Several years ago I spent a couple of weeks in Oman and I can’t speak highly enough of the country. With it’s diverse geography, Muslim culture and Grand Mosque, beautiful coastline, amazing ruins, souks and friendly locals you’ll have an experience like no other.
Oman is a safe and hospitable country and Muscat, the capital, is just an hour’s flight from Dubai.
Here is a pictorial tour of this impressive country.
The Chedi Muscat is one of the most divine hotels I have stayed in. The contemporary Omani architecture is a combination of Asian Zen, Japanese and Arabic and works well providing a peaceful, calming ambiance right on the Arabian Ocean.
The Chedi Hotel gardens are vast.
Water is very much apart of The Chedi architecture.
The garden loungers morph into the beach in one seamless extension.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was completed in 2001, with over 300,000 tonnnes of sandstone. It houses the second largest single carpet in the world, weighing 21 tonnes and has 1,700,000,000 knots. Muezzin (a caller) chants a call to pray five times a day.
Washing before praying is an important ritual.
Inside the Grand Mosque.
Oman’s coastline is extensive and beautiful
The Nizwa markets are a must. As well as the souk, guns, goats, cattle and more are all traded at this very social occasion for the locals
The auctioneer calls order before the livestock are sold.
This is a typical scene outside of the capital Muscat. Small villages on the coastline.
Roading and infrastructure is being constructed at a rate of knots.
We had a great guide for our two-week stay in Oman, organised by World Journeys. I believe it is important to have a guide when travelling to culturally different counties so you can ask all the hard questions about religion, politics and customs.
Date palms are prolific and provide colour and texture to the barren mountainous terrain.
The geography of the county is rocky and mountainous.