stalagmite and stalactite formations, one resembling a lion and another a giant slice of cheese reminiscent of ‘Tom & Jerry’, are breathtaking and truly amazing. Dearly called by the locals as Bu Naseh (meaning “sincere friend” in Arabic / urdu), the blind fishes of the cave’s lake, is a wonder of evolution. All these unique features make Al Hoota Cave undoubtedly a landmark location of Oman.
Submitted by Lakshmi Venkatesan
Image Courtesy: Al Hoota Cave Website
Shawarma is a little roll of heaven, and an integral part of the Omani food culture, which, although a snack, doubles up as a meal at any time of the day. Although its roots trace back to Turkey, shawarma is a dish that has been adopted not just by the people of Oman but the country too. A 5-inch culinary delight that explodes with flavours of tahini, mayonnaise, and fries, best accompanied by a beverage, shawarma tops my list of things I love about Oman.
Submitted by: Manasvini Sharma @thesharmagirl
An astounding natural beauty to visit is Pebble Beach, at Muscat-Sur road. The turquoise shades of water make the horizon incredibly beautiful. One can find different colours and shapes of pebbles with soft curves and to look for the perfect ovals is a delightful experience. The long stretch of turquoise bay is surely an exciting experience that one cannot miss. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the pebble beach gives you a serene and mindful experience.
Submitted by: Shital Santhosh
My memory rewinds to 18 years ago: my first touchdown in Oman. When I felt the warmth of the citizens, I knew I was making a home. The people radiate happiness and compassion like the endless deserts of Oman. Generosity, kind-heartedness and hospitality are a few words synonymous with the people of Oman. The unfolding of the greatest things of Oman undoubtedly begins with its people. And undoubtedly, what I love most about Oman is its people.
Submitted by: Mala Sharma
If someone relishes being taken back into time and enjoys spending some time alone, then the traditional village and ruins of the Birkat Al Mouz, around 90 minutes’ drive from Muscat, is the place to be. An incessant reminder of the beauty of Oman, the site consists of the ruins of a mud- brick fortress and some intricately painted colorful Omani doors. Its old yet active Falaj Irrigation system is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. The area unfolds into a large banana plantation and tiny colorful fish can be spotted in the small water streams interspersed between the ruins, representing hope and resurrection. A must visit while you are on the way to the Jebel Akhdar Mountains.
Submitted by: Dr. Priti Sambhalwal
A cool rush of breeze and excitement greets you as you step on the warm, idyllic sand of Dahariz Beach. The sea is always cold and exhilarating, the view is always breathtaking. It's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, who often stay till the evening to watch the magnificent sunset.
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The one thing which comes in my mind when I think of Oman is Riyam Park Monument. Riyam Park is located in the East of Muttrah Corniche. Beyond Muttrah fort, the Corniche leads to Al Riyam Park that offers fine views of the harbour from the giant ornamental incense burner statue on a hilltop. The park is on the path of a popular hike (C 38) that links Muttrah with Muscat. Riyam Park is a vast open area with trees, benches and statues. There are play areas provided in the bottom and upper sides of the park with swings, slides and some adventurous activities. Riyam Park is a popular spot for walking, exercising, cycling, and playing.
Submitted by: Veda Sarath
The aromatic fragrance of Omani Kahwa & Halwa is my morning ritual. Halwa is a sweet gelatinous mixture flavoured with saffron, cardamom, ghee, nuts and rose water, which is served with Kahwa (Omani Coffee). . It's a tradition here in Oman, served at gatherings and festivities to show love and respect and hospitality to one another.
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From the warm and glowing golden sands, to the salty breeze and turquoise waters, Qantab Beach is nothing short of paradise. Unlike any other, the friendly fishermen welcome you for banter and their smiles will inspire and rejuvenate you. On a busy day, you would find older people enjoying the tranquility and children collecting colourful seashells. As far as littering of the beach is considered, there is none; that is a beauty on its own.
Submitted by: Aparna Krishnan Reshmy
The Royal Opera House Muscat put Oman on the global cultural map. One of the most iconic buildings in the Sultanate, Royal Opera House Muscat is a stunning edifice and the beacon of music and cultural arts. We have seen world class acts from around the world in Muscat, thanks to ROHM. Apart from hosting the finest of shows. ROHM is an architectural beauty and can transform from an opera house to a concert hall seamlessly thanks to the state-of-the-art technology used.
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One of the best memories I have of Oman is going out into the sea on the boat over the weekend to watch dolphins. The shoals of dolphins that can be found in Oman is stunning. We loved going out into the sea, slowing down midway to watch the dolphins that would be all around us. They play, sometimes swim alongside the boat and often put up a show, as if to delight the viewers.
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A landmark in Oman that we take just about every visitor to is the Bait Al Zubair Museum. For a quick yet immersive cultural lesson on the Sultanate, there couldn’t be a better place than the Bait Al Zubair Museum. There is so much one can learn about the country and its culture by visiting this edifice. Although we have been there many times, it’s always a pleasure to go back to the museum. And if there is an art show in the gallery attached to the museum, then it was always an extra treat.
Submitted by: Pramod Raj
Ras Al Jinz is one of the best natural habitats to visit in the Sultanate of Oman. I remember enjoying the sunset and sunrise on this beautiful beach while large turtles made their way to the beach to create pits to lay eggs. It is quite magical to see them dig resiliently and slide slowly back to the water after laying their eggs on this beautiful beach.
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Majestic and breathtakingly beautiful, the Hajar mountains are a sight to behold. Set against the azure blues of the sea, the Hajar mountains captivate you right from the moment you set eyes on them. There are areas of the mountain range that can be explored on a 4WD. The mountain range is lovely to explore on foot as well and has some well-trodden hiking trails that make for an exciting hike on the terrain.
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About 150 kilometres away from Muscat lies the picturesque Wakan village. The village lies about 2,000 meters above sea level in Wadi Mastal and one of the highlights of the journey is the scenic drive to reach Wakan. One of our favourite activities when visiting Wakan is to gather fresh pomegranates from the trees. And while Japan has flowering sakura trees, Oman has beautiful apricot blossoms that bloom in full glory from June to August in Wakan. This is a sight not to be missed.
Submitted by: Alice Thomas
Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel is the epitome of luxury. The exquisite hotel is one of the most iconic buildings in Oman. The stunning chandelier in the lobby is undoubtedly the cynosure of the hotel. Al Bustan Palace hotel tops in food, service, and facilities. Every visit to the hotel feels like visiting a palace. Summer staycations at Al Bustan Palace is something my family and I enjoy every year.
Submitted by: Rajlakshmi Sekhar
I find the traditional Omani women's attire extremely beautiful. The intricately embroidered long tunic, referred to as the thobe, and the loose-fitting trousers called sirwal accompanied by a dressy scarf known as lahaf to cover the head makes up the gorgeous traditional outfit. This outfit is often accessorized by women with gold jewelry that includes head ornaments, neckpieces, bangles and rings.
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A favourite haunt of residents of Oman, Kalbu Park is a lovely area by the Corniche. As kids we were taken to Kalbu Park from school on picnics. This is also the park we visited over the weekends where we enjoyed ice creams from the small shop located inside and played for hours on end as the adults played cards or chatted amongst themselves. It's a beautiful stretch to walk and even has a spot from where one can enter the water for a swimming session.
Submitted by: Janice Perreira
A beautiful and quaint town in Dhofar, Mirbat is one of my favourite destinations in Oman. No visit to Salalah is complete without a mandatory trip to Mirbat's ancient ruins. The Mirbat fort and the Castle are two historical buildings to visit. The beautiful beach with its white sand is a spot that is hard to resist. A coastal town, Mirbat is home to old fishing villages that are steeped in history.
Submitted by: Sabiha Yakub
Revered as the gift of kings, Omani frankincense is the finest in the world. An integral part of Omani culture, frankincense is used in almost homes and even commercial establishments to perfume the area. The sweet smelling resin from Dhofar has been used in our home ever since we moved to Oman many years ago. It has become a ritual to burn frankincense at home in the morning and evening. The scent of frankincense is both calming and therapeutic.
