Oman Travel Guide

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Muscat

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461,1313,55

Salalah

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102,265,7

Khasab

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33,111,4

Nizwa

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23,85,9

Sur

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34,87,2

Tiwi

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12,23,0

Barka'

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19,54,0

Al Buraymi

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4,14,0

Mirbat

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3,23,0

Ibra

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11,6,0

Al Hamra'

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14,29,0

Rustaq

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8,15,0

Shinas

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Matrah

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32,151,0

`Ibri

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1,3,0

Tanuf

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6,20,0

Suhar

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1,5,0

Ruwi

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0,1,1

Jabrin

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13,25,0

Hasik

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0,3,0

Bahla'

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8,25,0

Adam

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0,3,0

Qalhat

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8,22,0

Bilad as Sur

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Al Hajar al Gharbi

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10,35,0

Muscat

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  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    5 out of 5 stars

    Muscat Things to Do

    If you take the Expressway from the airport towards the city you'll travel past the Grand Mosque completed in 2001,for the 30th year as Head of State for his Majesty the Sultan Qaboos. It should definitely be on every Muscat visitors itinerary because, to me, it is a wonderful building, set in peaceful contemplative gardens. The scale of it is...

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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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  • Bus

    Muscat Transportation

    The bus from Oman National Bus Company is leaving Dubai from Al Rigga road at 7 am, you can buy the ticket in the office in advance, or if not allready full, someone will sell tickets next to the bus. It takes 6 hours arriving in Muscat a few minutes after the money changer closed his shop for a long lunch break. It is 55 VAE Dirham. At the border...

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Salalah

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Khasab

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  • Snorkeling

    Khasab Things to Do

    The area has abundant supply of tropical fish a few unique to the Persian gulf. There are limited reefs in the area but the boat stops in a couple of areas with decent snorkeling. I didn't have an underwater camera with me so snapped these from above.

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  • Golden Tulip Khasab Hotel Res

    Khasab Hotels

    Po Box 434

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Dolphins

    Khasab Things to Do

    Musendam is famous for its humpback dolphins that like nothing better than a chance to play in the dhow boats wake. Once they catch a ride they will follow the boat surfing the wake for 15 to 20 minutes until they exhaust themselves.

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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: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    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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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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Barka'

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  • The big mosque

    Barka' Things to Do

    This is the big mosque of town and it is a pity that we had just passed by it on our way to the fishmarket instead of getting out of the bus and exploring the interior as well. Unfortunately there are also some street-constructions going on in that area.

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  • The market for vegetables

    Barka' Things to Do

    The market for vegetables is seperated from the fishmarket, but next to it and the first funny or rather an interesting detail was for me the fact, that fresh sardines were sold on the fishmarket, but the dried sardines are sold on the vegetable-market ( see my 3rd photo ! ). Such markets are a good place to buy Dates and we have learned that dates...

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  • The fishmarket

    Barka' Things to Do

    Fishing in the sea of Oman is only allowed for local Omanis and not for anybody else. This was ruled by the Sultan already decades ago and that was a clever decicion that gave work and income to many local people. And so the fishmarket is also under local control and interesting to see for tourists coming to Oman.Fishing is done by tiny boats, the...

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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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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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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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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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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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Matrah

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  • Corniche in Mutrah

    Matrah Things to Do

    From the fish market and the harbour in Mutrah to old Muscat this very nice walk is a must for all visitors. It takes about one hour walking and it is less than 5 kilometers Mosk on the cornicheSultan Qaboos floating palaceSouk entrance

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  • Matrah Fort

    Matrah Things to Do

    This castle high above the Corniche of Mutrah is called Matrah Fort / Mutrah Fort and it dates back to the 16th century. This fortification was built by the Portugese and is obviously still used for military purposes nowadays. Tourists will be able to step up a lot of stairs in order to get there and enjoy a great view over the bay, but there is no...

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  • Riyam Park & a giant incense burner

    Matrah Things to Do

    At the western end of the Corniche of Matrah you will find Riyam Park on a small peninsula with a lot of artificially watered plants and trees and on top of the hill a tower that looks like a giant incense burner, we had been told that this tower was a present by the Sultan to his country a few years ago.This incense burner will be lighted at night...

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