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OMAN

OMAN

Sun, mountains, sand, palms and crystal turquoise water, these words describe nature of Oman. Rising sun in desert, endless sand dunes in the horizon, hiking at mountains, dive to swim in turquoise, nature wonders in middle of mountains. Local food, culture and hospitality, these descripe what you can see, do and feel in Oman. Country  has it own charm without big tourist traffic and you can have space to feel to be somewhere in different place.  Oman has rich arabic culture and this you can see from locals life style, dress, mosqs and historical buildings. Excellent place to have a culinary experience of local food.

This is the country where you can make adventures with different activities as Hiking in different terrains. Catch by looking out migratory birds, whales or turtles. Rent a car to discover the country. Ride with the camel or sleep in the tent in desert.

Oman’s fauna is quite versatile. Protected areas have been set up to protect mammals such as leopard, gazelle and desert. In the sea there are 22 whale and dolphin species. Sea turtles are increasing in Ras al-Jinz and Al Dimaniyat archipelago. There are also coral reefs in the sea areas to see rare stone and soft corals and colorful fish. About 400 bird species have been observed in Oman, many of which are migratory birds on their way to the south or north.

Excellent destination for to enjoy sun at beach, swim in the ocean, snorkeling under and especially for diving. The best diving  is from October through May when the seas calm and the water warms up. Perhaps it’s time to take a scuba diving holiday to Oman before the secret gets out. Oman’s coastline is relatively untouched and there is great diving near the capital of Muscat. You can also head to Oman’s northernmost region of Musandam, which juts into the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. This rugged, remote land has nutrient rich waters that support a massive amount of diversity and abundance of marine life. Far to the south, the area around Salalah has a pristine coastline with seemingly endless bays and beaches.

General info

  • Currency is Real, OMR.
  • Official language Arabic
  • Population is 4 185 900.
  • Masqat is the Capital.
  • Oman is pleasant and relaxed country to travel around because there is extremely less crime in the country.
  • The economy is based on oil as in other countries in the region, but the share of fishing and farming is higher than in neighboring countries.

Bit of history

An old merchant and seafarer has lived in Oman. The luxurious product of its time, the incense olive oil trade, has been booming about five thousand years ago. In Sumerian sources, the name of Makan, about three thousand years ago, means some researchers say that Oman. It was about 563 BC in Persia. and belonged to it until 637. In the 630s Islam began to spread to Oman. Oman has national day 18th of november and it came year 1650.

Getting around

In Oman car is the best way to get from place to another one. In the citys taxis are useful but traveling to destinations from out of the citys it is best way to get by with tour or with tour guide or by renting a car. By new road Masqat can be reach from Dubai, UAE in over four hour driving, 445 km. Or by fly in one hour to Masqat brand new international airport which was opened march 2018. Salalah is another city in Oman where can be fly by Flydubai.

Some local rules

Oman is one of the most traditional Arab countries. It means that womens who travel to the country should cover their shoulders and knees, and visiting in religious sites need to cover the hair. Being in swimsuits at pool and beach is normal for foreign. Alcohol is served and sold at the airport, in hotels, and in licensed liquor shops.

Weather

Oman has a tropical desert climate at it neighbor countries. It means that the sun is shining throughout the year and there is extremely little rain that normally occurs during the winter months. The weather is ideal from October to April, when it’s the most comfortable to enjoy all the outdoor attractions in the region. When may to september temperatures and humid are high.

Geography

Located in the middle east, surrounded with Gulf of Oman and Arabian sea, neighbor countries are United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Most of the empty quarter of Oman belongs to the vast Arabian Peninsula called Rub ‘al-Khali. The north coast of the country lies on the shore of the Gulf of Oman. In the same direction runs a large, volcanic Hajar Lane Chain, where is the highest peak in Oman, Jabal Akhdar. Most Oman dwells between it and the sea between the 15-45 km wide coastline of Batina or the Masqat Governorate, many of them also in the southern slope of the western mountain range.

 

 

Muscat is the capital city of Oman. It has a lot of places to see. Like old muscat, Al Alam palce, Muttrah Market and coast as well. Water activities you can do snorkeling, driving and fishing.

Nizwa is the one if the oldest village in Oman, they called it egg of islam. There is old market and Fort, which are worth to see and visit in Oman trip.

Wadi Shap is One of the beautiful wadi in Oman. You can swim in the different pools and depth along of the wadi. There is also there is an amazing cave with water fall, and many people are thrilled to visit there.

Sur is a cost line city. Oman is called it the boat city, because it’s famous place making boats. In Sur you are also able to see the green turtles. This is the place to eat fresh see food.

Wahiba is a desert, there you can camp and do camel ride like real bedouins are doing. This is the place where you can see and admire the real desert and see only dune around you.

Jabal Shams is the highest mountain in middle east with 4 km height. Place is cool in summer and cold in winter. For hiking trips, there is  walk pass to old houses and cave to discover.

Nakhal Village is unique village to visit for. It is famous about the date trees, Nakhal Fort and hot spring water.