Submitted by: Aliyah Mansoor
The multi-cultural ecosystem of Oman is one of the highlights of the nation. People from across the globe have made Oman their home. This has been made possible because of the people of Oman who have been welcoming and make everyone who comes to this beautiful country feel at home. Cultural diversity and racial harmony go hand-in-hand in this nation we call home.
Submitted by: Fahad Khalil
I love about Oman is the hospitable nature of its people. It is not an exaggeration to say that the citizens of Oman are one of the most welcoming and warm people in the region. As someone who has been living in the Sultanate for many years, I can vouch for the fact that the inclusiveness and generosity of the people of Oman; this has made it easier for people like me to stay in this lovely country.
Submitted by: Haya Saad
Although I am not from Oman, this has been my home since birth. I love the fact that Oman and its people have never made me feel anything but welcomed. I feel one with the people of Oman. The warmth that the country offers is unmatchable. One never feels alone here. There is always someone to help you out if the need arises.
Submitted by: Dua Zafar
Muscat Festival has been one of the annual events that we have been going to as kids. While the adults love to shop, we love getting on the rides, trying our luck at various games and enjoying the different types of food available there. We especially love the fireworks that take place every night during Muscat Festival. We never miss an opportunity to visit the Muscat Festival venue every year.
Submitted by: Maria Zafar
The national airline of Oman is one of my favourite carriers. Right from the service to the meals to the crew who are ever helpful, Oman Air has been an airline I have been flying with since my childhood. The airlines have gone through a lot of change and has only gotten better over the years. Be it economy or business class, Oman Air excels beyond words.
Submitted by: Kumail Jafri
Oman’s National Day celebrations are among the best of the events held in the country. I love how the capital gets lit up every year in the lead up to November 18. Oman’s National Day is a time of joy and togetherness, celebrated by both the nationals and expats. The fireworks, the commemorative mementoes, and the special events held across various establishments in the city make every National Day.
Submitted by: Farah Amjad
What I absolutely love about Oman is the ease with which we can commute. Within the cities, especially Muscat, getting to different places is hassle-free. Traffic is rarely backed up and tiresome. It also helps that Oman has a well-structured road network that helps for the smooth flow of traffic. We are quite lucky to be able to get to different places in just about every city of Oman with ease.
Submitted by: Malvika Asher
The peace and tranquillity that Oman offers is second to none. A peace-loving country, Oman has been the purveyor of diplomacy and harmony. The legacy of the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, who was an icon of peace, runs through the very core of the country and its
The peaceful nature of the Sultanate is also one of its most attractive characteristics.
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Long drives with family and friends have always been a source of excitement, especially on trips to Jebel Akhdar. Designated as a Nature Reserve in 2011 to conserve its unique yet fragile biodiversity, Jebel Akhdar is one of the highest points in Oman. It is known for its traditional rose water extraction, along with pomegranates, grapes, peaches, walnuts and apricots. The local farmers of ancient Arab tribes who lived on this mountain for hundreds of years have improved agricultural practices for the growth of trees and shrubs, naming the peak - the "Green Mountain" of Oman.
Submitted by: Shreya Srikanth
Reminiscing my memories of sailing in the dhows of Oman, their architecture and the craftsmanship stands par excellence among the Arabian culture. The word 'dhow' is synonymous to the traditional Arabian boats with wooden hulls. The exceptional talent of building a dhow has been a unique trademark for the Sultanate of Oman. The skill of dhow making has been passed on from generation to generation, and craftsmen from Sur and Sidab continue to thrive on this skill, making Oman a frontrunner in the building of modern dhows.
Submitted by: Satish Sharma
The Majlis-Ash-Shura intrigued me in learning about the legislative assembly of Oman. It is a commonly used term for elected assemblies with legislative powers in Arabic-speaking or Islamic nations. Apart from its political significance, the grandeur of the Majlis-Ash-Shura edifice is what captivates when one drives past. Overlooking the Gulf of Oman and set against the backdrop of the Hajar mountains, the parliament building is one of the most photogenic spots featuring Omani architecture. Along with its brilliant illumination, the Majlis is a sight to behold, especially after sunset. I have never missed taking my visitors to this landmark of Oman.
Submitted by: Srikanth
One of the oldest cities of Oman, Nizwa was among the first places I visited when I travelled to Oman. One of the main attractions of this city is the Nizwa Fort. The Nizwa Fort stands as a true testament to the architectural ingenuity of Oman. Although it was built in the 1650s, the designs of the fort date back to that of the 12th century. The Nizwa Fort is complete with advanced military defence, including cannons, false doors and secret shafts. The historical and picturesque fort not only contains well-maintained exhibits, but also has artifacts displayed in different rooms. It is undoubtedly one of Oman's most visited national monuments.
Submitted by: Supritha
No pain, no gain goes the saying. This couldn’t be truer for Saal’s Steps. A short distance away from Muscat and a popular day trek destination, Saal’s Steps is a gruelling but rewarding climb up steep steps. The reward lies at the top, which is the mesmerising view from the top. Saal’s Streps (also known as Devil’s Steps) is a popular practise trek route those heading to Kilimanjaro and Everest Base camp. A must visit if you like to combine adventure and exercise.
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My family and I were on the lookout for a quiet picnic spot, when a spur-of-the-moment plan prompted us to visit the Quriyat Dam. The Quriyat Dam or Wadi Dayqah Dam is a quiet spot with a breath taking view. It is ideal for a quick getaway. An afternoon visit during winters and a beautiful sunset makes the Quriyat Dam nature's treat to Oman.
Submitted by: Yashasvini Sharma
Bimmah Sinkhole, a popular tourist spot, is a water depression which was often believed to have formed because a meteorite fell on the spot. The destination never changed when we were out on a road trip, but it never got boring. Once we reached the sinkhole, we used to play in the open area and then walk down to the sinkhole. During every trip we used to take breadcrumbs for the fish in the lake. The tiny fish in the lake would nibble on our feet in what could be described as a mini fish spa experience.
Submitted by: Kalpana Raghuram
Dimaniyat islands, one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Oman, is nothing short of being heavenly. The crystal-clear water makes swimming and snorkelling a wonderful experience. One gets to see a wide variety of fishes and corals. Aside from the invigorating snorkelling experience, we thoroughly enjoyed walking around the island.
Submitted by: Kavitha Raghuram @kaviitthhaaa
One of the finest castles in the Sultanate, Jabreen Castle is an architectural beauty. Spread over five floors, this castle is both impressive and unique. A falaj can be found running through the middle of the castle. Beautiful paintings on the ceilings and the Omani craftsmanship around the structure are two highlights of the castle. The Sun and Moon room is outstanding and features some remarkable calligraphy. This 17th century edifice is one of my favourite monuments in Oman.
Submitted by: Brijesh Rao
Oman's cleanliness is what captured my attention when I came to the country. The spic and span roads, dwelling areas and the environment leaves a lasting impression on both residents and visitors alike. It's amazing and heartening to see how the nationals and residents come together to keep this beautiful country clean. Many years ago, the renowned late author Kushwant Singh had praised the cleanliness of the country following his visit to the Sultanate. It is no wonder that Oman ranks in the top three least polluted countries.
Submitted by: Saira Gerdezi
As a beach lover, I feel blessed to live in Oman. While the Sultanate is home to many beautiful beaches thanks to the lovely coastline, the one place I love to visit when I want to spend a few days by the beach is Al Ashkarah. The beaches of Al Ashkarah provide the perfect getaway for the sun, sea and surf lover. This is also a great spot to indulge in fishing, especially in the company of the friendly, local fishermen.
Submitted by: Asif Khan
We first visited Wadi Shab right after the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2012. It is one of the most exciting spots in Oman. Besides the beauty of the wadi, this is a great spot to swim and explore. The stunning wadi, as valleys are popularly known in Oman, has a beautiful river and secret waterfall within a cave. The entire experience of swimming and hiking to get to the secret cave in Wadi Shab is a remarkable experience and one that should not be missed.
