Many people don’t know how many beautiful natural and cultural places can be seen in Oman. Oman is not as well-known as Dubai for example, but it became more visited and known to tourists in recent years. Oman is known for oases and wadis together with mountains and their irrigation system called Falaj which is working for decades to irrigate homes and fields, has beautiful mosques and beaches.
I went to Oman once while I was holidaying in Dubai. I wanted to see something new as I was in Dubai many times and Oman is just half an hour flight from Dubai. We stayed in Muscat, visited the city center, walked on corniche and went for a trip to the mountains and wadis. The nature there is fascinating, the crystal clear water, palm trees, and mountains. I didn’t know that Oman has such a natural treasure and I’m sure many people don’t know. Therefore, I would like to tell you what places to visit in Oman.
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What to see in Muscat
There are many cultural, historical, and entertainment sights to see and visit in Muscat.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main mosque in Oman, Inside the praying room is the second largest one-piece carpet. The first one is in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This is one of the few mosques in Oman where nonmuslim visitors can enter. There is a beautiful garden surrounding the mosque.
The Royal Opera House was opened in 2011. You can go and see musical, theater or opera there.
The National Museum is a big museum with 14 galleries where you can see and learn the history of Oman
Mohamed Al Ameen Mosque is situated on the top of the hill, therefore it is seen almost from everywhere in muscat. Exceptional to see in the night.
Mutrah Souq is the oldest Bazar in the Arab world. It is very large, therefore you can even get lost here. You can buy a lot of different things there, like clothes, fragrances, gold, and others.
Mutrah Corniche is a long promenade along the water with lots of restaurants and cafes. It is lovely for an evening walk. From here you can also see the Mutrah Fort which is on the top of the hill.
Muscat City Centre and Oman Avenues Mall are shopping experiences with many brand shops, places to dine, and entertainment. Oman Avenues Mall is the largest mall in Oman.
Trips to the nature
Bimmah Sinkhole is a natural lake with such turquoise clear water that you can see everything under it. The depth is just from a few centimeters to 20 meters. The locals believe in the legend that the meteorite fall down from the sky and made this hole. Therefore, the name in Arabic is “the deep well of the (falling) star”
Wadi Al Arbaeen – Oman is well-known for many Wadis. Wadi Al Arbaeen is supposed to be the most impressive. About 90 minutes outside of Muscat. Beautiful nature, with natural pools where you can swim. You can enjoy the view of mountains, palm trees, and waterfalls.
Wadi Bani Khalid is a well-known wadi in Oman. There is a village Bada where traditional Beduin tribes used to live. Now it is visited by tourists.
Wadi Ash Shab is the top place to visit. There are natural swimming pools and waterfalls, some inside the cave. During the holidays it gets very busy with local people for family picnics. Therefore, it is best to avoid visiting during these times.
Jebel Akhdar is also called the Green mountain. Is part of the Al Hajar Mountains. It is one of the highest points in Oman. There are a lot of wadis where roses, apricots, and pomegranates grow. Wadi Bani Habib is one of the main place to visit in Jebel Akhdar. You can also find Fort Bahla here which is under UNESCO world heritage.
Jebel Shams is the highest peak in Oman. Translated as a mountain of the sun as this is the first point to see the rising sun.
Here are some tips for you for guided trips you can take.
Beaches in Oman
There are many beautiful beaches in Oman. Some can be found in Muscat, others in different places.
The best beach in Muscat is Al Bustan Beach. It is a private beach and belongs to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel overlooking the mountains.
Another beach Yiti Beach is located out of Muscat. It is a very peaceful public beach where you can enjoy your relaxing day with friends or family, having a picnic, swimming or camping.
Qurum Beach is a beach close to the center of Muscat surrounded by many hotels. There are restaurants and cafes nearby. This is the most famous beach for tourists.
Another public beach is Kalbuh Beach. It is close to Kalbuh Park which is a good place for children. This beach has lovely water for swimming with swimming lessons provided here, washing facilities, places to eat and delightful views.
Oman is a country in Western Asia and it is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. It is neighboring the UAE, therefore if you are on holiday in Dubai, you can visit Oman for a few days. Its economy is based on tourism and trading goods, mostly fish and dates. Oman is also one of the most peaceful countries.
Capital – Muscat
Official language – Arabic, but English is spoken everywhere
Religion – Mostly Islam, a little bit of Christianity and Hinduism
Currency – Omani rial (OMR)
Time Zone -UTC+4
Climate – Central Oman is mostly covered by desert with some mountains on the north. It has one of the hottest climates in the world and very little precipitation. The highest temperatures in the summer in Muscat are about 40 degrees Celsius or can go up to 50 degrees Celsius. During the winter is lovely 25 degrees. In the mountains areas are cooler with more precipitation, snow in some years is not a surprise. The best time to visit Muscat and around is from the second half of September until mid-May. You can expect some short showers in January.
Visa – are required and you can apply online
Pearl of Arabia
Oman, known as the Pearl of Arabia has a lot to offer on your holiday. It is a country with wide nature opportunities like mountains, deserts, and wadis. It has a rich history with buildings that can be visited and gain new knowledge, traditional souq or chopping malls for your shopping experience, and beaches with azure water for your relaxation. I hope this article helped you to get to know more about Oman and now you know what places to visit while on holiday in Oman.