Oman Travel Guide

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Muscat

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434,1198,55

Salalah

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97,253,7

Khasab

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29,94,4

Nizwa

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22,79,9

Sur

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33,84,2

Al Buraymi

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4,14,0

Tiwi

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12,23,0

Al Hamra'

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14,26,0

Ibra

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11,6,0

Rustaq

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8,13,0

Jabrin

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13,25,0

Shinas

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Nakhl

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8,52,0

Suhar

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1,5,0

Mirbat

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3,20,0

`Ibri

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1,3,0

Hayma'

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1,1,0

Barka'

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8,6,0

Al Hazm

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4,9,0

Bahla'

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8,22,0

Qalhat

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8,22,0

Al Hajar al Gharbi

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10,35,0

Tanuf

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6,17,0

Film

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0,3,0

As Sib

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0,6,0

Muscat

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  • 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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  • InterContinental Al Bustan Palace Muscat

    Muscat Hotels

    If you have a chance to visit this prestigious hôtel , you will not regret it. Outstanding...

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  • See the sea

    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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Salalah

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  • Road to Salalah from Dubai

    Salalah Favorites

    Via Al Ain, cross Mezyad border, drive to Ibri and at Ibri take the right road to Salalah This road byepasses Nizwa and joins somehwere in between the Adam~Hayma route which leads to Thumrayt and then to Salalah. Yet to visit Salalah...!!

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  • Hilton Salalah

    Salalah Hotels

    People might find it difficult to believe this, but I rerouted my Miami to Brussels flight on...

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  • Scuba Diving

    Salalah Sports & Outdoors

    Oman has a varied coastline over 1600 km long. There is a wealth of underwater flora, marine life and diving thrills awaiting the underwater explorer. you can rent diving Equipment

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Khasab

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  • Pricey but very good buffet with a view

    Khasab Restaurants

    The Golden Tulip hotel, just outside town on the road that heads back to the UAE, is your only fine-dining option in Khasab. It's not expensive by big-city standards, but it's by far the most expensive (and best) place to eat in the Musandam Peninsula. I went there for the buffet barbecue that they have a few days a week, and sat out on the...

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  • Golden Tulip Khasab Hotel Res

    Khasab Hotels

    Po Box 434

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Sometimes a 4x4 can be nice...

    Khasab Transportation

    I wished I had a 4x4 on two occasions during my stay in Khasab--first to go on my own to the As Sayh plateau (you pass it on the mountain safari tour, on the road toward Dibba) and another time to go to the beach at Khor an-Najd (if you take the mountain safari tour, you'll probably go up to the top of this mountain pass, but not all the way to the...

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Nizwa

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  • All Things Spicy and Tasty!

    Nizwa Restaurants

    Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes are on the menu at Spicy Village in Nizwa. It is part of a small chain of restaurants with branches in Ruwi, Rusayl, Sohar, and Al-Khuwair.The Nizwa restaurant was very basic but very clean, with speedy service and full of happy customers, many of which work for various construction companies in the area. It...

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  • Golden Tulip Nizwa

    Nizwa Hotels

    Hai A Thurat, Nizwa, 611, OM

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • More ruins

    Nizwa Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a good driver or the money to hire an actual guide/tour you will probably see this place. Sorry I lost my notes but if I recall correctly it was about a45 min to an hour from Nizwa. If you happen to know the name of the place shoot me a note and I will update it.Thx

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Sur

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  • SUR DOORS

    Sur Favorites

    All doors in old Sur are really pieces of art.It is sometimes reflecting the origin of the family

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  • Sur Plaza Hotel

    Sur Hotels

    This is pretty much the only hotel in the area... Supposedly a 4 stars hotel, I still don't know...

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  • Corniche

    Sur Things to Do

    One of the best things to do in Sur during the winter season is to go for a walk down on the revamped waterfront that the government is finally putting some money into. It is one of the only places I know of that you can walk around in the evening and view the Arabian Sea and stars by yourself. It is an awesome feeling to listen and see the Arabian...