Submitted by: Rohit John
A place we have visited since childhood, the Muttrah Corniche holds a dear place in my heart. The long stretch by the Corniche has been a favourite place to walk for my parents and for us kids to cycle. Now my friends and I buy tea from the shops across the road and sit by the corniche watching the dhows and the large cruise ships that are docked. We especially love going to the Corniche when the weather is cool. The Corniche is a great spot to click Insta-worthy images!
Submitted by: Saritha Sreejith
Exploring Majlis Al Jinn is an experience that I will always cherish. Overwhelming and stupefying, the gigantic underground cave is a wonderful place to visit. Also known as Salma Plateau, the cave is a wonderful ground for exploration and is even a great spot to camp. We spent the night a little away from the cave and it was one of most tranquil experiences ever. There are other caves nearby that are also lovely to explore.
Submitted by: Saira Rafi
The Sharqiya Sands is where we head to when the cooler season arrives in Oman. We love going to the desert and enjoying the stillness of the vast space. We especially enjoy dune bashing and even sand surfing. Camping in the Sharqiya sands is a unique and quite heartening experience. This is also a lovely spot to sharpen one's desert driving skills.
Submitted by: Rohit Nair
Wadi Bani Khalid is one of our favourite getaways in Oman. It is the spot we head to when we want to spend a blissfully relaxing afternoon. A true oasis, the beautiful pool at the end of the steps you climb down is stunning and perfect to swim on a balmy day. The beauty of the rugged ravine is offset by palm trees. A great picnic spot, it’s a beautiful and tranquil spot to spend an entire day at.
Submitted by: Nimisha Joy
Naseem Garden holds a lot of lovely memories for me. As a child, Naseem Garden was one of the places that we were taken to from school. It was almost like a ritual visit for my family; we used to visit Naseem Garden at least once a month for many years. The playground in Naseem Gardens was where my siblings and I would spend most of our time. Sometimes we would take our bicycles and cycle around the vast garden. More recently, we frequent Naseem Garden during Muscat Festival.
Submitted by: Karishma Bilimoria
One of the most appealing factors of Oman is the natural beauty. There are so many spots one can visit and not get tired of. One such place is Bandar Khayran. This is a place that we head out to for a day trip as well as for camping. The beautiful landscape of Bandar Khayran is not only mesmerising but is also the perfect place to relax. We love swimming and snorkelling in the clear emerald waters around Bandar Khayran.
Submitted by: Smitha Thomas
A 17th century edifice, the Khasab Fortress is an architectural beauty. The fortress and the surroundings give you a glimpse into life in Oman in the olden days, especially with special emphasis on the architecture from the time. The well-preserved fort is divided into two – an ethnographic museum and a housing exhibition that takes one back to the days of yore. There are real boats that portray the seafaring heritage of Musandam on the fortress grounds that are just as attractive as the structure itself.
Submitted by: Ali Moosa
An annual trip that we try to go on is to Masirah Island. The postcard perfect island is a fascinating destination to head to over the weekend. My family and I enjoy heading out to Masirah Island over a weekend to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the place. This desert island is a great place to watch turtles coming to lay eggs as well as spot a large species of birds. The unspoiled coastline with its turquoise waters is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque spots in Oman.
Submitted by: Angelique Naz
Oman is a diver’s and snorkeler’s delight. While there are many places that one can indulge their water fantasies in, one of my absolute favourites is Telegraph Island and the waters around it. The island gets its name from a station there that was used to boost the British telegraph messages along the Persian Gulf cable line - part of the London–Karachi telegraph cable in the 19th century. The water around the island is ideal for snorkelling and boasts of some of the most colourful fishes one can spot in the waters surrounding Oman.
Submitted by: Joel Barrows
The sight of the white sandy dunes as you drive in Al Khaluf is nothing short of breathtaking. Even for an intrepid traveler like me, the Sugar Dunes of Al Khaluf never cease to amaze. The place where the desert meets the sea, Sugar Dunes is as alluring as it is challenging. Getting there, especially driving through the desert, might not be the easiest but is worth every challenge that you might face. The picture-perfect spot is ideal for camping and the sea is a water lover’s dream come true.
Submitted by: Celia Negrin
One of the main attractions of Muscat, Muttrah Souq is a place one never actually tires of. Aside from being a huge tourist attraction, Muttrah Souq is a popular haunt for the locals and residents as well. The souq is a great place to search for antiques and old jewellery. Bargaining is key here and having an eye for detail really helps as there are some amazing treasures to be found in some of the shops inside the souq's labyrinthine alleys.
Submitted by: Laila Ahmed
Picturesque, quiet and clean, the As’ Sifah Bach has to be one of the best in in Oman. I love the beach for the tranquility it offers. We used to camp many weekends at As Sifah Beach and swam in the sea. The long stretch has been a favourite of many campers and is also a great daytime getaway. The quaint village in the vicinity Is a lovely spot explore when in As Sifah.
Submitted by: Reema John
Oman is blessed with majestic mountain ranges and one of our favourites is Jebel Shams. Peaceful, soothing and beautiful, Jebel Shams is the ideal getaway when we want to enjoy uninterrupted access to nature and tranquility. A perfect destination for day trips, we often camp on this beautiful mountain. During the day, the stunning Wadi Ghul, also known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia, is a sight to take in. One could spend hours just sitting on one of the cliffs and taking in the beauty around.
Submitted by: Lilith Banks
I am a big fan of this meal. Words cannot explain the pleasure and happiness I feel tucking into a plate of this dish cooked under the ground. It usually served in occasions like Eid but now we can order this spectacular dish from restaurant that specialise in Omani food. The flavour of this dish stems from the mode of cooking, which involves marinating meat in Omani spices, wrapping it in banana or palm leaves and leaving it to cook in an underground pit. for two days. Served along with rice, this is the ultimate Omani meal.
Submitted by: Marwa Al jabri
I visited the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum a few years back when I accompanied a few friends who wanted to visit the museum. I just tagged along thinking I would stay back in the garden or not complete the tour, but I surprised myself. I was hooked onto the words of the museum guide all through. The amazing stories that are shared about Oman and its history leaves you spellbound. This is the only military museum in Oman and is worth a visit. I have not had a chance to go back, but it’s a museum I will definitely be visiting again.
Submitted by: Neil D’Souza
A charming Omani village in the Al Hamra region, Misfat Al Abriyeen is a wonderful place to visit. We used to picnic at Misfat Al Abriyeen at least once a year and now it has become a favourite haunt of both locals and residents alike, especially over the last few months. The mud houses, the shaded passageways and the quaintness of the place makes Misfat Al Abriyeen a great choice for a lovely day trip. A café run by a couple of enterprising young Omanis was recently launched there and is a great spot to indulge in some traditional tea and coffee before setting out to explore the rest of Misfat Al Abriyeen.
Submitted by: Junitha Fernandes
Khasab, dubbed as ‘Norway of Arabia’, is well-known for its fjords. Khor Shem, a sheltered 17 km long fjord has crystal clear and calm water that is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. The fjord can also be enjoyed on a traditional dhow ride, during which you get the opportunity to spot dolphins. The crystal clear waters of Khor Shem make this area one of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world.
Submitted by: Arundas Haridas
The cosmopolitan culture of Oman is a beautiful balance of speed, serenity, vibrancy, tradition and modernity blending in its dance forms. Al-Ayyalah, Alazi and Taghrodah- are three traditional dance forms recognised by the UNESCO Intangible Culture Heritage list.
In Al-Ayyalah dance form, men in two rows face each other, carrying bamboo sticks, chanting poetry and playing drum music. Taghrodah is put in action by camel-riders and is mostly staged in Dhofar, Batinah, Dhahirah, Sharqiyah and Al Wusta region of the Sultanate, while Alazi is performed as a sendoff in weddings.
This laudable patronage not only caters to the entertainment needs but also preserves the alluring Arabian charm.
Submitted by: Kanvi N Bhargav
In the interiors of north-western Oman, is a protohistoric ensemble of settlements dated to the necropolises from the 3rd millennium BCE worldwide - An archaeological site of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn.
