When you hear the word Oman, you probably think, as we have done so far, that it is the only country in the world that begins with the letter O. You are not wrong! We already know that this extraordinary country in the Middle East has many interesting attractions for travelers. Holidays in Oman can be truly magical and unforgettable. It is a little different from all other holiday destinations. If you want to know what attractions there are, we invite you to visit Oman! We’ll give you 9 reasons why it’s worth travelling to Oman before all-inclusive tourists arrive in Oman.
The hot sand of the Wahiba Sands desert.
The Omani Desert is one of the largest desert sandboxes in the world and is located in the east of the country. The easiest way to get there is by car 4×4, especially if you want to spend the night at one of the many campsites in the depths of the desert. Staying overnight in the desert is definitely MUST, although it is not one of the cheapest. First, driving a 4×4 car shouldn’t cause you any major problems (it doesn’t require you to let off your tires) and is one of the main attractions of the desert. Don’t let the merchants, who offer escort to the camp for a small fee, interfere.
The camp offers many additional attractions such as camel riding, quad or dune descent on a board. And of course the main point of the program, which observes the incredible sunset from a very high dune. Make sure you have plenty of space on the camera’s memory card because the views are really great.
Very friendly and helpful people
Omani people are very hospitable, cordial and positive towards tourists – it often happens that they invite them to a common celebration. The inhabitants also appreciate traditions, and although they are open to change, new technologies and solutions, they definitely limit the influence of the West.
Oman’s culture has been developing for centuries, because this desert-separated country has always been isolated from the rest of the Arab world. Islam is the dominant religion, declared by up to 86% of Oman’s inhabitants. Interestingly, Oman’s population is the most moderate of all Muslim schools. It is characterized by the fact that dissidents are not treated harshly, and women have much more to say. Besides Muslims, Christians live in Oman (about 8%), including Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants, Hindus and a small percentage of Buddhists. It’s worth knowing that 0.2% of all residents here are non-believers – that’s really little.
Oman is a great architecture that is not burdened with modernity.
Oman is the exact opposite of the United Arab Emirates. There are monuments from hundreds of years and unlike its neighbor it does not have to build anything from scratch. Almost every city in this country has incredible fortresses or temples. You will be impressed by the Great Mosque of Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, which houses the second largest Persian carpet in the world, woven by 600 women in four years. The walls of the mosque are decorated with flower patterns, geometric figures and verses from the Koran, and the main prayer room is lit by 35 chandeliers with Swarovski crystals. The largest is 14m x 8m!
To enter the mosque, you must follow strict clothing rules. Women must cover their hair and wear figureless clothes covering their legs and hands, while men should have long trousers and covered shoulders. The mosque is open to non-Muslims from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and admission is free. Friday is a free day in Oman and most tourist attractions are closed.
Wadi- dry gorges or valleys
Between magnificent mountains, crystal clear waters, magnificent palm trees and impressive plantations, wadis are another heavenly natural attraction that covers many places in Oman. In order to experience a purely natural and unforgettable relaxation, you should absolutely some of them visit.
Located in the Al Sharqiya region in the east of Oman, Wadi Shab or Wadi Ash Shab, is one of the most spectacular wadis in Oman. It is located on the coast road of Sur, about 140 kilometres from Muscat. This wadi is famous for its sunken cave with waterfalls, rocky cliffs and turquoise pools. It is also a great place for hiking, climbing, swimming, hiking and camping. In addition to its breathtaking views, Wadi Shab offers an amazing biodiversity.
The most beautiful Khasab tours
A half day trip or day trip with an old wooden boat, called Dhau, is a leisurely journey along the fjord coast of Musandam. Old villages are on the sightseeing program and sporty people are allowed to go snorkelling in clear water. Dolphins are welcome companions on this boat trip. Food and soft drinks are included in the day trips. The so-called night tour includes an overnight stay on board with an evening barbecue.
The highest mountain of Musandam, the “Jebel Harim”, translated as “mountain of the women”, is the destination of offroad tours. From the summit you have a wonderful view. On the way you can visit the Bedouin village Sayhs and a fossil exhibition. The lagoon Kawrh Najid with a view of the Indian Ocean will not be forgotten so quickly. It is an oriental dream.
People who want to enjoy the landscapes and villages even more consciously book a kayak trip. It is a sporty alternative that is fun for every participant. The equipment is provided by the provider.
All in all, there are many providers of Khasab Tours who make your holiday exciting and varied. A booking from home is just as suitable as a spontaneous booking on the spot.
Oman is a paradise for drivers who love off-road and 4×4 cars.
There is no way to see all these wonderful places in Oman without a car. On the Arabian Peninsula, the fuel price is currently 0.48 euros, so the only higher cost is car rental. Most attractions can be done in a normal car, but we definitely recommend a 4×4 SUV as we are virtually independent and can get anywhere, and at the same time take off-road expeditions in the desert and mountains full of emotion. You can rent a car at the airport in Muscat.