Travel through the Sultanate is a joy for all the senses



Travel through the Sultanate is a joy for all the senses

Nizwa Fort
 
Antique Treasures
 

Featuring an intoxicating mix of modern opulence and traditional culture, vast barren deserts and rocky deepwater fjords, ancient forts, and a showcase of eco-tourism, The Sultanate of Oman is a breathtaking country, which is now one of the most sought-after destinations in the Arabian Gulf.

For the ultimate Arabian experience, start your journey in the beautiful capital, Muscat, which is perched in between mountains and the Indian Ocean and which fans around an elegant harbour.

The location for where much of the city’s rich heritage has been preserved, the Old Town allows visitors to step back in time into old world Arabia and walk in the area around the Sultan’s palace.

Shopping in Muscat is an exploration of Arabia’s unique culture, with traditional offerings from antique and hand-crafted silverware to incense, authentic rugs, pottery, spices and sandalwood.

Nowhere better can this be experienced than in Muscat’s Muttrah Souk, where the riches of all Arabia are on display.

Travel north from the capital, by air, road or luxury liner into Musandam, aptly named a place of ‘enchanting marvels’.

An enclave cut off from the main part of the country by United Arab Emirates territory, Musandam is endowed with barren mountains of naked rock falling sharply into the sea, enchanting fjords and sunny beaches.

Fisherman at Sur
 

Local Markets
 
 

Accessible via a coastal highway with the most aweinspiring views, once in Musandam you will experience the abundance of superb marine life that is present here
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It’s not surprising that Musandam is claimed to be Oman’s premier diving area.

Head south through the Al Batinah region where you will have the opportunity to explore endless historic forts, castles and old houses, alongside a vast network of wadis which flow throughout.

The Batinah capital Sohar nurtures archaeological antiquities which date back to 3,000 BC and is rumored to be the homeport of Sinbad the Sailor of The Thousand and One Nights.

Take a trip past the majestic ranges of the Hajjar Mountains, towards the intellectual capital of the Sultanate, Nizwa. Having long been the home of writers, poets and thinkers, this city has now been faithfully restored back to its ancient splendor.

Visitors to the semi-arid desert region, Adh Dhahirah will delight at the range of prehistoric archaeological sites to be found here, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the village of Al Ayn, with its bee hive tombs standing above the Wadi Al Ayn and the famous Bat Tombs from the Umm An Nar period, dating back 2,500 BC.

In Ash Sharqiyyah in the north-east of Oman, enchanting contrasts between fertile wadis and deep gorges in the eastern Hajjar range, abound alongside spellbinding desert swathes and unspoilt coastline.

Don’t miss the beaches of Ras Al Jinz where, during the nesting season, you will see hundreds of turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. Magic!

Also in this region is Wahiba Sands, one of the world’s most fascinating desert formations.

Village of Bilat Sayat
 

Covering an expansive distance of 180 km from north to south, Oman’s ancient desert is best experienced on a 4WD trek, where you may see gazelle and whitetailed mongoose.

Travel south into one of the most enchanting places on the Arabian Peninsula, the region of Dhofar, to experience the mystique of the ancient caravan routes, the many archaeological sites, the early mosques and the famous tombs.

If you’re travelling between June and September or early October, you’ll experience the south east monsoon showers known as the ‘Khareef,’ when people flock to see the land of mist and mountains in all its glory.

Make time to visit Dhofar’s UNESCO World Heritage port city of Al Balid which world travelers such as Marco Polo have described in true splendor in their writings.

Ahlan wa sahlan. Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman.

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For further information contact Sultanate of Oman Tourism

P: (02) 9286 8930
Email:  info@tourismoman.com.au 
Visit:    www.omantourism.gov.om

Source = Sultanate of Oman Tourism
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