Bat is a cluster of seven monumental stone towers standing in a confluence of a circular outer wall and two rows of parallel compartments on either side of a central wall. Distinctively, Al-hutm is a stand-alone tower. The discovery of Al-Ayn has brought to light the extensive “beehive” tombs located on the top of the rocky slopes surrounding Bat. Al-Ayn is famously associated with small single-chambers and round tombs.
Celebrate traditions through an experience by being part of the historic journey.
Submitted by: Anugrahar Menon
In my opinion, nothing beats a relaxed evening by the beach and having some dates with traditional black coffee. The residents of Oman have maintained a close relationship with date palms since ages. Despite being a comfort fruit, date palm has excellent source of energy and healthy nutrition; and is also a revenue earner for the Sultanate of Oman. The date harvest stretches over three to four months and there are several different types of dates, the most popular in Oman being Khalas, Khunaizi and Fargh/Fard. Date palm constitutes 80% of all fruit crops produced making Oman the 8th largest producer of dates in the world.
Submitted by: Asalah Al Hassani
In Oman, you do not need to drive out of the city to see breathtaking sights.
Shatti Al Qurum Beach is one of my favorite spots in the world to watch the sunset.
Seeing the bright orange colors in the sky and the Arabian Sea changing to all shades of pink and purple, brings a sense of longing, yet belonging over you.
It is at this moment you realize Oman will always have a piece of your heart.
Submitted by: Jaime Beer
When you feel safe and sleep in peace, remember there’s incredible hard work put together by a team. The team of front liners we call Police, the same team that rushes to help with precision and speed. I remember as a little girl, on her way to school. A bus full of children feeling the morning blues. Suddenly we would sight a blue and white vehicle, with heroes standing outside, ready and able. Bright smiles on our face and hearts full of pride, because the Police man right there just waved us goodbye!
Submitted by: Caroline D’Souza
Have you ever gone through a portal? That’s the feeling you have when you enter this cave in Al Khaluf village. The absolute silence when walking through, and suddenly hearing the sound of a wave crashing and seeing the beautiful sight of the ocean awaiting before you, is mesmerizing.
This place is definitely worth a visit!
Submitted by: Louise Marx
If you are looking to explore some of Oman’s beautiful beaches and clear waters, Ras Madrakkah is the place to see.
This is a small, quiet town, situated 637km from Muscat.
My husband and I recently took the coastal route on our road trip from Muscat to Salalah and I’m so glad we decided to spend a night camping at this location!
It’s a great place for swimming, wild camping and fishing. We were lucky to see turtles hatching from their nest and making their way to the ocean during sunrise.
Submitted by: Mika Flowerday
Animal lovers, here is a magical place in Oman you can visit; For the unawares, Oryx is the largest wild animal in the Arabian Peninsula and the National animal of Oman - its beauty memorialised even in Arab literature. It is also known as the Arabian Unicorn for its long, pointed horns. Brought back from the verge of extinction, Oman now has over 700 Oryx at the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary — first national reserve in the Sultanate. Situated in Al Wusta Governorate the Sanctuary is one of Oman’s pride. Watching these animals in their natural habitats remind me how important it is to preserve endangered species.
Submitted by: Alka Singh Patwal
As a resident of Oman, I am proud when I think about the Sultan Qaboos University Library and how it has encouraged growth for academics in Oman. In 1986, Oman opened its only public university Sultan Qaboos University with only 500 students, there are now more than 7,000! The Main Library was established along with the University in 1986 and is the largest library in the Sultanate in terms of space, collection and number of users. Apart from establishing support for academics and research programs of the university, The Main Library, has also extended its services beyond the university community by providing library memberships to all citizens and residents in Oman.
Submitted by: Aysha Al Moqbali
I love the breathtaking clear view of night sky visible from many places in Oman, such as the Jabel Shams, Jabel Akhtar, Turtle reserve, or any area away from artificial lights.
The sky there lights up with a million stars, as if in a photoshopped screensaver. Even without a telescope, the view is awe-inspiring and we cannot stop staring at the cosmos.
For me, the sky gazing in Oman has been the most heavenly experience on Earth.
Submitted by: Ajayan Poyyara
Unlike the extreme hot weather in the rest of Oman and amidst the mountains, wadis, beaches, desert; Salalah transforms into a natures paradise during the Khareef season. In Arabic “Khareef” means “autumn” and the weather in Salalah during this time attracts tourists from all across the globe. From light rain to drizzle over 24 hours, Salalah embraces jaw dropping greenery. The lush greens, the waterfalls along with the pleasant climate and refreshing white fog at the mountain tops makes the Khareef season a special time to visit Salalah.
Submitted by: Sajil C Jabbar
The view from the watchtower located above Oman’s only Suspension Bridge, the Ayjah Bridge (Khor al Batah Bridge) in Sur is simply amazing. The watchtower looks over the hanging bridge, the estuary, the picture-perfect village of Aijah and the hustle-bustle of city life. It so perfectly captures the new and old, the urban and the rural, humans and nature.
Submitted by: Anoop Subash
One of the recent places I have visited in Oman is Ain Sahban Springs, known more commonly as Sulphur springs. A bit less known before but now on everyone’s Insta page. The milky blue shade of sulphur brings a surreal feel while the contrast of blue against the brown makes it all the more striking. It is unique among all the Wadis in Oman and is one of my favourite destinations.
Submitted by: Supin James
One of the best things about Oman is the open access we have to green spaces, where we can all enjoy the elements of nature. Even inside the capital Muscat city, there is a variety of such spaces - beaches, mountains, parks, even a natural reserve. This is a phenomenon throughout the country, with deserts, wadis, farms, and so on.
Submitted by: Firas Alchahef
Words cannot describe the picturesque marvel of Wadi Darbat which is located only a few kilometres behind Taqa, a beach city in Dhofar Region. When it enters Khawr Ruri, the wadi sculpts its way through hills and highlands. The cool temperature and the color of the water are surreal. The thick botanical cover and the yearlong natural spring adds color and life to the valley that surrounds the Wadi. The wadi’s water sliding from the mountains forms majestic waterfalls gushing from a height of up to 100 feet; thus making it my favourite spot to visit during the Khareef season.
Submitted by: Soumya Umanath
The eastern- most tip of the peninsula and the point of entrance to the Gulf of Oman is fondly called Ras Al-Hadd. This quaint village is located at the confluence of the Sea of Oman and Arabian Sea. The waterfront provides plenty of opportunities to lounge on the beach and the laidback village offers local dining, impressive cliffs, turquoise waters and quiet trails. World famous reserve for green turtles, the Ras Al Jinz, is about 66 kms from here. The place also boasts of a large influx of migratory birds. We loved the serenity that envelopes Ras Al Hadd and wish to visit there more often.
Submitted by: Humaid Nasser Humaid Al Kharusi
The trek to Wadi Tiwi proves to be an enthralling, adventurous one with the viewing of the prized pool at the end of the journey, adding a classic surprise element. The tantalizing journey to the Wadi combines an off road drive followed by a trek. A gorgeous pool at the wadi bend flanked by palm trees and stupendous wadi cliffs, lets one feel that the arduous trek was totally worth it. The wadi is sure to be any nature-lover’s hotspot.
Submitted by: Sujay Saldhana
Located close to the main road that connects Ras Al Hadd and Al Ashkharah is one of Oman’s best kept secret- the Pink Lakes. Yes, they are really pink! Not one, but a handful of such lakes line the coastline of Jalan that extend to around 180 kms. We had a wonderful time bird-watching migratory birds like the pink flamingoes that take shelter in the lakes. Studies show that the distinct pink color of the lakes are due to an algae called Dunalilla Salina. The lakes are a glorious sight to watch with the rustic pink shade standing out amidst the beige of the sand.
Submitted by: S.Jacob
An imposing pre-7th century structure known as Husn Al-Heem, was named after the state of Nakhal. It is uniquely built to fit around an irregularly shaped rock. Initially built as a protective measure for an oasis and nearby trade routes, were later transformed into the likeness of other historic forts by Imam Said Bin Sultan. Though the fort is now closed for some restoration procedures we enjoyed having a look at the exterior of the fort which adds to the panorama of the place. The quiet Wadi nearby and the lush fields around the fort were nothing but soothing.
