Oman Off The Beaten Path

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    Plenty of sheep and goats hanging around
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    The picnic grove
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Oman Off The Beaten Path

  • Oman washing line

    For washing line amateur Oman seems quite difficult to find any, as the sun shines every day and the clothes are drying very fast.

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  • Day Trip to Rustaq

    From Muscat you can drive for an hour and reach Barka where the fish market and souk are worth a stop, as also Bait Na'am, a fortified house. This is where the Imams used to overnight during their journey to the interior.From Barka the drive continues along the famous Batinah plain, the main agricultural area of Oman. Then on to Al Hazm, where you...

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  • Wadi Khabb Shamsi

    Wadi Khabb Shamsi is one of the many wadis in the rugged and spectacular Ras al-Jebel Mountains of the Musandam Peninsula. Most of the wadi is arid and rocky with little apparent life. However, the wadi is home to many birds and mammals. The local Shihuh tribe has also managed to eke a living out of this inhospitable land, relying on infrequent...

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  • The Hanging Gardens

    The Hanging Gardens gets its name from luxuriant green vines that drape from the steep cliffs of Jebel Qatar after the winter rains. It is located in an isolated, hot, and desolate wadi, known as Fossil Valley, not far from Buraimi. The only way into the wadi is by a rough track across a rocky plain for which a four-wheel-drive vehicle is...

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  • Wadi bani khalid

    visit this amazing mountain oasis valley where the sands leave place to the verdant green of the tropic and life is still slow and worth to live.meet friendly locals - we have been invited for lunch in a house and met kind and intelligent people

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  • Great vistas in Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar

    Just a 3-hour drive inland from the capital of Oman, Muscat, going up to Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar (the green mountain) is a wonderful experience not to be missed. We went up this August and despite very hot, muggy conditions at sea level, the temperature at the top (1700-1800 meters) was perfect. It's nearly as uncluttered a place as one can find...

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  • Dibba

    Dibba is a sleepy port city located just under the towering mountains of the Musandam Peninsula on Oman's east coast. The border between Oman and the United Arab Emirates actually runs through the middle of Dibba, and visitors can freely cross the border with no immigration formalities. However, an Omani visa is necessary for those traveling on to...

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  • Off the Beaten Coast Road

    If you are heading down to (or up from) seeing the turtles in Ras al Hadd then make sure that you find the coast road. Right now this isn't too difficult but given the rate of construcion of the dual carriageway it won't be easy for long. Keep your eyes open for some very pretty & very secluded white sand beaches -perfect stop for a picnic and...

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  • Al Ain and Buraimi Border no longer open

    I have been an expat. resident of Buraimi for around four years and have enjoyed the warm hospitality and kindness of the Omani people. Now the delays caused by an entirely inefficient and racist control system implemented this week at the UAE border has meant that I and many other expats will probably now have to leave Buraimi. You can expect...

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  • Buraimi

    The town of Buraimi shares the Buraimi Oasis with Al Ain in Abu Dhabi emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Visitors can pass freely between the two towns and countries without any border formalities. Visas are only required for those traveling deeper into Oman, and the checkpoint is several miles beyond Buraimi. The border crossing between Buraimi...

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  • Off Road Exploration

    One of the true highlights of visiting Oman is off road travel into the mountains, wadis, sand dunes and coastline. Hiring a landcruiser or Rav 4 can be expensive but most tour companies offer half day or full day tours. Oman hasnt been touched by mass tourism so get out there and see it!

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  • Great Views

    A great option when traveling around in Muscat is head for 'Old Muscat' past the Sultans palace. There is a winding road that leads to a mountain top that gives amazing views of Old Muscat. Ask the locals to point out Old Muscat and you cant miss this winding road through the mountains. At twilight the views are stunning.

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  • Sultan's Palace

    Many tourists dont bother to visit the area around the Sultans Palace but in reality it is perfectly fine to walk around the grounds. The beachfront area is peppered with forts and a stroll down past the giant incense urn will givfe you access to a beautiful part of Muscat. Looking back towards the souq and hotels with the dhows in the background...

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  • The Musandam Peninsula

    The Musandam Peninsula forms the northernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and forms one side of the Strait of Hormuz, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It is separated from the rest of Oman by part of the United Arab Emirates. Until just a few years ago, the Musandam Peninsula was a miltary zone, strictly off limits to travelers....

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  • Swimming Amongst The Mountains

    Yes it is possible to go swimming at inland sites in Oman - it's not all sand! Wadi Dayqah makes for a good excursion from Muscat. It used to be well off the beaten track because it could only be reached in a 4x4. But now, owing to modern progress, there's tarmac 99% of the way which allows one to get a Toyota Echo almost to the water's edge. It's...

