Top 5 Things You Cannot Afford to Miss in Oman
If you think of Oman as a mysterious place, you need not think so, though it’s largely traditional. Unlike other holiday destinations with greenery, the scenery here is made of sand dunes which are beautiful in their own way. But it’s true that the atmosphere gives you the feel of entering a past era with old streets on which you can roam alongside or on camels, feel your lungs with the aroma of frankincense and enjoy lip-smacking foods. Here are only a few things that you should not miss during your Oman trip.
1. The Grand Mosque
Whether you are religious or not, the grand architecture of the Grand Mosque will definitely stun you. The mosque was built to commemorate the 30th year of the reign of Sultan Qaboos. And don’t miss the huge Swarovski crystal chandelier and the 70m x 60m, 21-tonne hand-loomed Persian carpet that is the 2nd largest hand-woven Iranian carpet in the world and took 4 years for 600 women to complete.
2. Muttrah Souk
If you are looking for high-quality Arabian stuff like artifacts, carpets, spices, incenses etc, Muttrah Souk is the place you should be in. But you should have mastered the art of haggling if you want to do shopping. However, the atmosphere of the souk is interesting enough to just roam around.
3. Water Sports
If you are a water sports enthusiast, Oman has much to offer you in the form of tidal surfs and ocean waves of the Gulf of Oman! Here you can kitesurf, kite board, scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, and more. Or you can just seek a fantastic yacht charter in Oman like CharterClick a service with which you can find and choose from among a range of yachts/boats operating in Dubai and Oman. The website offers you all the necessary information of the yachts and availability in real time and you can book instantly and pay online.
4. Bait al Zubair
This privately owned museum is housed in a beautifully restored house and here you can see thematic exhibitions of traditional handicrafts, furniture, coins and stamps.
5. Khasab Fort
Though its grandeur has now been overshadowed a bit because of Lulu supermarket built opposite, Khasab Fort still dominates the view with its four fine stone turrets and crenellations. The 17th century Portuguese-built fort now houses one of the most fascinating ethnographic museums in the country.
And there is so much more to see and do in Oman! I am sure, you’ve already started planning your trip.