Submitted by: Annie Melinda
Our trek up the slope of Jebel Qamar brought us to the tomb of Nabi Ayoub or Prophet Job, nestled in the lovely garden of a small mosque. Known as a righteous man of God, Nabi Ayoub is said to have suffered a great deal until God healed him off of his ailments. The tomb located in the lush, verdant mountain scapes of Dhofar, is a cultural and historic attraction. It is a boon for hikers and trekking fans since the climb up the tomb site provides breathtaking views of natural spaces lined with natural springs. This place is a must visit especially during the Khareef season.
Submitted by: Lalu P.K
Little did we know that this road could be unwinding surprises for us, as we traversed the Al Amerat Heights. An arterial mountainous highway from Al Amerat leading to the Boushar, yields amazing views from viewpoints high up on the hillock. The winding roads offers something that is off-beat and interesting as against the regular city-driving of commuters. The road is best covered at night, with the lights in the city glowing to form a mesmerizing visual treat. This place is a definite repeat destination for us.
Submitted by: Nithin. L
Oman is regarded as one of the best dive destinations in the world. Although Daymaniyat tops this list, the reefs of Al Fahal or the wreck site at Bandar Khayran are just as mesmerising. There are dive sites for both experienced divers and beginners, making it a great destination for all kinds of ocean lovers. Our dive was a quiet and beautiful one, filled with life from shoals of barracudas to sting rays and of course, a healthy reef teeming with life. If you are a scuba diver or an aspiring one, between October to May would be the best time to dive.
Submitted by: Rashida Tyebbhoy
Our pitstop at the quaint village about 33kms to east of Salalah, became one glorious destination when we went on a tour around the Taqah Castle. Standing in serene beauty, antique, yet captivating, the Taqah Castle was once the celebrated castle of Sheikh Ali bin Taman Al Ma’shani, a grandfather of the mother of Sultan Qaboos. The castle was renovated and has been open as a Museum since 1994. We were caught by surprise when we saw that the castle also had a prison at the ground floor. Artifacts like weapons, cookware, etc are displayed at the museum now.
Submitted by: Abdul Rahman
Our first visit to the City Amphitheatre left us gaping at the verdant green laws surrounding it, the modern architecture and an impressive central stage for outdoor events. It has become a crowd favourite for major events, both local and international. The amphitheater, strategically located in Al Qurum, can accommodate a whopping crowd of up to 5,000 people.
Submitted by: Maneesh P.A
Walking along a Falaj is one of my favorite things to do, and the Al Maysar Falaj with its shaded, winding trails offers some of the best views that one could dream of. Enlisted on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the falaj systems were designed to transport water from natural sources to human settlements, as early as 500 AD, or even centuries earlier.
Submitted by: Sharmeena
Oman is blessed with naturally occurring hot springs, and some of them with traces of sulphur. Ayn Al Kasfah is one such spring, where waters reach 45 degrees Celsius. Sulphur is clinically proven to accentuate the presence of endorphins in our body, stimulate better sleep, and reduce skin related ailments. The water from the spring comes from the Al Hamam Falaj which never goes dry throughout the year. We make it a point to visit this place whenever we visit Rustaq.
Submitted by: Sandhya R
We love visiting off-beat trails and during one of our trips, we happened to chance by Wadi Bani Awf. The route to the Wadi offers some of the best off-road driving experiences that one could ask for. The villagers in the vicinity keep bees and high quality brown honey is collected here.
Submitted by: Lokesh Kundar
A strikingly beautiful spring with copiously flowing waters, thriving flora and fauna, a lush garden with ample picnicking spots, is what met us when I visited Ayn Razat. With perennial waters throughout the year, Ayn Razat continues to be one of the major water sources of Salalah. Pink and white water lilies that make the spring their home, are a rejuvenating sight there. On knowing and enjoying the beauty of Ayn Razat, we become partakers in carrying the responsibility of preserving the place in all its natural glory.
Submitted by: Vandana Padmakar
Next only to the Museums, the PDO Planetarium is a favourite informative centre for my family. Built in 2000 and upgraded in 2012, the PDO Planetarium can accommodate 60 people. The Planetarium hosts shows with spectacular views of the space. To complement the visual magnificence, the planetarium is also enhanced with surround sound systems that play sounds depicting the space. All shows are enabled with dual language setting, so audience can watch the show in English or Arabic.
Submitted by: Caroline. S
One of the lesser known places in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate is the Harat Al Bilad in Manah. Once the hometown of Al Azd Tribe, from where the Al Said Dynasty, the Royal Family of Oman hail from, this beautiful old quarter is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Oman. This national historic jewel is a hamlet of 376 houses, and has around 250 wells. If you are an architectural fan, then this place is sure to enthral you.
Submitted by: G.R. Suresh
More Mars-like than earthly, the Rub Al Khali, also called the Empty Quarter, is the largest uninterrupted desert on Earth. Spanning 650,000 square kilometers, the Al Rub’ Al Khali desert is shared by four countries: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The Empty Quarter in Oman, is located in the Governorate of Dhofar in Southern Oman and is scalable only through a 4 wheel drive. With practically uninhabited landscapes, and minimal pollution, we camped and stargazed in the company of flawless nature. We also spent time understanding the lifestyle, culture and food of the local Bedouins who have made the desert their home. Rub Al Khali is a place for those who want to get up, close and personal with the purest form of mother nature.
Submitted by: Prateek Minerva
While on our way to Nizwa, we got a chance to stop by Bahla Fort. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Bahla Fortress is a masterpiece of the Banu Nebhan, a dominant tribe who had ruled the area between 12th and 15th centuries. The fortress with its unbaked bricks and stone foundations, is located close to a small town oasis and a falaj system. The Bahla Fort reportedly went through several years of restoration before being opened to the public. Its traditional souks, old alleys, ancient mosques are a sight in itself.
Submitted by: Salim Al Busaidi
If you are an adventurer and are keen on trailing off-the-beaten path, then this place is for you. The Fazayah Beach is located about 65 kms west of Salalah, after Mughsayl Beach and Manreef Caves. Relatively less known, the beach is concealed comfortably between the huge expanse of mountains and endless ocean. The road to the beach is a dirt road and one will need a 4 wheel drive especially during the Khareef Season when the road becomes swampy. The beach offers amazing views and beautiful take-away photographs. My suggestion to you is to add Fazayah Beach to the list of ‘must-see’ when you visit Salalah next time!
Submitted by: Ryan Reynolds
A brand new tent, some portable cooking equipment, foldable chairs, were among the items that we, a group of friends carried while on a quest for a good camping place. Much to everybody’s delight, we halted in the White Beach at Fins for a stopover. It was a memorable day in our life, with the white blanket of sand surrounding us at all three sides and the vast blue ocean staring back at us. The pleasant weather conditions made it even more enjoyable, we played volleyball and spent the night in perfect serenity. A perfect camping place!
Submitted by: Fadi Hameed
Qalhat, located near Sur was once a hustling and bustling trade city. From historical records we know that Bibi Maryam was ruling the place after the death of her husband in the 14th century. The Mausoleum was built by Bibi Maryam for her husband Ayaz and herself, and Ibn Battuta calls it ‘one of the most beautiful mosques’ in his historical travel diaries. Today the old town stands in ruins, and scholars believe the town lost its charm owing to earthquake activity, and due to the shifting of trade route to Muscat. Nevertheless, the dome-less mausoleum is an enchanting sight to see and draws you closer to history.
Submitted by: Muna Al Balushi
This excellent hop-on, hop-off ten-stop city sightseeing tour brought together by Big Bus is the perfect introduction to Muscat. One experiences the best views of the city’s distinctive landmarks along with quick education of its fascinating history, cultural traditions, various monuments and places of interest in a wonderfully scripted commentary rendered in a soulful voice that one can listen to on a complimentary headphone while on tour. No tourist on their first visit to Muscat will ever miss this. Though its service is temporarily suspended owing to the pandemic situation, the Big Bus Tour is always synonymous with Muscat.
