THINGS TO DO IN OMAN
What to See
Oman is known for its forts, deserts, mountains, beaches, mosques, Souqs, and stunning wadis. The region is famous for its abundant natural beauty. Some of the must-see destinations are:
Wadi Shab is one of the most beautiful valleys in Oman. Clear water flowing through canyon walls over rocks and into small pools and waterfalls, enchants visitors for a refreshing swim in the cool water. The Wadi is popular among both locals and tourists because of the experience of personal oasis in middle of the desert.
Mutrah Souq is the traditional market in the Sultanate, historically known as the Souq of Darkness. It is made up of a complex maze of narrow walkways leading to shops that sell local specialties including Omani khanjers, halwa, kummahs, spices, etc.
The Wahiba Sands Desert (Sharqiya Sands) is a playground for the adventure lovers in Oman. The desert stretches over 125 miles from the Eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea. The region is known for its amber-colored sands and towering sand dunes, making it an ideal spot for dune bashing, camel ride, or even camping.
The Royal Opera House Muscat
The Royal Opera House is a very intricate musical venue and a marvel for the eyes. It showcases stunning architecture and rich handmade décor. This masterpiece covered with wood, marble, glass and gold decors with detailed carvings is a mix of tradition and modernity. This is one of the two architectural wonders to visit in Muscat, the other one being the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
The Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is a beach offering one of the most beautiful natural experiences in the Sultanate of Oman. Every year, thousands of sea turtles migrate from the shores of the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea to lay their eggs on Oman’s beaches. Reserves have been set up to protect them, making it a tourist attraction. One can see the turtles at the shore by sunset and leave their nest in the morning. It is soothing to witness them dig the sands and slide slowly back to the water.
The Nizwa Fort is a mix of a castle, a fort and a museum. Reflecting the old Omani architecture, the Nizwa Fort is unique due to the circular shape of tower which can be climbed. The Fort was built at the beginning of the 17th century which took approximately 12 years to complete. The Castle was originally built in the 9th century and renewed in 1624, which originally was made up of rooms decorated and used to display artefacts, kitchen, and coffee-making room. A visit to the Nizwa Fort transports visitors to the ancient era.
Where to Eat
Most restaurants in Oman serve Middle Eastern cuisine, along with Indian dishes owing to the widely spread expat community. In Muscat and Salalah, genuine Omani cuisine, fine dining and international fast-food options are available. Some of the popular restaurants are
- Al Angham
There are reliable, metered taxis which can take you around the city and to points of interest outside the city. Private taxis could also be hailed by app (OTaxi / Marhaba), downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. There is a system of long-distance shared taxis, painted orange and white.
There are city and intercity buses that have daily services to/from the main provincial cities.
There are local car hire agencies as well as international car-hire chains