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Oman Things to Do

  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Muscat Things to Do

    The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is Oman's main mosque. Construction on the mosque began in 1995 and ended in 2001. The massive structure, constructed of Indian sandstone, holds 20,000 worshipers total, but only 6,500 in the main prayer hall. The mosque features a 90 meter tall main minaret flanked by four 45.5 meter minarets. The prayer carpet in...

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  • Muttrah Souq

    Muscat Things to Do

    This is a traditional Arabian souq- a warren of alleys with stalls where you are persuaded to buy traditional perfume, incense and incense burners for a couple of rials; trinkets, pashmina shawls, exotic looking dresses, and carved boxes. The ceilings that protect shoppers from the overpowering heat are made of wooden beams or traditional straw...

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  • Al Alam Palace

    Muscat Things to Do

    WE went to see the palace that had been built for an international gathering. Since then, I believe , it has become a public area and hotel, The tiles and greenery are beautiful, and the sheltered areas are most welcome as protection in the heat of the day,

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  • Old Town

    Muscat Things to Do

    Old Muscat is located at the southern end of Muscat. It is the administration area and houses majestic buildings and old forts. It is the cleanest place I have seen. (The cleaning personnel works 24 hrs a day). Old Muscat is a quiet and atmospheric area, but it's nothing to do here in the nights. The old city walls were used to surround the old...

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  • The Corniche - Muttrah

    Muscat Things to Do

    The Corniche is one of the nicest, and most touristy parts of old Muttrah in Muscat. This is a pedestrian-friendly area with wide sidewalks, plenty of shady rest areas, lots of street art, and beautiful views of the market. On the opposite side of the street you will find the Souk, some low-budget hotels, and several mosques. The Corniche runs from...

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  • Al Jalali Fort

    Muscat Things to Do

    Guarding the Muscat bay at the eastern end, Al Jalali Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1587 and named Forte de São João (i.e., Saint John's Fort). Its Arabic name is said to derive from the Portuguese "João". Like the Mirani Fort at the opposite end of the bay, Al Jalali's purpose was to protect Portuguese ships against the threat of attack,...

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  • Amouage Perfume Factory

    Muscat Things to Do

    Saw this on the tourist map and thought it might be an interesting place to see. The tour was free of the small perfume factory where everything is done by hand! The guide explains how the perfumes are made and shows you where they are produced and you see the bottles being filled and packaged by the small workforce. These perfumes are some of the...

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  • Shatti el-Qurm

    Muscat Things to Do

    Qurum Beach is a long stretch of golden sand. One end is near where the hotels and cafeterias can be found. It is only about a minute walk to reach the beach from there. Unfortunately I could not take advantage of the beach, but do if you have the opportunity.

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  • Muttrah Fort

    Muscat Things to Do

    Muttrah Fort lies on a tall, steep hill along the Corniche, overlooking the Souk of Muttrah. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the Sixteenth Century. Formerly a prison, the fort is now being renovated as a tourist attraction. From the back (Souk) side of the fort, you can climb stairs right up to the tiny door, but it is closed and...

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  • Ruwi

    Muscat Things to Do

    Originally a separate village, Ruwi is now yet another neighbourhood in the row of towns that make up Greater Muscat. Ruwi is located inland in a valley (Wadi al-Kabir) behind Matrah and is surrounded by rugged mountains. It has traditionally been the financial and business centre of Greater Muscat where many relatively higher modern buildings have...

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  • Mirani Fort

    Muscat Things to Do

    The Matrah "Dark Market" Souq is an area of open walkways. The "Dark" comes from the overhead roof that was put above the corridors to give shade and a cooling effect. The Matrah Souq is arguable the oldest and best example of the traditional souqs in the entire peninsula and definitely the most iconic in Oman. Everything is available from spices...

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  • Riyam Park

    Muscat Things to Do

    Located at the eastern end of the Matrah Corniche, al Riyam Park takes advantage of stunning views and the unique natural landscape. The green park is located on a small peninsula and includes two steep hills, one of which contains an ancient Portuguese watchtower. The second hill, further inland, is crowned with a white modern watchtower built to...

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  • Sultan Armed Forces Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    The Sultan's Armed Forces Museum (SAF) provides a good insight into the growth, development and status of Oman since the pre-Islamic times. The museum does center around military and political development of Oman, with lots of photographs, maps and paraphernalia to convey their points. There is commentary about the expansion over the Arabian...

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  • Omani-French Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    Elsewhere in the walled city you can visit the Omani-French Museum, a rather less interesting collection of documents and artefacts relating to the friendship between France and Oman, located in the original French embassy building.

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  • Bait Al Zubair Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    This is a great museum to give you an insight into Omani life with its wide range of displays of handicrafts, jewellery and weapons. There are a few exhibits outside too of a traditional house and boat. Entry fee: Ro 1000 for tourists. Open Sat -Thurs from 9am-1pm and 4-7pm.