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  • The coastal town of Tiwi

    If you are visiting Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi, you should also walk around the beautiful seaside town of Tiwi, which is located next to these two wadis (rivers). The locals are very friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxing. This is a good place to experience the life in coastal areas of Oman. More information and photographs are at my VT Tiwi...

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  • The old town of Al Hamra

    The old town of Al Hamra is beautifully located at the foot of the Western Hajar Mountains and this can be combined with a visit to another traditional mountain town called Misfat. A trip to both places can be arranged when you are in Nizwa, but you need a good vehicle to negotiate the mountain terrain.

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  • Birkat Al Mawz

    This old town is located on the foot of the Western Hajar Mountains along the way from Muscat to the interior town of Nizwa. It is worth exploring for its beautiful setting, traditional architecture and a truely Arabia feeling. More information & photographs are at my VT Tanuf page.

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  • The ruins at Tanuf

    Tanuf used to be a town but during the rebellion in the 1950s, this town was being bombed by the British and the locals escaped to the mountains. The ruins at Tanuf is a reminder of past events and is now an attraction of Oman. More information & photographs are at my VT Tanuf page.

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  • Misfat

    Misfat is one of the few remaining traditional towns situated on the cliffs of the Western Hajar Mountains. You should visit this incredible place if you happen to be around the Nizwa area, as it really brings you into the traditional life among the rugged mountains of Oman. More information & photographs of Misfat are at my VT Al Hamra page.

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  • Ras Al Hadd

    Ras Al Hadd is a coastal area near to Eas Al Jinz, the most eastern spot of the Arabia Peninsula. The beach and the bay at Ras Al Hadd are very beautiful, and you could see many dhows (traditional wooden ship in Arabia) mooring at the Ras Al Hadd bay. There is even a former british airport runway at the town area. More information, photos and...

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  • A' Thowarah Hot Spring

    At the town of Nakhl near to the famous Nakhl Fort is the A' Thowarah Hot Spring which is a popular picnic area for the locals as well as soaking in the hot water. This place is a good resting spot if you are in Nakhl, and more information & photos on the hot spring are at my VT Nakhl page.

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  • Snake Canyon

    A 4 to 6hrs journey into an impressive gorge advisable for the fit candidates only. The entry of the ‘Big Snake’ is just a few km down the village of Hat and the canyon exits at Zammah through a huge V shaped Cliff. The trip starts with an abseil of 50m followed by walking, jumping and swimming at the bottom of the canyon, great fun! A wet suit is...

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  • To the village of Bilad Sait

    A couple of km after the village of Hat there is a canyon entrance on the right hand side. Leave the car and walk 20’ in this beautiful canyon to reach the village of Bilad Sait. This village is considered as one of the most beautiful and typical village of Oman with its green terraces, framed by the cliffs of Jabal Akhdar.

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  • Crossing Jebel Akhdar

    There is a road going across the Jebel Akhdar up to a spectacular viewpoint at an altitude of 2,000m and then going down the Wadi Bani Awf. The panorama along this road, literally cutting into the side of the mountains, is spectacular. The journey is a one day round trip from Muscat-> Nizwa 140km -> Direction Ibri 34km-> Right dir. Al...

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  • The Balcony Walk, Jabal Shams

    Going up to the Jabal Shams (3,009m) is not for everyone but , more accessible to any reasonably fit person, is the 'balcony walk' .This walk is a spectacular 5hrs round trip walk along an impressive cliff through a safe and well marked footpath. It ends at the deserted village of Al Hayl (1,950m) with hanging terraces above an impressive 400m arch...

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  • Trekking to Nakh Waterfall

    Magnificent is not too much to describe this one day special journey which will take you first through a spectacular walk along the cliff of the canyon to reach the 80m high waterfall and continuing abseiling into the canyon itself to return to your starting point nearby the village of Nakh. Another adventure I would recommend you to do accompanied...

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  • The Balcony Abseil

    Opened in 2003 by Patrick and Nathalie, a couple of French professional climbers, this spectacular abseil of 150m starts from the top of the Jabal Shams plateau and ends next to the abandoned village of Al Hayl (1,950m). On your way down to the village, you will pass along a pool of standing water known as Bir'r Dakhilyah, behind which is a...

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  • The track to Nakh

    From the old village of Ghul, enter into the wadi (Canyon) by car and continue until you reach the village of Nakh.On your way you will see a strange phenomena: The road looks alike going downward and the small stream of water on the side looks like flowing upward! This optical effect is due to the slope of the geological strates.In the village of...

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  • Wadi Ghul

    The abandonned village of Ghul is a beautifull spot for site seing and the start for a further exploration into the wadi (cayon) of the same name. A 4WD car or a good pair of legs is strongly recomended to explore the wadi which continues toward the village of Nakh.Ghul can be reached from Muscat taking the road to Nizwa, then direction Ibri for...

