Indeed Oman is one of the safest and warm countries that embraces its visitors with open arms. Best for a family holiday, the Sultanate of Oman is a treasure trove of desert beauty, opulent oasis and far stretching coastline. Despite the fact that Oman is steadily moving forward with the modern times, the country has successfully retained its heritage of Bedouin traditions and Omani spirit, thereby preserving their culture. On one hand there is robust infrastructure and on the other Oman also prides in its sleepy fishing towns, gigantic sand castles and enormous mountains. But the one thing that the country really boasts of is the sense of identity and pride of its ancient past as well as its embracing and highly educated society.
Explore the Empty Quarter
The nomadic desert life has fascinated most of us, and intriguing movies like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ has added spice to this fascination. If you have ever wondered or envied the carefree nomadic life of the Bedouin people, this is your chance to experience the same by exploring the World's largest sand desert - the Empty Quarter or 'Rub Al Khali' as it is known in Arabic, at the south western corner of Oman.
Walking In The Wadi Shab
The Wadi Shab, one of the most popular wadis in Oman is the perfect gateway for people with an adventurous bent of mind. The access to this beautiful Wadi might take a bit of your toil as it involves rivers, swimming and hiking to reach some parts. Nevertheless, the experience is really awesome and worth a try.
Nizwa & Bahla Forts
Omanis take pride in their rich heritage and ancient past. The Nizwa and Bahla Forts depict the glorious history of the country. The ruins of the gigantic Bahla fort made ofunbaked brick and stone foundation is an incredible example ancient fortification. Likewise the popularity of Nizwa Fort is due to its old Omani architecture. Both these forts are must visit places of Oman.
A Night Under The Stars
Spending a night in the desert under the stars is always an exciting adventure. Sunset is certainly the most interesting point of being in a desert camp. The silence of the dunes, the flavoursome barbecue dinner with cocktails and Bedouin styled tents will make your evening unforgettable. You can even try the thrills of quad biking, camel rides and dune-bashing.
Wild camp in Wahiba Sands
Just four hour’s drive from Muscat is the large sand area of Wahiba Sands that hosts some of the rare flora and fauna of the region. An appealing fact about Wahiba Sands is the existence of Bedouin tribes that calls this area their home. Spending a night in Wahiba sands will give you the pleasure of experiencing a golden sunset and densely starred sky along with a glimpse of the traditional way of life of the Bedu.
Shopping in Oman
When it comes to shopping in Oman or anywhere else in Arabia, you will be more delighted to shop in the vibrant Souqs rather than the malls. The Souqs of Oman give you the glimpse of the old and traditional street markets of the Arabian countries. Definitely the best place to shop for souvenirs like jewellery, incense, household goods, eateries, textiles and much more. Nizwa Souq, Haffa Souq, Muttrah Souq and Ladies SouqIbra are some popular souqs of Oman.