Travel through the Sultanate is a joy for all the senses
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
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
Fisherman at Sur
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
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
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
Ahlan wa sahlan. Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman.
For further information contact Sultanate of Oman Tourism
P: (02) 9286 8930