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Places To Visit in Oman

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Here are the top 17 tourist places in Oman

Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Oman to explore sightseeing and tourist attractions. Read more to plan your travel to Oman.

1. Muscat

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Muscat, the capital of Oman, has served as an integral trading link between the east and the west and still remains a major stop for cruises and trade vessels. The city has maintained its old charm with even the newer structures having Arabian details. Not to mention the emerald blue ...

Best Time: October to March

2. Salalah

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Home to the Sultan of Oman, Salalah is a beautiful city with rich culture, history and magnificent beaches! Famous for its Arabian Peninsula and unique climate, this town is full of lush mountains and greenery that comes alive during the monsoon season. Its stunning beaches offer many...

Best Time: Late June to September

3. Nizwa

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Among the highest and most majestic mountains of Oman, lies the historic city of Nizwa. Known as "The Pearl of Islam", the conservative yet open nature of Nizwa makes it the second-largest tourist destination in Oman! The ancient city was once the hub for trade, education, religion and art. Sur...

Best Time: December to March

4. Wadi Darbat

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A beautiful scenic spot for all nature lovers, Wadi Darbat, has picturesque hills surrounding it and a beautiful waterfall. Wadi Darbat is a splendid lush green valley with the surrounding hills having small caves which people can hike up! It's the perfect spot for a little family picnic or a f...

Best Time: June to August

5. Sohar

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Rumoured to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect blend of culture and contemporary societies. The city has huge malls and skyscrapers, some of the most gorgeous beaches in Oman and souqs and monuments that are full ...

Best Time: October to February

6. Musandam

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Musandam is rich with modern architecture as well as serene beaches. It is a much-loved destination for scuba divers because of the clear waters and the amazing facilities at the destination. This Omani peninsula is bordered by rugged mountains and turquoise water bodies and guarded b...

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7. Bahla

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The first-ever Omani town to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bahla is a small Oasis settlement situated in the Dakhliya region of Oman. Although the settlement is constituted of traditional vernacular houses, the fortification wall, a market, the Falaj system and a mosque, it ...

8. Sur

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Sur is a city that is best known for the craftsmanship associated with boats or traditional 'Dhows'. Shipbuilding, particularly building wooden ships is a trade that is a part of Sur’s rich heritage. Sur is the second wealthiest city in Oman, with a population of around 120,000 residents. Sur i...

9. Khasab

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Home to Jebel Harim or the 'Mountain of Women', sandy beaches, beautiful corals and a Portuguese fortress, the city of Khasab is a quiet town oozing with history. Tourists can enjoy a cruise through the 'Fjords of Musandam' and swim in the turquoise seas. Or, if they prefer, snorkel and explore...

Best Time: November to March

10. Wadi Shab

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The beautiful Wadi Shab is an extremely famous outdoor destination for locals and tourists in Oman. The beautiful wadi is packed during the peak season of November to March because it surrounded by picturesque hills, date palms and the gorgeous waterfall inside one of the caves in the moun...

Best Time: Late February to early April

11. Wahiba Sands

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Found when taking a diversion on the road between Sur and Muscat, the mighty Wahiba Sands also known as The Sharqiya Sands is home to the bedouins, exciting sand sports and night camping in Oman. 

Best Time: November to March

12. Masirah Island

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Being the largest island in Oman as well as the most relaxing destination for a weekend getaway,  Masirah Island is filled with stunning beaches and exciting water sports. The island has a population of about 12,000 people and was only recently open for tourism. This island is known as a "...

Best Time: November to April

13. Barka

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Situated on the Omani coast, Barka is a vibrant beachside city in the Al-Batinah region. What makes this town unique is their age-old tradition of bull-fighting and their famous Omani Halwa. A 40-minute drive from Muscat, Barka provides the perfect day trip and is a favourite resort destin...

14. Ibri

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The Oasis town of Ibri is situated in the northern Al Dhahirah region of Oman and just 2.5 hours from Muscat. Usually, the town is treated as a friendly stopover between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But the treasure of Ibri lies in its heritage as it is the base for visiting many UNESCO Heritage sites....

15. Al Suwaiq

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Al Suwaiq means 'market' in Arabic. The town is also recognized as one of the Wilayats (also the largest Wilayat) of Al Batinah North governorate. Here, people get to see the mountains, the valleys and the plains along with the coast all located at short distances from each other. Each year, a consi...

16. Misfat Al Abriyeen

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If you are looking for a truly unique and awe-inspiring trip to Oman, visit the ancient, gorgeous and charming village of Misfat Al Abryeen. Alighted high on the mountains of Jebel Shams is mesmerising village whose inhabitants have transformed the terrain to a fertile oasis by the strength of their...

17. Al Hoota Caves

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Located at the foot of the grand Jebel Shams mountain, Al Hoota Cave is almost 2 million years old and the only show cave in the Arabian Peninsula that is 4.5 kilometers long. With a wonderful ecosystem consisting of bats, anthropoids, snails and mollusks, the cave is very well protected and preserv...

FAQs on Oman

What is the currency of Oman?

The only currency accepted in Oman is Omani Rial. The notes have denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 while coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10 and 5. It is advisable to carry enough money with you since local vendors and taxi drivers accept cash only. However, Oman is quite developed and various grand establishments accept plastic money. All major cards such as MasterCard are accepted No other currency apart from Omani currency are accepted.

What is the history of Oman?

Oman has a fascinating history which dates back to beyond 5000 BC when southern Oman was identified as the rich source of copper and frankincense. The country traded these commodities in several countries and thus, emerged powerfully. Then, in the seventh century, Oman adopted Islam. Bani Nabhan dynasty ruled the country for the next 500 years. This was followed by the invasion of Portuguese in 1507 and the country's struggle to expel them out. After this, Oman and Muscat (later called as Oman) was controlled by Persians for a short period. In the nineteenth century, under Sultan Said, Oman's most powerful ruler, the country extended its influence and had prominent empire until Said's son, Qaboos bin Said seized the throne and went on to modernise the country as we see today.

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What is unique about culture of Oman?

Oman is an Arab country, and therefore you will not find great diversity in religion. Omani people follow Ibadhism which is a form of Islam. However, people belonging to different castes also reside here but are few. People are strict about following rules and regulations and take pride in their country. Arabic is spoken in most parts of the country. Dialects of Arabic like Balochi and Jibbali are also used. However, in certain areas, you will find people speaking Urdu, French or Swahili. English is the second language of Oman so, tourists don't face any problem in communication. All signboards are written in both Arabic and Engish.

How is Oman divided into regions?

After 2011, Oman was divided into eleven governorates or muhafazah. Most of the major cities of Oman like Muscat, Nizwa, Ibri and others are located closely in the northern part of Oman. Witness the sprawling modern city of Muscat with its vibrant beauty, mountains, and beaches. While Nizwa is famous for heritage sites and forts, Ibri is the land of wadis and souks (Arab markets). Musandam Governorate on the northern border will leave you spellbound with the beauty of high mountains around a sea. In the southern region of Oman lies Dhofar where you will find vast stretches of desert and mountains that turn lush green in monsoons.
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