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The Sultanate of Oman is situated on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula

The Sultanate borders Kingdom of Saudi Arabiain the West; the United Arab Emirates in the Northeast, the Republic of Yemen in the South; the Strait of Hormuz in the North and the Arabian Sea in the East.


Oman is an attractive concept of tourism presenting culture, arts, heritage, nature, sports, adventure, entertainment and knowledge.


The best time of the year to visit Oman is between October and April, when the weather is pleasantly warm in the day and cool in the evening. Temperature averages at 25-35 degrees centigrade during the day and dips to 17-19 degrees centigrade at night.


The country offers a stunning contrast of desert, mountains, busy metropolises and beaches, making it attractive to many different types of traveller.Omanhas a rich culture and history which is apparent in its architecture and inhabitants' way of life…Modern Oman is embracing responsible tourism and is fast gaining a reputation as a destination for the discerning tourist wanting quality hotels, good food and adventure.


Oman is the charming, sleepy neighbour to Dubai’s life in the fast lane. It is the place to come experience the real Arabia..


Safe and sensible, with a culture that blends the ancient and modern, Oman is a land of old trading towns and cosmopolitan resort hotels, where unspoiled natural beauty and outdoor adventure never fails to impress even the most jaded world traveler.


 

 Attractions:

 

Muscat



Muscat is essentially a collection of small cities and towns separated by serrated ridges.

Modern day Greater Muscat is made up of three cities,Muscat, Ruwi and Mutrah, separated by hills and ridges.

 Each has its own distinctive identity,Musca tis the old port area, a walled town with four gates, characterised by ancient houses, narrow streets and steep alleyways. It is dominated by two great stone forts, Al Jalali and Al Mirani, which were built by the Portuguese in the late 16th Century on Arab foundations, turning Muscat into an impenetrable stronghold.

 

 Nizwa

 Nizwa is located about 1.5 hours drive from Muscat, and is today of the most popular tourist attractions in Oman, with its historical buildings and imposing fort built in the mid 17th century by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'ribi. Nizwa's palm oasis stretches for 5 miles (8 kilometers) along the course of two wadis.

 

 Nakhl Fort

 Nakhl Fort (Al Batinah) is within an hour's drive of Muscat and provides a morning of sight-seeing. The fort is 350 years old and is set in a gorge, surrounded by a mountain enclave. In 1990, sympathetic restoration work began, using traditional building materials and period furnishings. The carved master gate is believed to date back to the 1830's during the reign of Sayyid Said bin Sultan.

 

 Bahla

 Dating back to the third millennium BC, this ancient town has seven miles of ancient defensive walls and is a World Heritage Site. There is a good souk here and the town is known for its pottery. The picturesque village of Al Hamra can be found nearby.

 

Wadi Bani Khalid 

This is Oman's most popular wadi and attracts huge crowds. It is a blending of all the elements of nature. The serenity of the place relaxes the body and soul.

 

 Wahiba Desert

 Sunset and sunrise provide spectacular photo opportunities of this unique desert covering 10,000 sq km (3,860 sq miles) of the eastern Sharqiyah. The best way to experience the sands is to spend a night or two at one of the increasing number of desert camps hidden away in various parts of the dunes.

 

Wadi Daikah

 Wadi Daikah , popularly known as the Devil's Gap, is a wadi runs passing through a scenic canyon looking like a gap splitting a mountain in to two parts. This scenic tourist spot was found a place in the description as "the most singular piece of earth sculpture in Arabia" in 1896 by explorer S. B. Miles.

 

 Wadi Ghul

 It is located approx 15 Kms from Al Hamra. Over here one can see an abandoned persian village perched on the sides of a steep cliff. Wadi ghul has a recharged dam built to stop flood waters from washing into Al Hamra and to allow water to be stored and drained down into the Wadi bed.

 

 Jabal Akhdar

Al Jebel al Akhdar mountain range lies at the heart of the Al Hajar mountains of northernOmanand is characterised by soaring peaks, rugged canyons, terraced fruit orchards and rose gardens fed by freshwater springs. The area has spectacular views, exhilarating walks and secluded and tranquil camping.

 The mountains here are the highest in Oman, standing 10,000 feet above sea level with access by car to a height of 7,000 feet.

 

Sohar

There is a very large and functional souk (market) here full of tailors, fruit-sellers and fishermen. An imposing four-storey fort with six towers overlooks the bay.

 

Samhuram

 Samhuram, Dhofar is one of the most frequented tourist destinations of Dhofar. Samhuram, Dhofar is an ancient ruin, which can be traced more than 2000 years back. The Samhuram in Dhofar has now become one of the leading tourist attractions in Dhofar, which is visited by travelers from all across the globe.

 

Salalah

Nestled in the southern region of Oman, Salalah has the benefit of the annual Indian monsoon: locally known as the Khareef. This monsoon, which extends from early June to mid September, transforms the countryside into a veritable garden with tumbling waterfalls and meandering streams. The Khareef season is a good time to visit Salalah. In July and August the government plays host for the annual Khareef Festival, a cultural highlight of the season.

 

Qalhat

The ancient city of Qalhat, or Galhat, is located just over 20 km north of Sur, in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of northeastern Oman.

The city served as an important stop in the wider Indian Ocean trade network, and was also the second city of theKingdomofOrmus. Very little remains of the ancient city ofQalhat, save for the now dome-less mausoleum of Bibi Maryam

 

Ras al-Jinz Turtle Beach

Ras al-Jinz is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on the Indian Ocean. Here, thousands of turtles return annually to the beach where they hatched to lay their eggs thereby creating what is arguably the finest natural spectacle in Oman. The best time to see turtles laying their eggs is between June and August. September to November are the best months to see both laying and hatching. Turtles arrive at Ras al-Jinz throughout the year but tend to avoid the beach at full moon.

 

Musandam Peninsula

 Take a four-wheel drive along narrow mountain-hugging roads through high mountain passes, past mountain villages, date farms and citrus groves, flanked by stunning beaches and the towering Hajar Mountains. Along the way, watch out for Bedouin herding their camels and goats.

 

Masirah Island

Those who are interested in wildlife and undisturbed nature should take a trip to Masirah Island in the Indian Ocean, where you can have all the deserted beaches and interesting animal species you want.

 

Land of  Frankincense

 Frankincense was one of the most important items of trade in antiquity and a group of archaeological sites in southern Oman are testament to this trade which flourished in this region. These include the frankincense trees that are still found in Wadi Dawkah and the remains of the caravan oasis of Shisr and the affiliated ports of Khor Rori and Al-Baleed.

 

Sur

Sur a sea faring town,  aSur fishing village and a trading port bustles with activity throughout the year.



 

General info.

 

 

 

Capital: Muscat

 

Population: 3,090,150

 

Language: Arabic (official), English, Baluchi, Urdu, Indian dialects

 

Currency: Omani Rial

 

Religion: Ibadhi Muslim (official) 75%, other (includes Sunni Muslim, Shia Muslim, Hindu) 25%

 

Climate: dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south


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