Submitted by: Ahmed Zaki
The Duqm Rock Garden also called the Duqm Stone Park is a 3 square kilometre spread of rock formations that resemble animals and parts of the human body. These rock formations are of exceptional scenic beauty and provide visitors with an impressive insight of the geological and geomorphological wonders of our planet. The Stone Park is located around 2 km on the way from Duqm town to the Ship Repair Yard & Dry-dock Complex at Duqm Port.
Submitted by: Sana Al Asmi
Though in the very heart of Muscat city, not quite heard of, is the Al Aint Beach and view point. I used to live in Darsait and this used to be our regular weekend hangout spot with family and friends.
A man- made cape, ravishing with astounding views that just diffuses you into oneness with nature, stands proudly overlooking the sea. A small fishing site lies to the right of the spot and sea gulls lavishly occupy the shorelines looking for prey. The spot guarantees spectacular views, especially during dawn and dusk.
Submitted by: Mohammed Maazin
Shinas has a number of ancient castles, forts and towers. The most prominent of them is the Shinas Castle. The Castle was built around 1800 during when the town of Shinas was allied with the Persians and was likely considered a separate state. Later in 1810, the castle was captured and came under mainstream Oman. The castle has a rectangular ground plain, with 4 round towers in the corners. A very quiet place now, the castle still stands tall.
Submitted by: Ali Al Bahrani
This is a place where you will know what deafening silence is. Only your sound might cut through the quietness of the place and reverberate from the cliffs surrounding you. A first visit to Wadi Mibam and it spontaneously occupied the first spot in our favorite places’ list. Wadi Mibam lies a few metres after Wadi Tiwi with a gorgeous waterfall, about 30 to 40 feet high, and falling into a paradise — a beautiful green pool with some vegetation here and there, an outstanding view of the open sky, with cliffs and caverns surrounding you. If you are up for adventure, and don’t care about a few bruises on jumping rocks and taking a swim in uncharted territory for the sake of finding the best in nature, then this is the place for you.
Submitted by: Ankita. M
We were on a camping trip to Jebel Akhdar when we decided to have a stopover at Samail Lake. It was a beautiful lake in the middle of nowhere! The rocks coupled with only the eerie sound of the calm breeze blowing, somehow made it look more Martian than Earthly. The bluish color of the lakes stood out so magnificently between the elevated cliffs around. It’s good to pack your swimwear and inflatable kayak if you want to go swimming/ kayaking here. It is a perfect spot to camp too.
Submitted by: Abdel Malik
As an avid traveler that I am, I love to visit the less explored places. I try to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city with a small company of friends and visit interiors of Oman, as often as I can. In one of our trips, we came across Bilad Sayt. Bilad Sayt is a picturesque village in between the Al Hajar Mountains. Though getting there was a challenge- in terms of the steep climbs and sudden descends, we realized that the trip was totally worth it after we could see the village even from far away.
Submitted by: Aslam. B
It is our routine to go on weekend fishing trips and invariably we would cover Qalhat Beach at least every alternate week. Roughly a two-hour drive from Muscat, Qalhat is a beautiful ancient town, once a flourishing trade center. The Beach is a scenic one, almost secluded from the outside world, providing great views of the blue waters. There is an abundance of fish in these waters and we love going fishing in Qalhat.
Submitted by: Adil Ali Al Balushi
We went on a guided tour of Al Baleed Archaeological Site a couple of years back. Belonging to the 12th century trading port of Zafar, it is unclear why the then famous port fell short of its glory. Frankincense is said to have been traded for spices from India at this port city. Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta are said to have passed through this port on their way to India. Now in total ruins, steps have been taken to preserve its beauty as is. The adjoining museum provides fascinating insights into history.
Submitted by: Marah Khasawneh
I have visited almost all the forts in Oman, and one fort that I found unique in its own style is the Al Hazm Fort. Reading through history, I understand that the fort was built around 18th Century, before the end of the Al Yarubi tribe’s reign. Interestingly, the Al Yarubi tribe played a big role in removing the Portuguese from Oman. The fort also acted as the house of a local Imam. The intricately carved wooden Indian door, the secret passageways and the neat falaj system make it an exemplary work of art with a rightful place in UNESCO’s list for World Heritage Sites.
Submitted by: Moe AlFahid
If you are on a trip to Nizwa, or live around there, I’d suggest you take a visit around Bait Al Safah which is about 30 minutes away from Nizwa, in the village of Al Hamra. The Bait is an old Omani house designed like a museum to help us appreciate the life of a traditional Omani. There one can see Omani women baking traditional bread, coffee being ground and oil extracted using conventional methods. Beautiful handicraft items add to the uniqueness of the house. You can adorn traditional Omani outfits, take a comfortable spot in the Majilis and capture the moments in photographs.
Submitted by: Nancy Kerr
I live in Salalah and Wadi Dawkah, which is 40 kms north of Salalah is our frequent getaway spot—the specialty: a treasure trove of Frankincense spread across 5 square 1 ilometres! The frankincense trees get into the production stage when they are 8 to 10 years old. They are then wounded in particular positions in a process called Tapping. The milky white sap secreted is then allowed to harden, scraped off the trunk in tear-shaped droplets, then dried. Visitors can view the valley from a viewing gallery that is built for their convenience. Wadi Dawkah is inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Submitted by: Assad Hassan
Those visiting Mutrah Corniche will never miss the sight of Al Jalili Fort. Standing proudly facing the Sea of Oman, this impressive structure is isolated, and one can see the walls well perforated to allow cannons. Constructed by the Portuguese and also called Al Sharqiya Fort, the fort remains untouched by the vagaries of nature and human exploitation. Some of my favourite photographs that I have taken are of Al Jalili Fort during sundown.
Submitted by: Aisha Al Wardi
No one who has visited Khor Rouri in Salalah would want to miss the Sumhuram Archaeological Gallery located near the ruin site. The gallery houses some of the rarest artefacts that we could come across. Intricately designed limestone pots and vessels are part of the exhibits. Some of the sculptures that were excavated resemble Hindu Gods and Goddesses, we also came across some weapons that the ancient people had used to protect themselves and to hunt for food. It is amazing how all the artefacts stood the test of time and are available for us to see even though they are many millennia old.
Submitted by: Arunkumar. S
The time when we went to Yiti Beach was a winter morning. The beach was almost empty except for a few people who were packing their things from the previous night’s stay. The beach was very clean and the sight of the sea was very refreshing. The drive to the beach has to be specially mentioned. The winding roads with small houses on the sides, the scenic rocky mountains, the steep climb and the descent of the roads are all very interesting and unforgettable.
Submitted by: Fatima Nasser
It was during our trip to Rustaq that we visited the Ain Al Kasfa Hot Spring and Rustaq Fort. Though the fort is closed for renovation, standing on the mountaintop near the Fort, offers amazing views of the surrounding city. There is a souq nearby where one can buy local handicrafts, and produce like pure honey. The fort is built on three levels and is enveloped by an excellent Falaj system.
Submitted by: Vidya Venugopal
One visit to Wadi Al Amerat and we will mesmerized for life. Now there’s not a month when we don’t go picnicking there (except during the lockdowns!). The Wadi is shallow and ankle deep at some places with an overgrowth of grass outlining the Wadi. At other places, the Wadi is knee deep, with crystal clear waters showing you a mosaic of naturally laden pebbles and small rocks. Fresh water fishes are rampant at relatively deeper waters. A definite picnic spot!
Submitted by: Vipin Kumar
Qurayyat never stops surprising me for its natural beauty and amazing shoreline. Another reason that pulls me towards the place is its lesser known Nature Reserve called Ras Al Shajar. This amazing nature reserve is a resting place for several migratory birds and the famous Arabian Gazelles. Classified as a vulnerable species, there is believed to be a decline in population of the Gazelles due to human hunting, predation and climate change.