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Al Buraymi

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  • Highway E 44 turns to Highway 5

    Al Buraymi Things to Do

    like what i've said, when you booked a desert safari tour from dubai, the direct route going to hatta which is about an hour drive from downtown dubai via Highway E 44 will cross into the Al Buraymi District of Oman and the highway becomes Highway 5 for a few kilometers and you will be inside oman without a visa! albeit there is nothing to see but...

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  • YOU CAN'T WALK IN ANYMORE !

    Al Buraymi Local Customs

    This is a real shame. I was able to walk here – into Oman – for free from Al Ain in the UAE. I though that was really cool. There used to be no border here. There is now! So if you want to run between the borders like I did you will probably have to pay a fee of about $20 coming into Oman. Doing the reverse and going into the UAE may be free. If...

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  • Al Khandaq Fort

    Al Buraymi Things to Do

    Staying in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and being close to the Sultanate of Oman me and my travel company decided to go to the dessert city of Al Ain, UAE and cross the border to Oman. Normally when entering Oman you will have to apply for a visa but according to our guide it was possible to enter Oman with a visa if only visiting the city of Al...

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Tiwi

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  • Old tomb

    Tiwi Things to Do

    During the journey along the rugged coastal gravel road to Tiwi, you will come across this structure in the photograph which is actually an old tomb of the local people. Apparently, there used to be many of these tombs around here, but many are demolished to make way for the new talmac road which will replace the gravel road soon. The view of the...

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  • Entrance to the coastal road from Muscat...

    Tiwi Things to Do

    The entrance to the rugged coastal road from Muscat to Sur where Tiwi, Qalhat etc are located is somewhere after the town of Qurayyat which is south of Muscat. From the main talmac road, this gravel road is rather discrete and the initial part goes along a dry wadi between two hills. After that, the gravel road goes up and down through several...

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  • Stunning views of the Eastern Hajar...

    Tiwi Things to Do

    There are many stunning views of the rugged Eastern Hajar Mountains during the journey from Muscat to Tiwi. This mountain range dominates the coastal area south of Muscat all the way to the Wahiba Sands desert.

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Al Hamra'

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  • Al-Hotta Cave

    Al Hamra' Things to Do

    Al-Hotta Cave in brief Al Hotta cave is located at the foot of Jabal Shams, in the vicinity of the Tanuf Valley in Al Hamra district. It is more than 5km long traversed by underground River. The Omani Ministry of Tourism have undertaken an initiative to make the lower part of the cave an environmentally sound tourist attraction. A socio-economic...

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  • Walking tour of Misfat

    Al Hamra' Things to Do

    Entrance is free. Opening hours are daylight. There is no guard, no official notices or placards.When you arrive at this pedestrian-only town, park just on the outside and walk in. Follow the beaten path into the old corridors. Do not wonder into any homes unless you have permission. Do now walk in any of the terraced fields. Do not pick or eat any...

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  • Appropriate Conduct and Dress

    Al Hamra' Local Customs

    Al Hamra and more specifically Misfat Al Abriyyin are conservative Muslim towns. The people are wonderfully polite and courteous, so it would be respectful to pay them the same courtesy!The people in the area dress with typical robes and headdresses. While it is not expected that you do the same, it is respectable to cover your upper arms. Also, if...

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Ibra

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  • Tourist Trap? What is that?

    Ibra Tourist Traps

    Ibra is one of the least visited cities in Oman so it doesnt attract huge tourist groups that Nizwa or Muscat gets. The only real tourists are the ones that pass through on their way to Sur or to the Wahiba Sand Dunes. The only chance of being ripped off would be in the Wednesday souq but even then the locals will not take advantage like people in...

