Oman · 5 Days · 17 Moments · January 2013

Michaela Schweizer

Oman's capital and nature spots

23 January 2013

One night in the smallest desert of the world! Desert trip, Wahiba Sands. 1000 Nights Camp in Oman is a Desert Camp where you can stay for one night. There you will get traditional Omani food for dinner and experience how beduins are living in the desert - this is really a great experience! Make sure you always have enough water and food with you.
Grand Mosque - Muscat Have a look at the Grand Mosque. It is build up for his Majesty Sultan Qaboos. There you will se the biggest carpet in the world. Also for architects it is a must see!!! Before you go there, make sure (as a woman) that your are fully covered and you don't show your shoulders, knees or hair. Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the mosque every day, except Friday, from 8:30 until 11:00 am!
The Chedi Muscat The Chedi is one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever seen. So go there for dinner or if it is too expensive for you just have a a nice cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere there.

22 January 2013

Dolphin Watching at Marina Al Bander Go for a boat trip in the morning to see some dolphins. Also take the opportunity to go for diving, fishing or take a trip with a traditional Omani boat at dawn.

21 January 2013

Sur Beach Hotel If you want to stay overnight, which you should because Muscat is 203km away, I can recommend the Sur Beach Hotel.
Turtle Watching in Sur Take a trip to Sur to see turtels breeding in the night on the beach and also to see beautiful beaches and corals. There you can also book a night in the Sur Beach Hotel. From there you reach the turtle beach in 10- 15 minutes.
Hiking, swimming and nature The Wadi Shab is one of the most beautiful Wadi in Oman. This trip into the Wadi will take you about 4 hours. Take water with you and a cap to protect your head from the sun. And don't forget a towel and swim clothes!

20 January 2013

Camping! I really like to go there for trekking and you can find nice camping places there. By the way: in Oman it is allowed to camp anywhere you want! So take the opportunity and stay one night!
Hiking and camping on Jabal Al Akhdar After the visit to Nizwa you should go up to the Mountain Jabal Al Akhdar also known as Jebel Akhda - meaning the green mountain. This is one of Oman’s most spectacular areas! The highest mountain is about 3000m high. The area is about a 2-hour-drive from Nizwa and is famous for its traditional rose water extraction and agricultural products including pomegranate, apricot, peach and walnut.
Traditional City The city Nizwa is located in the interior of Oman. There you can find a nice souq and an old fort as well as the old traditional houses made out of mud.

19 January 2013

How to go there? You can rent a car at Sixt close to the center of Muscat. It is good to take an SUV to reach all places and not get stuck on some too well-done streets you want!
As Sifa Beach - Relaxing Beach Day Beautiful beach and a good fish restaurant. Go there for a relaxing beach day. From Muscat you will need 1 hour to go there, so start right away in the morning and take something to drink with you. There you can walk along the beach and explore the coastline.
Royal Opera You should definitely check out the Opera in Muscat. It represents the traditional architecture of the arab area. It opened just recently in January 2012. You can book tickets online wich are max. OMR 40 (this is about €75).
Muttrah Port In Muttrah you can find the local souq where traditional Omani things are sold. There are also nice restaurants along the corniche. In this port, the ship of Sultan Qaboos is parked, which looks quite impressive. So spend your afternoon there and have some shawarma and a fruit cocktail at a coffee shop.
Sea Food Dinner at Crowne Plaza every Thursday This seafood buffet is the best one ever. You should try to go there at the beginnign or at the end before you leave Oman. There you get fresh Omani Lobster as much as you want as well as Sushi and much more delicious things.
Crowne Plaza The hotel Crowne Plaza in Muscat offers a really nice view over Muscat and is situated in the center of the city. It also has a private beach. It is a really nice hotel and the one I would recommend to you when staying in Oman.
General Information about Oman The national language in Oman is Arabic, but in major tourist areas you will usually find people with excellent English skills. For being outside of the main cities, I would at least recommend a basic knowledge of Arabic to get around without problems. Just bear in mind to respect the Muslim culture, even as Omani people are a little bit less strict in the rules than their neighbors. Be aware that homosexuality is generally illegal unfortunately. Make sure you dress in a way that does not draw more attention than necessary, also outside of the tourist regions, smiling at strangers can be considered as flirting - just keep the common sense tips in mind and you will do fine, the locals are used to tourists :)