Submitted by: Ameer Al Balushi
Dhabab is a quaint and sleepy village located in the idyllic coastal area of Qurayyat. The shoreline of Dhabab is captivating and is characterized by pale blue waters trailing off from the Al Hajjar Mountains. The fine sands of the beach and the nearby impressive Bimmah Sinkhole are a major attraction to tourists who flock the area. Dhabab is featured by its astounding landforms, caves and fresh water falls. Whenever we have visited Dhabab, we have seen fog billowing out a milky cloud – creating the ideal environment for habitation- and it’s not without reason that the village was named Dhabab- which means ‘fog’ in Arabic.
Submitted by: Neil Ignatius
Oman is known for its richly flavored snacks and dishes and among the much preferred snacks is ‘Mishkak’ barbecue. Cubed lamb meat, seasoned with spices, salt and herbs, marinated in tamarind hot sauce, skewered and grilled in charcoal is what Mishkak is all about. Served at my home mostly with rice or bread, Mishkak is a favored dish during occasions such as Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr. Aptly justifying Oman’s legendary hospitality, it is made in large portions and usually served to guests, relatives and neighbors.
Submitted by: Khawla Al Kindi
The bay at Bandar Khayran provides for not just another kayaking time, but a whole new experience of getting up, close and personal with the elements that make up beautiful Oman. All you need to do is to pre-book with a kayaking tour operator for an hourly, half a day or a full day kayaking tour. When you go there (which am sure you would be motivated to do after reading this post), be prepared to be kayaking through hidden caves, magnificent cliffs, and untouched miniature islands which would take your breath away! The flawless blend of the beautiful mountains and the blue green sea is just amazing. You can pick up your snorkelling kit to snorkel as you kayak. It is a true experience that you don’t want to miss.
Submitted by: Tanya
Omani honey is known for its therapeutic qualities. The elaborate process of honey extraction and the scarcity of honey makes it all the more precious and pricey. Now, government sectors concerned with agriculture have taken a keen interest in collecting honey. The AlBaram and Al Sidr honey varieties are very famous and known to be few of the finest varieties in the world. Omani honey is a staple in our food table and honey that is aged for a year, called Al Hoully honey is known for its healing properties and boosting of the immune system.
Submitted by: Sameera Al Zadjali
I was navigating through the busy streets of Al Khuwair. As is so typical of me, I was lost in the maze of roads and ended up looking at a range of dunes on my right. On closer watch, I figured out that it was bustling with activity with enthusiasts’ sand bashing in 4*4 and quad bikers trying to scale the perimeter of the sands. Promising myself that I would return, I got back that very weekend, rented a quad bike and let the adrenaline rush take over me. The bike was an easy learn and before long I could jostle it up and down in the sand. If you haven’t been at it yet, it’s time to take up the adventure and quad bike to your heart’s content!
Submitted by: Aafrin Khan @affu_fu
This breathtakingly beautiful Ottoman style mosque was constructed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in memory of his father, Sultan Said bin Taimur. With symmetrical radial patterns painted in turquoise, pink and cream, the interior of the mosque is imposing. The structure is architecturally planned to allow natural lighting through the many stained glass windows in the domes. The main hall also features a grand central chandelier. Located in Al Khuwair, 33 district, this mosque stands magnificent, and adds a smoothing antique feel from the nearby hustle and bustle.
Submitted by: Yaseer Al Hasani
Bahla in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah is famous for pottery making in Oman. The soil in the region, with components of clay, makes it ideal for this. There are different varieties that are made, pots known as Jihal are used for keeping water, while Khuroos are used for keeping water and dates. Creative show pieces are also handcrafted here. Though pottery making is an ancient practice, it is one of the most difficult trades considering the intricateness of the work required. A pottery and ceramic training centre in the same wilayat helps to pass-on this sacred art form to the generations to come.
Submitted by: Alez Ibrahim
This once famous glorious city, was said to be a hotspot for rich frankincense trade many thousands of years ago and is called ‘The Atlantis of the Sands’. About 3 hours’ drive from Salalah, this fabled city, now in total ruins, is mentioned in the Quran to have been shrouded in wickedness that it was ultimately subject to God’s wrath and was condemned to eternal doom. High tech satellite imagery and old-fashioned archeological findings revealed an eight-sided structure built on a large limestone cavern that due to the weight of the city, collapsed into a massive sinkhole. Today, a pit in the sand, leads one to a long tunnel-way with practically nothingness on either side, but as you walk through the tunnel, while you let yourself be led by your mind, you can feel the richness that was existent in those days of magnificent Ubar.
Submitted by: Mihir Ashar
With the winter slowly receding and the early summer’s heat bearing down on us, a great way to chill and have some fun is to go Jet Skiing. My friends and I jet ski almost every weekend and trust me it gets you to another level with excitement. More than the thrill, we get to see the beautiful coastline from a unique vantage point. Jet ski rentals are available at Qurum beach, Azaiba beach, Sifawy, Musannah, AlMouj and many more places.
Submitted by: Saud Mohammed Al Balushi
Characterized by narrow alleyways that houses glittering gold shops on either side is what Mutrah Gold Souk is all about. A five minute walk from the entrance of the main souk, leads one to the Gold Souk which boasts of eye-catching gold jewelry including bridal wear, daily wear, precious stones and silver jewelry. A must visit if you are in Muscat.
Submitted by: Arun C. P
Worn by men for ceremonial occasions, the Khanjar forms an indispensable part of Oman’s emblem and depicted in the country’s currency. Resembling a short sword shaped like the letter ‘J’, it is tucked under a waist belt, and it can be made with a variety of materials. Today Souks sell miniature versions of them as souvenirs and are bought by tourists visiting Oman. Rock carvings indicate that the Khanjar was used by the people of Oman as early as 1700. The Khanjar is a proud symbol of national heritage and patriotism.
Submitted by: Mohammed Al Khaifi
The first time I saw Dhow Roundabout was when we drove down Al Saidiya Street at night. The roundabout with all its gleaming lights and the Dhow as the centerpiece captivated my heart. The scene looked otherworldly and I was in complete awe at the workmanship that has gone into beautifying the roundabout. It is said that the specially commissioned dhow called ‘Sohar’ as narrated in the ‘The Sindbad Voyage’ was actually built in Sur and was placed at the Dhow roundabout.
Submitted by: Noor Shameer
One of the places that never ceases to amaze me and adds an antique grandeur to the city of the Muscat is the Muscat Gate Museum. A gate in reality, this monument used to act as an official gate for the old city of Muscat in ancient times that used to be shut off after sunset to stop movement in and out of the city at night. The gate underwent a renovation and was reopened in 1995 with a museum to add a feather to its cap. The museum houses artefacts as old as those of the Neolithic times.
Submitted by: Rashid Mohammed
Since the time I came to Oman, rock climbing has become my favorite adventure sport. The country lined with immensely enchanting landscapes is often called a climber’s paradise. The terrain is naturally rugged and makes it ideal for mountain climbing. If you have crossed enough levels as a base climber, then you could try Jebel Misht. A solid 4 hour drive from Muscat, it is the tallest cliff in the Arabian Peninsula and experienced rock climbers love the place owing to the challenge it poses to them. It is best to try your hand at rock climbing from September to February as the scorching heat can ruin the experience any time during summer.
Submitted by: Alfred Gomez
150 kms away from Muscat, Wilayat of Rustaq, once the capital of Oman and known for its grand monuments and rich heritage, is home to a number of wadis. Wadi al Hoqein is one of those picturesque wadis surrounded by mountains and palms, whose year-round flowing streams and the waterfalls makes it more popular than the others- a perfect place for picnic.
Submitted by: Khalid Al Busaidi
Even before the time I had visited Salalah I was intrigued about the Anti-Gravity Point. We had rented a 4*4 SUV while travelling around the famous places in Salalah and we resolved to check what this mystery place was all about. Not far from Mirbat, lies this exciting destination where people from all around the world flock-in to experience the out-of-this-world feeling. Cars seemingly move up-hill with no driver input or power. On neural, the car seems to go uphill at atleast 20-30 kmph without any acceleration. It truly was an exhilarating experience for me.