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  • Gate Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    Of a recent and more symbolic construction, the Muscat Gate signals the arrival into Old Muscat. It was built in a traditional Omani style over Al-Bahri Road, the main road linking Old Muscat to Matrah. The structure over the gate houses the Muscat Gate House Museum, which focuses on the history of Muscat and its royal family.

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  • Touristy but worth a visit: Wadi Bani...

    Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the touristy things to do in Oman... sometimes we're not all in the mood for a crazy adventure on the wild side, so why not?We stopped here on the 2nd day of our road trip towards Sur. It is located approx. 200km from Muscat and approx. 100km from Sur, in a region known as Sharqiyah. Wadi Bani Khalid is famous for its...

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  • Nature never seizes to amaze: Bimmah...

    This sinkhole is about 500m inland and is 40m wide and 20m deep, and is one of Oman's many natural wonders. It is located near the coast (ca. 200m) and there is a fresh-water spring and cave system inside this limestone crater. It appears that the smashing waves created a deeper and deeper cave underground, working their way towards the underground...

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  • The Ras al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors...

    If you are interested in wild life and especially in marine biology and conservation, then a trip to this centre is a must!The Omani coast provides one of the world's largest breeding and nesting sites for various species of turtles, and thankfully over the past few year the Omani government has stepped-up its efforts to protect the natural habitat...

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  • Off the beath path: Wadi Al Khaba

    On our drive from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Ras Al Jinz, we decided to spend our 1st night of the road trip camping in a wadi. Our friend had been to Wadi Al Khaba before and sure enough, it was a great place!The wadi* is very long with various small villages clinging to its steep sides. The drive in took us about 1 hour (you will definitely...

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  • Wahiba Sands

    The Sands can be visited as a daytrip from Muscat. Beautiful copper coloured sands, with camels, Bedouins and authentic desert living.A 4x4 vehicle is a must, and might be best to go on an organized trip with a driver and guide.It is a destination in Oman that can keep you busy for a few days. The road from Muscat to Wahiba Sands is extremely...

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  • Western Hajar Mountains

    Distance from Muscat - 200 km (to Al Hamra)Average drive time - 2.5 hoursHow to get there - Saloon cars and 4-wheel drives can be hired from Car rental agencies. Four wheel drives are required for off road into the mountains and wadis. Beyond Nizwa, the southern flanks of the Western Hajar Mountains can be readily seen rising over 2000 metres above...

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  • MUTTTAH SOUQ, Muscat

    * * * UNDER CONSTRUCTION * * > Gold Jewellery> Amber, Amethists, other precious stones & crystals> Souvenirs> T-shirts, sandals, general clothing> Frankincense, Sandalwood, etc.

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  • FOR 1 TO 2 DAYS TRIP

    Visit 1) the Grand Mosque 2) The Sultan's Palace 3) Take a walk around corniche at sunrise or at sunset 4) Go to Riyam park and check out the view of the city from the tallerst tower 5) Go shopping at the Mutrah Souq and 6) Visit the Bait al Baranda Museum behind Naseem Hotel. Make sure you taste the seafood platter at Marina Hotel.

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  • Walking Tour: Mutrah to Muscat

    This walking tour can take up one full day. I started my tour at Mutrah Port. If you are there early enough, visit the fish market. Walk along the cornishe, pass the Al-Samak roundabout. From here one already have a beautiful view of Mutrah Fort. On the right hand side you will see the beautiful merchant's houses. Further on, at the traffic lights,...

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  • Camel Races

    On the way back from Wahiba Sands to Muscat (about 80km before Muscat), camel races were taking place in a small road side village. If you get the oppurtunity, you should try your best to watch this local sport. Men, young and old are dresses in traditional attire, with belt and khanjars. The race was attended by a huge crowd of men, women and...

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  • Cost of Living

    Hi I was given an offer to Oman Sohar as an interior designer, with a pay of 430 OR..Is it possible that i can save enough money in a year before i go back to the Philippines. and how much is the rate for a room share with 1 person as long as the place is clean and safe..and at the afordable and reasonable price..

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  • Treasure hunting at the souk

    Go for a evening walk in the lovely stalls of the Muttrah souk/market. Here you'll find almost anything and it's like walking into the Thousand Nights and a Night. Some great quality stuff and some touristic gifts side by side here you can do a bargain on silver and gems.

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  • Desert safari

    We wanted to see the golden desert of Oman but we never thought we'd get such great service! It was off-season (the desert camps where you can stay overnight are closed in July and August due to bad weather) when we visited in late July and hard to find anybody willing to take us out there. We read that Al Qabil Rest House is a meeting point for...

