Sites to See While Visiting Oman
By: Arab America Contributing Writer/ Alana Rehman
- Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Most visitors land in the capital of every country, Sultan Qaboos Mosque is in Muscat (the Capital of Oman). Sultan Qaboos is a beautiful mosque with an astonishing architect built in 2001. The mosque’s grounds are a peaceful place to stroll and admire the shapes and arches of different structures as well as the garden.
It is unquestionably among Muscat’s top attractions. Sultan Qaboos is more than a mosque, it has an extensive library that attracts visitors. The chandelier and the carpet in the prayer hall are examples of Non-Muslims who are welcome to visit anytime here.
- Mutrah Corniche
One of Muscat, Oman’s most beautiful seasides is Mutrah Corniche. You may wander with people along the picturesque seashore, where mosques and buildings are framed by rocky mountains and forts that gleam golden in the waning afternoon sun. The dhow of His Majesty and various naval armadas and passing cruise ships are moored in the harbor. In the port is Sultan’s yacht. The harbor is home to the dhow of His Majesty, as well as several naval armadas and passing cruise ships. Sultan’s Yacht is parked in the port. The traders knew it as a hub of commerce.
Near the corniche is an old market called Mutrah Souq, which is very popular with tourists. here you can roam around and buy some souvenirs.
- Jebel shams
The Mountain of Sun, or Jebel Shams, is a mountain in northern Al-Hamra, Oman. It is the 8th tallest mountain in Oman. Its tallest peak in Oman receives the sunrise first. This well-known mountain is 240 kilometers from Muscat (the capital of Oman).
The mountain also offers a variety of excellent hiking trails with breathtaking vistas. Tiny stone and mud houses perch precariously on the edge of the ravine beneath a ledge of rock—a perilous place to live.
Sur is the Capital city of Ash Sharqiya in Oman, located 153 Km from Muscat. One of the busiest trading ports in Oman for a very long time is Sur. Although Muscat has since surpassed it, it is still a thriving town. Old Sur and the small suburb of Aija offer a glimpse of how things used to be. World-famous Sur’s dhow yards are considered the former residence of the fabled Sinbad the Sailor.
- Jabrin Fort
Jabrin Fort is located in Jabreen Town in Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate in northeastern Oman. The fort was built by the Yaruba Dynasty Imam Bil’arab bin Sultan. This castle’s intricately painted ceilings are its most intriguing feature. Several rooms in the center of the keep, which appear to emerge illogically from several courtyards, feature ceiling timbers decorated with the original floral designs. Jabreen’s original defense strategy and part of the pleasure is finding these concealed rooms. Try to find the room designated for the sultan’s favorite horse and the burial chambers, which are notable for their sculpted vaults.
Jibreen Fort’s entrance fee is 500 baisa. It is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Thursday.
- Masirah Island
Masirah Island, also known as Maziera island or Wilayat Masirah, off the east coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, is the largest island in Oman. In the 1990s, the island gradually became a tourist attraction, and anyone looking for a genuine desert island will find it intriguing. The main draws are its deserted beaches and fascinating wildlife. The area has much potential for water sports, with kite surfers drawn in, particularly by the winds. The island is justifiably fabled as a naturalist’s paradise, with a rare gastropod, the Eloise, and large turtle-nesting sites.
- Royal Opera House Muscat
The Royal Opera House in Muscat opened in 2011 and is an example of luxury and refined architecture in Oman. It is the primary location for musical arts in the nation’s capital and has its home in the Shatti Al Qurum neighborhood. It features performances from around the world in addition to Omani works.
- Wadi Bin Khalid
Wadi Bin Khalid is located in Northeastern Oman, 203 km from Muscat. The wadi has rocky ravines, pools, and rivers that maintain the water throughout the year. The Wadi has been a popular tourist destination ever since for its stunning desert scenery and deep turquoise natural springs. The pools are full of fish that will give you a foot massage if you dangle your feet. The nibbling feels odd, but people pay to have this done in Thailand!. Swimming in the enormous pools is incredibly cooling in the desert heat. It’s the ideal setting for a leisurely afternoon.
Must visit Wadi Bin Khalid because it is one of the most significant, most accessible, and most beautiful Wadis
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