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  • Don't miss trekking in Quryat

    In my 4 years of living in Oman, I always remember Quryat as my favourite place.Quryat was a village not too deep inside Jebel Akhdar (I think) mountains range near the town of Nizwa. There was a small river 4-5 meter width, 30cm depth always flowing over there. Our trekking included walking alongside the river, crossing the river several times and...

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  • Don't miss trekking in Quryat

    In my 4 years of living in Oman, I always remember Quryat as my favourite place.Quryat was a village not too deep inside Jebel Akhdar (I think) mountains range near the town of Nizwa. There was a small river 4-5 meter width, 30cm depth always flowing over there. Our trekking included walking alongside the river, crossing the river several times and...

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  • Walk in the Wadi's

    We drove (and walked) into several Wadi's throughout our stay in Oman. It was almost like entering a different and very tropical country. There are many beautiful Wadi's within 2 hours drive of Muscat. It is a nice way to see how some of the local people live.

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  • Tanuf Village

    Tanuf was destroyed in the 1950's, by the British RAF, at the request of the Sultan of Muscat and Oman. At that time the tribesmen in the Tanuf region of the Jebel Akhdar mountains were in opposition to the Government of the day.

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  • Tanuf

    Tanuf, a ruined village in the Jebal Akdhar, near Nizwa (See my Travelogue for more info) There is now a mineral water bottling factory here.

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  • Drive through Suhaar

    We enjoyed driving through the low traffic and winding highways of Suhaar. The roadside oases and date plantations are very picturesque. The farmers are very friendly and will host you to Arabic tea, if you have a taste for it.This picture was taken during our second trip to Oman in late November 2003.

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  • The Wadi Sahtan

    The Wadi Sahtan has some spectacular views. The picture here is of a damaged building beneath the towering Jabal Sham. Note the clouds over the top of the building. I wonder if by now it has been renovated, like so many of the wonderful old buildings? The slide is nearly 25 years old, but I well remember taking the pictureOne of many memories that...

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  • The interior regions of Oman

    The interior regions of Oman are spectaculally beautiful. In the mid 70's there were almost no tarmac roads, and journies had to be by four wheel drive vehicles. Views, such as the one in the photo - of Wadi Sahtan somewhere near Rustaq - are a lifelong reminder of out of the way places that really shouldn't be missed

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  • Local People

    I couldn't resist placing this picture here. It is of a brightly clothed Omani woman who, I believe, was washing up some pots, although she could have been washing some vegetables or perhaps fruit. I wonder if there is now a piped supply of water in the village for this purpose? I've forgotten the location, but probably the Wadi Sahtan.

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  • Wadi Tanuf, ruins old village

    We walked around between the ruins of the old village of Tanuf. Only the mosque is less ruined. It was intriguing to stroll around, because the old irrigation system, the falaj was still in tact. In the ruins of each house it was possible to take the steps down. We did several times and there we found the clear running water.

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  • Wadi Tanuf, old village

    The new built Tanuf is known of the factory for mineral water.We visited the old village of Tanuf. This old village is destroyed in the Jabal war in 1959 and never rebuilt.The troops of the imam were hiding in the the Wadi Tanuf. The inhabitants of the village flied to the mountains and the village is bombed. The remains of the village are still...

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  • Wadi Tanuf

    20 KM west of Nizwa we visited picturesque Wadi Tanuf.At the end of the road into the wadi is a dam. This dam is constructed for floodcontrol, like all the dams in Oman, and not as a reservoir. The wadi is a favourite picknick spot. We didn't picknick, but walked a bit around to have a look at the old falaj system.

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  • Misfah village

    From the plateau we went another 500 M to the Misfah village by road. The best thing to do is to go by feet.The small alleys the centre of the mountainvillage are only reachable by feet. In the centre of the village with houses, built of natural stone, it is forbidden to take pictures. We decided not to enter the village, because of lack of time...

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  • Area of al-Hamra, palmeraie Misfah

    The plateau with the spectacular view at the village of Misfah was a nice area for a picknick and a rest. So here we took our lunch, enjoying the beautifull view at the palmeraie, just down under the Misfah village and the rough and barren mountains around.Between the rocks we tried to descend to the palmeraie, but there was not a suitable way to...

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  • Misfah in the surrounding landscape.

    From Al-Hamra is a small unpaved road leading into the mountains, to the mountainvillage Misfah. We couldn't find this road, so a boy on a bike showed us the way up. After about 7 KMs we reached a plateau with some buildings, a playground and some sunshelters.From here we had the most beautifull view at the village of Misfah. It looked like the...

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