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  • Whadi Bani Khalid

    The wadi can be visited as part of the daytrip to Wahiba Sands. The winding road which you take to get to the wadi is in itself a great experience. Magnificent views of the mountains, with some look-out points.It is worth visiting more than just the waterhole. The villages at the other end is a wonderful experience, as it is not touristy - and very...

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  • Day trips from Muscat

    It is well worth taking a trip to the desert (Wahiba Sand) and Wadi Bani Khalid. It can be very expensive for the solo traveler (OMR 120). It is better to go as a group of 4 people, to share costs. Our trip was great, but did not include everything that was promised as part of the package. No Bedouin Family visit, a very poor lunch (from a...

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  • see the turtle at ras el jinz

    one magic beach with a wonderful turquese sea where at the sunset turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.stay at the nearby campsite, the friendly owner arranges transportation and entrance fees to the beach at night. with the same ticket you can go back to the beach at down to see baby turtles emerging from the sand and rush to the sea.

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  • Photography

    Oman provides fantastic photo oppurtunities.From beautiful architecture in Muscat to the natural beauty of Wahiba Sands.I did find a polarizing filter useful in the desert.Do enjoy these great oppurtunities!

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  • Sultan's Palace

    This is a very interesting building. You will have a great view from the harbour side of Mutrah.Do make up your own mind - do you like this building or not.

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  • Getting around the country

    Excited so you should be its great!!We normally arrive at the camp around 1500-1600 and then relax before the afternoon drive and sunset watch. Then we usally do the morning drive again at 0830 / 0900 and then leave after that.Most of the hotels are free of chavs!! so dont be worried about groups of tracksuit clad parents and burberry kids.80 OMR...

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  • Incredible Cave

    The Al Hota or Hooty (Ive seen both) Cave is being developed into quite a tourist attraction as of late. It is located just outside the city of Nizwa (old capital) in the Sharqiya region of Oman. The cave has a visitors center and Omans first train (quite small but people get excited) to ride it into the cave. The cave has to be one of the most...

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  • Visit a Bedouin Family in Wahiba Sands

    Wahiba sands has miles of golden sand dunes, and is worth a visit if you want to see some desert. You can take a trip across the sands, which involves camping and takes about 3 days but we didn't have time so just visited for a day.Our guide took us to visit a Bedouin family to see how they live. You can go inside the tent and talk (via guide...

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  • Muscat - Snorkelling

    We took 2 snorkelling trips while in Muscat. One was organised by our travel company and we had a group of about 8 people on the boat, from 2 hotels. This one was pretty average and the location was close to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel. The sea was not very calm and visibility was not brilliant - but those that persevered saw a reasonable amount.The...

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  • Sur - Dhows and Shark Fishermen

    Sur was a hub for trade with Zanzibar, India and China and you can still see the dhows being built in the traditional way by craftsmen in the boatbuilders yard. While we were there they were building an enormous new dhow for the Sultan. It is a very pretty town on the coast, with a laid back and friendly atmosphere. You can go to the beach and...

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  • Mutrah Fort

    One of the outstanding memories of Oman, is the forts to be seen all over. The Mutrah fort overlooks the Mutrah part of Muscat.Although closed for visiting, its worth climbing the steps up to the entrance. From there, you'll have beautiful views of Mutrah!

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  • Bahla

    Visit Bahla when you are in Nizwa. It is a short trip (take a microbus) to this small town. The magnificent fort is enough reason to spend a few hours here. Unfortunately it is not open for visitors at this stage (it is undergoing restoration).There is also a souk which can be visited during the morning.

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  • Tours in Oman

    I am against tours in any country because I firmly believe you cant really gain insight into a place if you dont mingle with the people and get to know them and the Middle East is a fantastic place to do this but there are folks out there that have to get a tour for whatever reason. It is true that Oman is not an easy place to travel around due to...

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  • Spectacular Sand Dunes

    Oman has some of the best sand dunes in all of Arabia. The Wahiba Sands which is luckily enough only 25 km from my apartment is a place to see true Arabian Dunes. The camp is run by Bedu and despite having all the modern day conveniences such as toilets and lights, the overnight camp gives you the chance to do some serious dune bashing in the old...

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  • Bayt Az-Zubair - Museum

    In the walled city of Muscat. It should not be missed, as it gives a good idea of what Omani history and culture is about. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored home. There is a coffee shop and a shop with an excellent collection of books on Oman for sale. Admission is OMR 1, photography is prohibited in the museum.Hours: Sat - Thu...

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  • Nizwa

    Nizwa makes an easy daytrip from Muscat. I took the bus from the station in Ruwi. It is not possible to reserve a seat, buy a ticket from the driver. The bus leaves at 08h00 and also at 14h30. The trip takes about 2h20min.The Fort in Nizwa is most probably the most visited site in Nizwa. It is worth taking the trip to see this well preserved...

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