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6 reasons to bring your family and friends to Oman
The Sultanate has been a sanctuary for intrepid travelers, and a temporary home for sailors and ships crossing the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea since ancient times; and is blessed with the natural beauty of towering mountains, splendid valleys, and enchanting beaches.
The country’s unique geological terrain dates back to olden ages, and is home to extraordinary rocks and fossils. Omanis have ensured that they pay special detail to the building of marvelous architectural wonders and gems that can be witnessed in the form of mosques, souqs, clay houses, and the Majalis’ (gathering-lounges) throughout the nation; and are known for their generosity, friendliness, and hospitality. Also, during a stay in Oman, one is sure to notice that Omani traditions, customs and folklore are an essential part of the nation’s people. Here are 6 reasons for you to bring you family and friends to this beautiful country of beautiful people.
1) Diverese tourism activities:
Whether you are visiting Oman for a long or short-stay, you will find plenty of activities to fill your days, while exploring its diverse beauty. You can go dolphin-watching in Bandar Al Rowdha, diving at the Al Halaniat islands, hiking in the Muttrah mountains, camping in Al Jabal Akhdar, or star-gazing in Jabal Shams. If you are looking at having a relaxing holiday, you can spend a lovely day in Wadi Bani Khalid, sunbathe at the Qurum beach, go swimming in Wadi Shab, or enjoy a leisurely fun day at Al Sharqia sands.
2) The everyday life of Omanis:
The fun of traveling is to immerse and acquaint yourself with another culture and its people, and there is no doubt that you will find the life of Omanis interesting. We recommend a few activities for you to get to know the country’s people better - have lunch with an Omani family, watch folk dances, take a stroll in the old souqs such as Muttrah souq in Muscat, Nizwa souq in Al Dakhilya, and Al Haffa souq in Dhofar. You can also visit and stay at one of the several heritage houses, where you can get a first-hand experience of the everyday life of Omanis, and can also walk around exploring their lovely farms.
3) Omani history, arts and culture:
You will miss a lot if you didn’t dedicate some time to visit the Omani museums such as the National Museum, Bait Al Zubair Museum, and others to learn about the sultanate’s cultural elements. You can also visit Bait Muzna to take a look at Omani antiques, arts, and memorabilia. Another must-visit is the Sultan Qaboos University’s main library if you are interested in learning about the Omani civilization. Not only that, you can also visit popular forts and castles located all along the Sultanate, such as Jibreen castle in Bahla, Nizwa fort, and Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts in Muscat, and Al Hazim castle.
4) Architectural and cultural landmarks:
The Omani government is making enormous efforts to make Oman a tourism center and an ideal destination for international and regional events. With the growing number of tourist-oriented attractions and activities, Oman is already a world-class tourism destination. You can visit the Royal Opera House, Oman Convention and Exhibition Center, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and many other iconic landmarks.
5) Omani Cuisine:
One of the main reasons that drives one to visit Oman is definitely its rich cuisine. You can indulge in the delicious Omani Halwa, the Harees and Orsiya, the Omani bread, and many other popular dishes. You will also find several options to experience original Omani coffee, which is sure to conquer your heart!
6) Hotels and Resorts:
The Sultanate has high-class hotels, providing world-class services and products, such as the Alila Jabal Akhdar, where you can enjoy a charming escape amidst mountains. You can also try Anantara Salalah, Shangri La Barr Al Jissah, Six Senses Ziggy Bay in Dibba, Crown Plaza Sohar, and many other hotels and resorts where you can relax and enjoy a luxurious retreat.