Visit Oman 10 Top things to do in Oman
- Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – Stunning Mosque
- Nizwa Fort – Super Market here too
- Souks in Muscat – shop for all sort of Omani clothes and jewellery
- Muttrah Souk, Muttrah Corniche
- Sharqiya Sands
- Wadi Ash Shab – pack your swimsuit
- Royal Opera House Muscat
- Al Alam Palace – The Sultans Palace
- Nakhal Fort
- Ad Dimanyat Islands – for snorkelling with Turtles and diving
- Snake Gorge – For climbers
- Musandam Beaches – In the north of Oman
“What is Oman like?” friends ask. Well, it is like stepping into a fairy tale of your imagination. Stunningly beautiful scenery with magnificent Forts and Palaces to explore. The people of Oman are very special, so friendly and welcoming – it was quite a treat to find they love english people. This is something of a wonderful surprise, we aren’t always so well received! Oman is one of my favourite countries to visit in the Middle East. Definitely worthy of a return trip.
Spot the Royal Palace in the background
Oman, like so many countries in the Middle East has a complex history. In recent times, following the Dhofar rebellion, Sultan Said bin Taimur was deposed in a bloodless coup in 1970 by his son Sultan Qaboos. He received help from the British SAS and RAF. This may explain why British people are received so warmly!
This is the capital and you will arrive here at the International airport if you fly to Oman. There are some good hotels here and interesting things to see and do:
- Take a boat from Muscat Whale and Dolphin watching
- Take a Limousine and tour around visiting the Palace, Souks for really great shopping
- Spend the evening at the stunning Opera House
Where to stay in Muscat:
- Kempinski Hotel Muscat
- Grand Hyatt Muscat
- Al Bustan Palace, Ritz Carlton
- Shangri La Al Jissah Resort and Spa
- The Chedi, Muscat
- Grand Millenium, Muscat
PHOTO: Fairytale abandoned Forts
Where to eat in Oman:
- Traditional Omani food: Al Luban Restaurant
- Traditional Middle Eastern Food: Ubhar Restaurant
- Eat dates: Meshan Cafe
- Afternoon Tea: Al Bustan Hotel
- Beachside Seafood: The Beach Restaurant
Step into a fairytale with desert, mountains, spectacular coastline all within one small country. Take a driver and comfortable 4 x 4 and explore! Oman is perfectly safe and you won’t get lost with a driver. If you are feeling adventurous, take off into the mountains. Hire a car a self drive.
When to go to Oman:
Avoid the Summer months! It gets hot, just like the rest of the Middle East. This is a great winter destination. Early Spring and late Autumn are also good time to visit. Good for a stopover if you are travelling on OmanAir to destinations further afield.
PHOTO: Nizwa Fort, OMAN
Drive up to the ancient fort of Nizwa, a couple of hours drive out of Muscat. You will step into another world. Th eFort was built mid 17C by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Y’alibi. Don’t forget to go Nizwa Souk to buy all sorts of treats. http://www.omantourism.gov.om The Souks are all treasure troves. Visit Mutrah Souk in Muscat and don’t forget the Gold Souk.
Pass by adorable villages, untouched for centuries, as you drive along. There are many interesting Forts throughout man, so make sure to stop and explore.
Pots galore, Dates, date honey, silver jewellery are all specialities here.
There are some beautiful Wadi’s to visit in Oman (Wadi means gorge) Take a drive for an hour and a half out to Wadi Shab and walk along the water pools.
Explore the Jabal Akhdar mountains. This is on my wish list for next trip! Oman has it all, beautiful coastline, Mountains, Wadis, Palaces and Forts. Do not hesitate to visit!
Where I stayed:
Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace:
I stayed at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel in Muscat. This is everything you would expect of a Ritz Carlton, with an Omani twist.
Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Hotel Oman
The impressive lobby where you will be welcomed with tea and dates.
The hotel has one of the best pools I have every seen. Although, take a look at my list of hotels – you have so much choice! I would like to visit Anantara Al Jabal Al akhdar Resort next visit! High up in the mountains and completely different from the seaside hotels.
Beautiful Pool at the Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Hotel
The Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Hotel is a good choice to come back and relax after a day of adventures. Rather far from Muscat – too far to pop out for dinner, so you are confined to the 3 hotel restaurants. Mind you, Taxis are very cheap – you can always hop in a Taxi. http://ritzcarlton.com/AlBustan
Explore Muscat and don’t miss the Bazaars, the place to stock up on exquisite shawls, traditional silver, dates, spices ….. the choice is endless. Enjoy!