Oman is popular for its wadis.
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OMAN – Called “the hidden gem of the Gulf”, Oman has diverse tourism attractions from towering desert dunes and palm-lined beaches, to verdant mountains.
Here are the top reasons why you shouldn’t miss a trip to this amazing country as soon as global travel restrictions ease.
Hiking routes can be found throughout the country; from short, accessible routes on the outskirts of cities and villages, to longer treks in more remote areas. Oman has something for every hiker, including some combining elements of canyoning and climbing. Lace up your walking boots for the rocky C38 trail from Muscat’s Riyam Park into the hills; rewards for this two-hour exertion include bird’s-eye views of the port and fortresses, and blissful mountain solitude. Hiking is at its best from October to April.
Muscat’s popular promenade winds from Sultan Qaboos Port east along the waterfront, following Al Bahri Road. One side of this picturesque path bypasses glittering shopfronts, dhows (traditional sailing boats) sway in the Oman sea. Spot bulky sixteenth century Mutrah Fort along the walk, and a lookout tower in the shape of a giant incense burner, towering over verdant Riyam Park. Strolling along the Corniche is spectacular around sunset, when the sea glitters in hues of magenta and orange, and the Islamic call to prayer soars from minarets.
Coordinate a trip here between June to September to see Oman’s amazing turtle hatching season. Stop by for an evening watching green turtles nesting at Al Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve. Each year, 20,000 sea turtles lumber up on to beaches to bury up to 60,000 eggs.
Tourists can take a whirlwind tour through the history of civilization by visiting the Shasr archaeological site in Dhofar and archaeological site of Bibi Maryam In Qalhat.
There’s an adventure waiting for you at every corner. Visitors can go hiking, rock-climbing and camping in Oman’s mountains, especially the Al Hajar Mountains in northern Oman. They can go diving, snorkeling, or take a ride on a boat in Oman’s different seas, charming beaches and islands. They can also go dune-boarding and camping in Al Wahiba Sands in northeastern Oman, or in Al Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) desert in southern Oman. Oman also has many caves, making caving a popular sport among adventures seekers. OMB/Expat Media
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