Submitted by: Rakesh Tripathi
The traditional Omani sword dance which is part of the cultural extravaganza during important ceremonies is a definite feast to the eyes. The slow beats of the drums, the pitches of the pipes and trumpets so well coordinated with the swaying movements of the dance are enough to transport you to another world. Evolving from the traditional sword fights, the dance has now become a derivative of ancient war culture. Spend some time watching, and you will find yourself involuntarily swaying to the beats.
Submitted by: Naja Abdullah
The four-mile-long ridge bearing a semblance to the ridge of a comb teeth, gives this distinct, isolated triangular peak its apt name, Jebel Misht (Misht - Arabic for ‘comb’). The 900m South-East face of this metamorphic limestone mass is considered to be the tallest cliff in the Arabian Peninsula. Though not as popular as the other jebels of the hajar mountain range, the near vertical cliff side, and its mesmerizing sunset glow, makes Jebel Misht a favourite among rock climbers and nature lovers alike.
Submitted by: John Albuquerque
Clock towers are popular and prominent structures from times prior to home clocks and wrist watches. Ruwi Clock tower is considered to be the oldest monument of modern Oman. Built in 1991, in a record time of less than 120 days, this minaret style clock tower stands magnificently in the public square located at the junction between central business district and Ruwi. 2021 commemorates 30 years of its iconic presence not just telling time but bearing witness to many many historical moments and holds nostalgic memories in the lives of many.
Submitted by: Noor Shabiba
It is said that the phrase “going around the bend” was termed in Oman on the remote Telegraph Island by British soldiers. This does not come as a surprise when we look at the beautiful roundabouts, mabkhara to coffee urns - a melangé of history and heritage. The pot roundabout flaunts the hospitality of the land and its people while the book roundabout symbolizes Nizwa as Oman’s center of learning and culture. The fishes and dhows represent the maritime importance of the nation whilst jug roundabout at corniche exemplifies craftsmanship. Every roundabout seems to have a story of the past brought to the present.
Submitted by: Ali Al Habsi
With UNESCO listing camel racing As Omani intangible cultural heritage, camel racing has attracted increased attention locally and internationally. This popular sport has camels competing at speeds up to 64 kilometers per hour and with boys as young as 5 year olds debuting as racers. The camels are made to race on specially made racetracks. The priced camels are raised in specialized farms and good racing camels can fetch about RO 30,000 or more.
Submitted by: Rachna Kamat
Belonging to the short-necked type of lute, the pear-shaped stringed instrument OUD is a main part of Arab music. Considered to be an owner’s pride, Oud is truly a royal instrument of choice for anyone interested in tradition music of Oman. The royalty comes also from the interesting fact that Late HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said himself played the Oud.
Being an Oud player myself, the grandeur of the instrument and the musical rhapsody it creates is beyond comparison.
Submitted by: Yousuf Al Wahaibi
Nestled within a beautiful Oasis, is this revered village that is over 400 years old. Built like a city that is carefully planned, the village has many two and three storey houses in the old quarter that are mostly abandoned now. The houses are built with mud-brick and is a sight that is seen in Yemeni villages. It was here that I took a casual stroll in the sunset and I was able to run in my mind, the civilization of people of those times – a testimony that stood the test of time.
Submitted by: Marcus Angelo
Born from the roots of surfing, stand up paddle boarding or SUP, is a water sport where one stands on a board that floats on water and a paddle is used to propel through the water. Since 2000 this sport has become commonplace in Oman with its 3000 km coastline. Shatti beach is one of the places where you can start with, with companies providing paddle boards for hire and even assisting in learning the sport. Indulge in an unforgettable SUP time while appreciating the beauty of Muscat’s coastline.
Submitted by: Amit Jain
If you take the ferry service to Masirah Island, you are sure to come across a village in a crossing point in the Wilayat of Mahut, called Shannah. While nearing the Ferry Wharf at Shannah, you will be astounded to see ‘snow’ on one side of the road. This is Shannah for you. The white is not from snow but from salt! A once standing estuary has drawn out water from the sea and Omani sunshine has worked its magic to leave behind rich salt. Groups of labourers harvest the salt by hand, to be later processed in Muscat. A close look, and you will also get to notice pink salt, which I thought was only available in the Himalayan Mountains. Beautiful sight indeed!
Submitted by: Robert Clive
Being the shutterbug that I am, I love to capture Oman’s wildlife in its pristine and beautiful environment. Since I live close to a mountainous landscape, I intended to click an Arabian red fox for a long time. Being the bashful and discreet animals they are, they are mostly nocturnal and on close observation are playful, caring and intelligent animals. I got lucky one morning when I was near their den, it took some time for them to be accustomed to me, but when they were, I was able to take a few good clicks.
Submitted by: Abu Hanifa
Long stretch of fine sand and unending tranquility is what will greet you at the idyllic Sawadi Beach. A place of interest near Barka, it takes about an hour and a half’s drive from Muscat along the coast towards Sohar, to reach Al Sawadi. We’ve enjoyed several trips to this beautiful spot. The quietness of the place amuses me and we tend to spend atleast half a day just staring at the blue ocean.
Submitted by: Ahmed Al Jawahiri
Founded in 1983, the world famous Amouage Perfumery has redefined the art of perfumery that the Sultanate is known for, in its unique 2000-year-old perfumery heritage. The Amouage as a brand has garnered global reputation and international acclaim for adding modernity to traditional perfume making art. Today Amouage is a global brand known in at least 70 countries. The Amouage visitor’s centre in Al Mawaleh is a must visit when in Muscat. Visitors are led through the elaborate process of perfume making and packaging, which you don’t want to miss!
Submitted by: Arvin Cabello
Located midway between Nizwa and Bahla, Tanuf is a small village that stands as a testimony to Oman’s Inamate Rebellion of the 1950s. Only the remnants of the village stand today to tell the story of the Jabal Akhdar wars. Against the picturesque background of the Al Hajar Mountains, the ruins are a perfect photographic scene.
Submitted by: Hamed Ali
If you love vagabonding and don’t mind traversing miles to see breathtaking scenery, then this one is for you. Located on the easternmost coast of Dhofar, about two hours' drive from Salalah will take you to Hasik’s beautiful coastline. The coast is lined with astounding geographic formations that will amaze you. One such formation is a rock cliff overlooking the sea near Hadbin- simply spectacular and otherworldly. No wonder Oman is called a geographer’s paradise.
Submitted by: Hassan Al Siyabi
Heading eastwards from Hasik, we came to Wadi Shuwaymiyah. Haven’t heard much about the place, we decided to explore what it holds. Wadi Shuwaymiyah turned out to be a remote and scenic place. One can find untouched nature and breathtaking rock formations. The Wadi Shuwaymiyah, also called Wadi Ash Shuwaymiyah by the locals, is a hot insider tip for adventurous travelers. The oasis, hidden deep in the desert, has spectacular cave systems and huge unnaturally colored rocks. Small palm groves and camel population along unusual access roads are sure to greet you when you are there.
Submitted by: Mahmoud Abdelsalam
The Dhofar Governorate, is the largest of the eleven governorates in Oman in terms of area. The governorate also boasts of some of the most scenic places and is a treasure trove of natural wonders. Efftalqut beach which lies hidden in rocky enclosures is one such remarkable place within the governorate. Though the way to the beach is rickety, and requires one to take a 4*4 drive, the beach is totally worth the effort of getting there. An abandoned ship lies on the shoreline and it is a definite treat to the eyes to watch the sparkling blue waters crashing on the beach incessantly.
Submitted by: Arun Vinayagam
What started off as a casual weekend getaway, became an adrenaline pumping, adventure filled, fun trip when we visited Wadi Mangal. It just started off as a casual remark with somebody in the group mentioning that there is a wadi near Quriyat. When we went exploring the Wadi, we had to hitch a ride, then hike for about 2 hours, but at the end, the sight that we saw was sure to be etched in our memories forever. Untouched by humans, this wadi still retains its natural beauty in its impeccable, original form.
Submitted by: AbdulRahman AlHinai