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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 breathtaking coastline.

 

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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 river.

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 eggs.

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.

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