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  • Minzfah

    Ibra Things to Do

    Old Ibra as the locals call it is a place where time travel is possible. The village of Minzfah has the appearance of a village that has been abandoned after a great storm. Palm tree leaves cover the paths and roads while dust and dirt give way to small green gardens owned by some of the few Bedouin people that still live here. The locals are super...

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  • Travelling Sharqiya Region from Ibra

    Ibra Transportation

    One of the biggest reasons why Ibra doesnt see more travellers because independant backpackers are unheard of and are extremely rare because travellers are unaware of the transportation scene. Travelling Oman alone is a challenge and half and I reckon it is the most difficult place to travel around in the Middle East (more difficult than Yemen or...

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Rustaq

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  • rustaq springs

    Rustaq Things to Do

    While the source of the spring has been enclosed solely for viewing, the shaded rest area complete with playground makes for a welcome break.

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  • Rustaq Fort

    Rustaq Things to Do

    Rustaq fort was built four centuries prior to the dawn of Islam (6 B.C.) in Oman.It is a building constructed of special selected stones fixed together by mortar and mud - bricks. It is built on three levels, containing separate houses, an armoury, a mosque, several wells, Bayadha mosque, and the tomb of late Imam/Sultan bin Seif (Qaidh Al Ardh)....

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  • Hello Abdul

    Rustaq Local Customs

    I had a great respect for my students, and wish I had had more time to really get to know them better. Unfortunately when I left Oman, I failed to make notes of full anmes and addresses. So, wherever you travel, take a notebook and pencil with you, or you'll regret it.BTW, I'm on the left,but I still can't get over how brown I was - just like a...

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Jabrin

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  • Jabrin Fort

    Jabrin Things to Do

    One of the most impressive forts in Oman, Jabrin Fort has some impressive carvings on its balconies and ceilings and is situated overlooking desert plains.

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  • View of the entire Jabrin Fort

    Jabrin Favorites

    Jabrin Fort is so huge that you need to move quite far away to be able to capture the entire fort in the photograph. The huge car park in front of the fort is a good place to try to take this photograph.

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  • The jail room

    Jabrin Favorites

    The jail room at Jabrin Fort is interesting with its dangling handcuffs. I managed to have this interesting photograph taken, but mindful that this was once a place where the prisoners had suffered during their imprisonment.

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Nakhl

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  • Explore the town

    Nakhl Things to Do

    It is very safe to walk around the Nakhl town and explore how the locals live. Generally, Omanis are very friendly people. The town is very traditional and beautiful among the rugged mountains.

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  • A' Thowarah Spring

    Nakhl Things to Do

    This nice spring is located in Nakhl near to the fort and is a popular picnic and relaxing place for the locals. There is a hot spring from water flowing from the Western Hajar Mountains as well as a small stream which is teeming with fishes. Beautiful date palm trees line the stream and you have a really nice place for relaxation. You can meet a...

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  • View of the Nakhl town & surroundings

    Nakhl Things to Do

    The best view of Nahkl town & surroundings must be from the top of Nakhl Fort. From here, you can see almost everything even those in very far distance.

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Mirbat

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  • Bayt al-Siduf

    Mirbat Things to Do

    Bayt al-Sidduf is one of three remaining traditional, fortified, merchants' houses in the centre of Mirbat. It is a crumbling ruin and in danger of total collapse.

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  • Mirbat Castle

    Mirbat Things to Do

    Mirbat Castle was originally built in the 19th century. In July 1972 it was defended by Omani Army and British SAS soldiers against several hundred communist insurgents in the Battle of Mirbat.

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  • Tomb of Bin Ali

    Mirbat Things to Do

    Just outside Mirbat, on the road to Salalah, is the tomb of Mohammed bin Ali Al-Alawi, a descendant of the son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed, who set up a madrassa (religious school) in Mirbat and died here in 1161. His twin onion-domed mausoleum stands in the middle of a large Islamic cemetery. The stone sarcophagus inside the airconditioned...

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