Don’t Forget to Visit These Place During Your Oman Visit
Even though Oman is quite a small country but it has few of the most incredible attractions that seem to be filling the whole of its cities, towns, and villages entirely. Ranging from its own natural beauty, its genuine architecture, and even the unique culture practiced here, Oman is an amazing spot for all of these. Few of the best places that must be visited in Oman which might even require you to hire a car in Oman are enumerated below.
- Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat:
Most people choose their trip in Oman to begin at its capital, Muscat, starting with the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is a beautiful mosque built with modern architecture and has a space available for 20,000 worshippers. The excessive main prayer hall has a great chandelier, blue mosaic tiles with complicated detailing as well as the second largest Iranian rug in the world which is handmade and the result of the hard work of 600 women to weave in four years.
- Mutrah Corniche, Muscat:
A tourist must hire a car to travel to the other end of Muscat right before sunset to see the Mutrah Corniche. One may join the locals for wandering along the gorgeous seafront where the mosques and white buildings are supported by forts and rocky mountains that shine golden right before sunset, in the late afternoon light.
One may even shop in the narrow streets of the Mutrah Souq. This is among the oldest markets of Oman offering frankincense and myrrh, ceramic incense burners, silver jewelry, pashminas, turbans, genie lamps, fluffy camels etc.
Salalah is a city situated in a region called Dhofar in the southern part of Oman. In reality, however, it is mostly known to be among the famous natural paradises of Oman, particularly during the monsoon season (called Khareef season) which normally extends from July to September each year. During this season, Salalah along with its mountains gets entirely covered with green plantations, and the refreshing drizzling never stops. Therefore, any visit to Oman is incomplete without visiting the beautiful and unique Salalah.
The importance of Salalah lies in the fact that it is the ancestral home to the Sultan Qaboos who was ruling in Oman since 1970. There is a lot to appreciate in the Salalah. From the incredible Qaboos Palace and the older architecture of the Old Town called the Haffa. You may even visit the Al Baleed Archaeological Site. Salalah is particularly famous for its frankincense trade so it is a must that you pick some souvenirs from the souk in the Haffa.
Nizwa has many places to visit like the animal and vegetable market, the castle with Old Portuguese cannons, the old town and the potteries which you may travel to having hired a car. There is an amazing view from the top of the castle. You may also visit the Falaj canal system which is known to supply water to the oasis listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Nizwa was actually the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries. Nizwa is best known for its incredible fort which was built under the direction of Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’ribi. The most prominent aspect of the Nizwa fort is the massive cylindrical tower. It has some fascinating defense mechanisms, such as the honey traps and windows for shooting the upcoming enemies.
- Musandam Fjords:
The Musandam Peninsula is the Northern part of Oman. It is detached from the remaining part of the country by the United Arab Emirates. A number of regions of this region are quite inaccessible and have also been the home to residents in mountain villages and coastal communities for a long period of time. This site stretches north and offers remarkable views. The most prominent things in the Fjords include boat trips to explore the coasts and crests rising up from the water, seeing dolphins from a Dhow, or an old-fashioned Omani boat, or scuba diving out at the sea. This region is among the best places to visit in Oman for nature lovers because of an extensive wildlife!
Rent a car in Oman and make Oman the next destination for you to visit if you’re fascinated by desert landscapes, farfetched mountain ranges, historic forts and warm beaches throughout the year!