Oman – Contrasting beauty with traditional charm from 1001 Nights

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Imposing mountain ranges, bright yellow desert dunes, green oases, beautiful beaches and lush green landscapes – paired with oriental customs, an aromatic cuisine with fragrant spices and imposing architectural masterpieces from all eras – all this is Oman.

Embark on a journey to a country characterized by tradition and modernity at the same time and be amazed by the unique landscapes!

Experience Muscat with all your senses

The capital of Oman, about a 6.5 hour flight away, is the cultural center of the country. The huge, white incense burner monument towers high above the port center of Mutrah and welcomes all seafarers. At its feet stretch the gardens of the pretty Al Riyam Park and the cozy Corniche harbor promenade, which leads to the city’s next highlight – the Mutrah Souk. Omani handicrafts, towels, fruits, vegetables, nuts and countless spices are offered in the alleys of the largest bazaar in Oman. If you don’t find it right away, lift your nose to the wind and follow the many smells of saffron, frankincense and other herbs and spices. From here, a photo stop at the royal Al Alam Palace is also worthwhile. Sultan Qaboos, who is extremely popular with the people, had this colorful palace built for state receptions. But it could also have served as a backdrop for Aladdin or Ali Babar.

View of the Mutrah Corniche waterfront in Muscat | © Ministry of Heritage & Tourism Sultanate of Oman

A mosque of superlatives

One of the world’s largest mosques was built in Muscat by its namesake Sultan Qaboos. When visiting, body-covering clothing and a headscarf must be worn. The mosque is a true masterpiece and a must see when visiting the city. Travelers marvel at the magnificent sandstone structure, the huge Swarovski chandelier, the magnificent decorations on the walls and ceiling, and the gigantic prayer rug.

By now it should be clear – Oman is a Muslim country. The traditional dishdasha clothing, usually a light-colored men’s garment, is proudly worn together with the kumma as headgear. First of all, it should be said that women in Oman are treated equally to their male counterparts, unlike women in some neighboring countries. She works at all levels, serves in the military and holds public positions, including high-ranking ones.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque | © Ministry of Heritage & Tourism Sultanate of Oman

A trip inland

Hospitality, safety and the overwhelming beauty of the landscape are as natural in Oman as daily prayer.

The roads in the Sultanate are well developed. Renting a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for those who like to venture off the beaten track. After a detour to Barka, a port city northwest of Muscat and a visit to the large, traditional fish market there, the journey leads inland. Desert oases, fortresses, gigantic canyons and huge sand dunes are on the way. The south of the country is hit by the monsoons and is lush green with waterfalls and lush agriculture.

the Hajar Mountains in Oman

The Hajar Mountains of inland Oman | © Ministry of Heritage & Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Highlights of Oman

Oasis town of Nakhl – Fort Nakhl, one of the most important structures in the country, sits enthroned on a 60-meter-high rocky plateau above the city and its sea of ​​palm trees.

Nakhal Fort in Oman

View from Fort Nakhl | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Oasis town of Nizwa – Nowhere better to experience the simple life and customs of the Omanis than in Nizwa. The hustle and bustle of the bazaar and the large livestock market, where livestock of all kinds are traded with a handshake every Friday, are just a few examples.

Nizwa Goat Market

At the cattle market in Nizwa | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

wadis – There are countless of the mostly dry riverbeds so typical of Oman in the country. One of the most beautiful is called Wadi Bani Awf. Framed by steep rock formations, the path leads deep into the valley over gravel roads and serpentines, past a green oasis overgrown with date palms.

Wadi Bani Khalid in Oman

The Wadi Bani Kahlid | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Jebel Shams – As part of the gigantic Hajar Mountains, the mountain is the highest peak in the country at 3,075 meters. A highlight of the region is the mighty gorge Wadi Nakhar, also known as the Grand Canyon of Oman. A walk along the canyon rim promises fantastic views.

Jabel Shams in Oman

Mount Jebel Shams | © Ministry of Heritage & Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Wahiba Sands – An almost gigantic desert sea in yellow, orange and red tones. Visitors experience the meter-high sand dunes, the life of the Bedouins and their camel rearing during the day and spend the night in desert camps under a dreamlike starry sky.

Overnight in the desert of Oman

Camping under the stars | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Fjord landscape Musandam – The northernmost tip of Oman is home to the archipelago of the Musandam region. Steep rock formations plunge into the crystal clear ocean. This spectacle is best explored by boat or on dives to see fascinating sea creatures ranging from dolphins to rays and turtles.

Diving at Dhofar Beach

Pacific lionfish off the coast of Dhofar | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Salalah – From October to May, the region shines in lush green colors. Waterfalls, freshwater pools, caves and the world’s largest incense growing area are must-sees when visiting the region.

Salalah Dhofar Beach

Camels on the beach in the Salalah region | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

Incidentally, with over 3,000 kilometers of coastline, it is not surprising that Oman is also a wonderful destination for beach and bathing holidays. Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches are in the south and on offshore islands such as Masirah Island.

Dhofar Beach Salalah in oman

Dhofar Beach in the Salalah Region | © Ministry of Heritage Tourism Sultanate of Oman

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