This is a country of stark mountains, cool wadis, vast sandy deserts and more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline, dotted with iconic forts, evidence of its once formidable naval power. The country’s majestic forts, castles and towers, numbering over 500, are stunning cultural landmarks. Explore the 17th century round fort of Nizwa built on a solid base of rock. Visit the village of Bahla, the pottery capital of Oman, and its fort, the oldest and first to be built in the Islamic style. Discover Jabrin Castle, considered one of the finest in the country, complete with dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings and painting. A unique blend of the ancient and modern, the capital, Muscat, is known for its fine museums, fascinating maze-like souks and impressive corniche. The spectacular desert expanse of Wahiba Sands with its many shades of colour and shifting sands is a sight to not to be missed. Make time to explore Salalah, the capital of the southern region which exudes a subtle African flavour not found elsewhere in Oman. The surrounding countryside enjoys a tropical climate for most of the year. Oman is a country unlike any other in the region and A&K’s expert team will ensure you get the very best from this authentic and sophisticated destination. It is Arabia’s ‘hot spot’ – all polished up just waiting to be discovered.
Watch turtles come ashore to lay eggs on the beaches of Ras al Jinz. Follow in the footsteps of Thesiger and capture the stillness of the Wahiba Sands. Dine under the canopy of desert stars. Discover 16th and 17th century forts and castles. Cool off in the numerous palmfringed wadis. See authentic wooden dhows being made by hand. Shop for traditional khanjars and locally-produced frankincense at Mutrah Souk.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
January: Muscat Festival is the country’s biggest event showcasing Oman’s unique Arabian cultural heritage. November: Oman’s National Day celebrates the birthday of Sultan Qaboos and the country’s independence from Portugal with fireworks displays. Weatherwise: The climate is best from September to April.
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