When people think of Middle East, they usually think of places like Dubai, Jordan, or Morocco.
Because of this, Oman generally slips under the radar. Opened to tourists in the 1980s, Oman is quickly establishing itself as a must-see destination for people wishing to experience something “different.”
With a stunning mix of natural beauty and architectural wonders, Oman is filled with sights to see and places to experience. The best way to get your Oman trip started is to apply for an Oman evisa.
The following list is not exhaustive, but it’s a list of places you need to visit on your trip to Oman.
1. Wahiba Sands:
Desert landscapes cover 82% of the country’s landmass. As such, they are one of the most stunning places to visit in Oman. The Wahiba Sands is a destination famous with tourists due to its proximity to the city of Muscat. Once you arrive at the desert, take a moment to appreciate the vibrant colors of the sand beneath you.
Once you’re done appreciating the beauty of the sand, it’s time to go dune-bashing. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and take it out for a spin over 100 meter high dunes. You can also hire a local driver to drive you around the desert should you want a more secondhand experience.
When you’re done with the dune bashing, and it’s time to wind down, consider staying at a night camp in the desert. Watch the sunset and take in the beautiful starlit night sky.
2. Wadi Bani Khalid:
Oman is not just famous for its vast desert terrain. It is also home to numerous “wadis,” or ravines. These ravines are usually dry, but fill up with water during the rainy season. While Wadi Shab may get all the attention, Wadi Bani Khalid is one that is popular due to its accessibility – it’s just a 5-minute walk from the carpark – and facilities.
Wadi Bani Khalid is a stunning oasis amongst all the desert landscape. It offers pools of crystal clear turquoise water that are perfect for beating the heat.
3. Ras Al Jinz:
The elephants in Thailand, the wildlife on the African Sahara, the monkeys in the temples in India. What do all these have in common? They’re all animal encounters that turn any trip into an unforgettable adventure.
Oman does not get left behind in this regard, as it is home to one of the most beautiful sights in nature; baby sea turtles surfacing and making their way to the ocean.
The Raz Al Jinz turtle reserve allows visitors to have a close view of the phenomenon while also educating them about the dangers faced by these creatures and the efforts being made to preserve their species.
4. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is an architectural masterpiece. With arches, lights, colors, mosaic patterns as far as the eye can see, and of course, the magnificent chandelier at its center, it is the absolute embodiment of Islamic architecture.
The mosque is open to non-muslim visitors, but be sure to dress modestly. Men need to cover their knees, and women need to cover their hair. It is recommended to wear loose dresses.
Oman is a country made up mostly of desert, but boasts beautiful oases, beaches, and architecture to break up the vast seas of sand. These are just some of the best places to visit in Oman. Of course, there are many more, but if you’re looking to get the most out of a short trip, then these stunning destinations are where you need to go.
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