Reasons to Visit
With all of these mountains, wadis and desert dunes, it is probably apparent that a saloon car isn't going to suffice for many of the journeys you take in Oman! A 4WD, piloted by a skilled local, is very often required and adds to the sense of adventure.
Oman's miles of coastline are a veritable haven of white-sand beaches and secluded coves. Whether you choose to stay in a downtown Muscat hotel where the beach is wide and open, or to head to somewhere like Musandam, where your hotel is likely to be the only thing for miles around, Oman's beaches are one of her major attractions.
The Wahiba Sands are easily accessible from Muscat and provide an insight into desert life. The tall dunes hide small Bedouin encampments, and a surprising array of wildlife. For the truly adventurous, the legendary sands of the Rub' al Khali, or Empty Quarter, beckon in the south of the country.
Although a clichéd phrase, much of Oman is relatively untouched by Western influences, and when you stand at Nizwa market watching the locals haggle over livestock, or admire the way fields have been terraced into impossibly steep mountainsides, you're appreciating a more traditional lifestyle.
The Hajar Mountains have kept the interior of Oman isolated for millennia , and the remote villages steeply terraced into the mountainsides seem little changed in that time. In Salalah the mountains have captured the moisture in the ocean air, allowing the liquid gold of frankincense to be grown on their slopes.
Cutting through heavily folded rock, with pretty streams and swaying palms nestled in their beds, the wadis of Oman are a major attraction, from the gentle and peaceful Wadi Bani Khalid through to the drama of Wadi Gul, with its 1 kilometre sheer sides.
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North Africa & the Middle East
This tour visits the Biblical "Nabi Ayoub" Prophet Job's Tomb, perched high up in the Jebels. En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pasture land.
This tour visits the Biblical "Nabi Ayoub" Prophet Job's Tomb, perched high up in the Jebels.
En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pasture land. Proceed to Mughsail Beach where the high tide sea water gushes through "blow-holes", perforations in the limestone rock.
Experience the exhilarating hairpin bends on the road to Yemen for 15 to 20 Kms en route to a Wadi; the views are breathtaking.
During the journey you will see plenty of Frankincense trees as they dot the landscape and at the nearby bird sanctuary you may see seasonal birds.
Salalah, the birthplace of the current Sultan, sits on a long sandy beach fringed with palm trees even though the desert is just a few kilometres away. The mountains behind Salalah capture moisture that allows the famous frankincense trees to grow.
465 miles away in Nizwa
475 miles away in The Wahiba Sands
528 miles away in Ras Al Jinz
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