Oman occupies the South-Eastern part of the Arabian
Peninsula and is set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes
including mountains, ravines, cliffs, canyons, deserts and
The capital city is Muscat and in Arabic means "safe anchorage",
indeed the sea constitutes a major part of this city. The Grand
Mosque is a stunning showcase of expertly crafted Islamic design
features including the world's largest Persian Carpet and an
extravagant Swarovski chandelier.
The Muttrah Souk is the oldest market in Oman and consists of a
labyrinth of stalls, curious shops and winding alleys where you can
buy a plethora of goods including frankincense. A stroll along the
Corniche after dinner permits you to catch the breeze and watch old
men playing dominoes against the backdrop of the Sultan's magic
mushroom of a palace.
Along the coastline from Muscat to Sur you can revel in the
stunning scenery featuring gorges, rock pools and mountains
extending all the way down to the sea. Wadi Dayqah is one of the
most famous wadis in Oman and at the head of the wadi is Devil's
Gap; one of Oman's best canyon excursions where you can climb to
the summit taking in the spectacular cliffs and fast flowing
A less arduous route is from Bidiyah Castle to Al Huwayah which
is a large oasis on the edge of the Wahiba. 15O species of plant
and 200 species of mammal and birdlife can be found in this area.
Ras Al Jinz offers the spectacular sight of female turtles
returning to the beach of their own birth where they drag
themselves up the soft sand, dig a pit and lay a clutch of
Nizwa lies on a plain surrounded by a thick palm oasis and some
of Oman's highest mountains. It was the capital of Oman in the 6th
and 7th Centuries and known as the "pearl of Oman". Here you will
be entranced by the 17th century fort and bustling souk where you
can buy exquisite copper and silver jewellery.
Jebel Akhdar translated as "green mountain" refers to a mountain
range whose highest peak is Jebel Shams. Divided into two areas,
this is a wonderful place to explore with its hidden labyrinth of
wadis, terraces, gardens and orchards.