A Middle Eastern Adventure in OmanThe capital of Oman is Muscat, boasting gorgeous beaches, well-maintained streets and plenty of green areas and trees throughout the city. Meanwhile, the country’s people are warm and friendly and are happy to speak of their customs and heritage.
Muscat sits on the Gulf of Oman and is surrounded by deserts and mountains. Moreover, the city features high-rise buildings and upscale shopping malls.However, the Omani city also retains much of its historic landmarks, including 16th-century Portuguese forts, like Mirani and Al Jalali still loom over the city’s harbor. One fascinating sight in the city is the modern Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque with its marble and dome, with its interior covered in Persian carpeting. However, while the cities are exciting to explore, let’s head off the beaten track to find out more about Oman.
Visit a traditional Omani village4×4 tours are available to take travelers through the rocky hillsides and jagged canyon walls of Oman to visit Bilad Sayt. However, when getting close to this typical Omani village, you have to travel the last part of the journey on foot. Meanwhile, Oman is currently busy upgrading its roads and infrastructure, certain areas are yet to be upgraded. However, the walk is well worth the trouble.
On the way to Bilad Sayt, you climb the hillsides, experiencing spectacular panoramic views, and once you get there, it feels like a typical remote desert oasis, with the village surrounded by date palms. Growing dates is one of the leading industries here and as you look around the town, you will see a complicated maze of irrigation canals, dubbed “falaj,” that trickle the water onto the thirsty palm trees.
As you arrive with your guide, the villagers will offer friendly greetings, always ready to welcome new faces. While in the village, enjoy the traditional Arabian coffee and tempting offers of food.
Discover hidden fortsAnother exciting tour takes visitors through the mountains and deserts to discover more hidden forts while crossing the Wahiba Sands from the North to the South of Oman. One of the country’s prettiest trails heads through the village of Jebel Akhdar. Alternatively, a 4×4 adventure heads to Wadi Bani Awf and Wadi Arbaeen. Here, travelers can learn the history and culture of the Omani people as they tour this beautiful country, dine on their exquisite cuisine, and more.
Experience Oman in the Middle East this year and have a true adventure, learning about the history and culture of the friendly people living there. Read more on the country’s official tourism website.