Oman

Oman is hailed as the Jewel of Arabia and the best kept secret in the Middle East. Its top ten attractions include:

  1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (Muscat)
  2. Royal Opera House Muscat (Muscat; see www.rohmuscat.org.om for events)
  3. Mutrah Bazaar-Corniche (Mutrah)
  4. Qurum Beach (Qurum)
  5. Nizwa Fort (Nizwa)
  6. Jabal Akhdar (Nizwa)
  7. Wadi Ghol – Oman’s Grand Canyon (Nizwa)
  8. Turtle Beach (Ras Al Hudd)
  9. Wadi Bani Khalid (Al Sarqiyah Governate)
  10. Wahiba Sands (Al Sharqiya Governate)

For the more adventurous, Oman offers outstanding opportunities for exploration by 4-wheel drive in the wadis, mountains, the Wahiba sands desert, and the Empty Quarter. These trips should only be undertaken in a group, or escorted.

The following top activities are a must for the not so faint of heart in Oman:

Scuba diving, rock climbing, trekking, camel racing, horseback riding, turtle and dolphin watching, and sailing and boating.

More information can be found at:

  1. www.omantourism.gov.om
  2. www.omandestination.com

Cars can be rented from the airport (for trips in Muscat, in particular). Visiting other regions requires coordinating with tourist companies. The following tour companies are amongst those available:

  1. www.smartomantour.com
  2. www.zaharatours.com
  3. www.goldentours.com