Oman Muscat city
On this episode of #SupaDiscovery, we take a little stroll around Oman’s capital city – Muscat.
Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is a country in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and spans the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Oman shares land borders with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, while sharing maritime borders with Iran and Pakistan.
Oman is celebrated not only for its cultural charm, but also for its history and architectural gems.
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THINGS TO DO IN OMAN
1. Wahiba Sands Tour
Also called as the adventure playground of Oman, the Wahiba Sands is one of the top things to do in Oman, it holds the middle-eastern desert sand views as far as the eye can see. Several desert safaris in Oman can take you here on a lavish filled with tower-shaped sand dunes which are approximately 300 feet high. Excited already? Wait till you try the private camel ride here too! This place is all you can possibly imagine about the pure amber shades of sands and more which is why it tops the list of 10 things to do in Oman
Ever visited a beach just for the sake of finding a turtle and asking its story? Well, as dreamy as it may sound to many of you, you can spot many many turtles laying their eggs on the shore and going back to the sea right before sunrise. Not only this, you can also spot many other animals in Oman such as the oryx, leopard, desert foxes, wild cats and even the ibex. If you happen to visit a diving site, you can also find several species of corals and other parts of vibrant marine life here.
If you haven’t been to a place where you’d be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, well, it’s time you visit Oman! Beaches with the mountains in the backdrop, this certainly is one of the cool things to do in Oman. The original flat patches of sands and even the kind of beaches you find surrounded by a desert are the specialities of this country. One of the best ones include Al-Sawadi beach, which is located just north of Muscat and has abundant sea shells waiting to be discovered
4. World Heritage Sites
One of the best things to do in Oman Muscat is to check out the glorious heritage sites that have been recognised by UNESCO and assigned special importance in this country. These sites include Aflaj irrigation systems and the large burial grounds of Ay-Ayn, Bat and Al Ayn. Well, even though the view is absolutely spectacular, one would find themselves filled with wonder how these sites have remained intact with the due passage of time and is surely a must visit to know more about this country’s past.
5. Wadi Shab Tours
Have you ever wished that amid the grand desert, you find a secluded space of your own filled with plenty of turquoise blue water and you can go about doing things at this paradise? Well, now you can! The region of Wadi Shab is covered with serene waters flowing through the giant walls of the canyon, creating small pools that you can simply admire! You can go for a hike around this area or trek with your folks. If nothing crosses your mind, a swim would also feel nice to soak in all the bliss that this place has to offer.
6. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The only mosque in Oman which the tourists can access is the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, it is one of the things to do in Oman Muscat which is located in the capital city of Muscat. Not only known for the splendid architecture, but this mosque also has plenty of soothing vibes to add more calm in your holiday. You can choose to spend some time here before heading out for one of the city’s sightseeing tour.
7. Jebel Akhdar
If you’ve heard and read about the country’s diverse terrain which includes beaches, mountains and deserts- all in one place, then you must visit the mountains here to witness the grandeur and scenic charm that these mountains add to Oman. The regions of Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are known to be amongst the top ones and attract many tourists every year. Besides, who would possibly want to miss out on Oman’s Grand Canyon which have mountains as tall as 3000 feet on board?
8. Al Jalali Fort
Another one to make it to the list of things to do in Muscat, Oman is to visit this majestic Al Jalali Fort located on the harbour on the east side. Although you have to acquire a special permit to enter the premises, by applying to the National Heritage and Culture Ministry first, accessing the fort via a steep flight of stairs. Established during the Portuguese occupation in the year 1580s, this place was a prison for several years. But, however, it is currently a Museum of Omani heritage.
9. Royal Opera House
This one should surely be on your list, no matter how many days you’re planning to stay in Oman. The illuminating lights reflecting on the gorgeous Omani desert rose stone walls of this splendid Royal Opera House are a sight to behold. If you wish to try one of the most soul-soothing things to do in Oman at night, you cannot afford to miss this one. Besides, witnessing the fine Islamic architecture of the contemporary era during one of the private tours of Muscat at night are worth looking forward to!
10. Muttrah Souk
Amid the vibrant culture and scenic views of Oman, one cannot head back home without getting some souvenirs. Not only does Oman has a wide variety of marketplaces offering just the same, some of these have both local and imported goods including gold and silver jewelry, perfumes, spices, handicrafts and hookah pipes will keep you well-occupied. To add an extra authentic touch to one of the most fun things to do in Oman, try the street food along side and have a fun-packed vacancy.