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Overlooking the Gulf of Oman, the Sultanate of Oman is the easternmost country on the Arabian Peninsula. It has an arid, subtropical climate and a distinctive culture developed over centuries by a regular influx of fresh traditions and influences from powers such as the Persians and Ottomans who once occupied the region. Today, Oman’s turbulent past has evolved into a rich way of life. From jaunts into the country’s staggering mountains, the gushing waterfalls and verdant forests of Oman’s Frankincense Coast, to getting lost in the souks of Muscat, you will find endless things to do when you book a hotel in Oman.
Muscat — The capital of Oman, Muscat is a history-packed city turned urban metropolis, undoubtedly one of the most culturally diverse places in the Middle East. The city’s portside quarter overflows with tourists and hotels, locals, souks and seafood markets that can keep you busy for days, while the iconic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque overpowers the skyline.
Nizwa — Under the watchful eye of the imposing Hajar Mountains, Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman, known for its immense fort that dates back to 1600 BC. From your hotel you can pick up some unique local handicrafts, spices or silverware in its famous souk. Be sure to grab a bag of locally grown dates to munch on as you barter and browse.
Sohar — Oman’s historic centre of trade, Sohar is now one of the fastest growing cities in the country. A modern centre of industry, it is a shopper’s paradise with a number of malls and shopping districts – as well as top hotels – all set on the stunning blue waters of the Gulf of Oman. For year round entertainment activities, head to the pretty Sohar Park or Silver Jubilee Park.
Salalah — Located on Oman’s famous Frankincense Coast, the port city of Salalah offers an experience like no other. Most visitors come during monsoon season, or Khareef, which brings lush and verdant greenery to Oman as well as burgeoning local fruit markets. History enthusiasts, meanwhile, shouldn’t miss a trip to the nearby Al-Baleed Archaeological Park.
Discover Oman’s seemingly endless collection of forts and castles with a full day tour of Nizwa, Bahla and Jabreen. Stopping off in Oman’s ancient capital of Nizwa, you are sure to find a suitable souvenir, while the staggering Bahla Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – will guarantee a memorable snap or two. End your excursion with a trip to the smaller but more elegant arches and courtyards of Jabreen Castle.
Those looking to explore the local landscape should consider a trip to Wahiba Sands, a truly heart stopping experience that is not to be missed. Enjoy a camping trip, or head on a camelback to explore this haunting region of Oman. When the conditions are just right, the dunes here literally hum, a rare phenomenon which is particularly powerful at nightfall when the sands blot out all the other noise and the heavens are illuminated by a dusting of stars.