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The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Things to do in Oman

The rich traditional culture and dramatic landscapes of Oman guarantee a wide range of activities to enjoy. The capital, Muscat, has many facets; when you’ve haggled in the tangle of backstreet souks and admired the imposing forts and the delicately-styled Portuguese architecture, you can take a boat out into the Gulf to spot dolphins and whales.

Other things to do include hiking through the rugged Jebel Akdar Mountains to visit ancient tombs and forts, a trip to the Wahiba Sands for a night under the desert stars, a refreshing dip in the pools of Wadi Bani Khalid, or, on Fridays, a visit to the traditional Nizwa livestock market.

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Ideas for experiencing Oman

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Oman, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Lanterns at Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Oman

    Muscat City Tour

    Muscat

    Begin at Sultan Qaboos Mosque, completed in 2001, it is an enormous place of worship. With a large men's prayer hall, an adjacent women's prayer hall and further space in the courtyards and passageways, a total of 20,000 worshipers can gather at one time, making this one of the largest mosques in the world.

  • Mountain view, Salalah

    Frankincense Trail

    Salalah

    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.

  • Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

    Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion

    The Wahiba Sands

    Leaving the desert you drive to Wadi Bani Khalid. At this point, towards the tip of the Arabian peninsula, the Hajar Mountains are beginning to lose their dramatic height.

  • Beehive tombs, Bat

    Mountains & Forts Tour

    Nizwa

    This tour takes in the best sights of the interior of the country: the town of Nizwa, the fort of Jabreen, the mountain villages of Misfah and Al Hamra and the spectacular Wadi Nakheer cutting deep into Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman.

  • Jebel al Harim, Musandam Peninsula

    Musandam Fjords Dhow Cruise

    The Musandam Peninsula

    A full day dhow cruise to the spectacular fjords of Musandam, exploring the small fishing villages and the famous telegraphic island, with the exciting possibility of seeing dolphins.