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"An Ancient Town Surrounded By Oman's Highest Mountains!"

Nizwa Tourism

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. Surrounded by date palms and banana plantations, Nizwa is a diverse city with many historical and agricultural attractions. It is full of attractions like the Nizwa Fort, the Souq, Jebel Akhdar and much more. 

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Nightlife in Nizwa

Due to the conservative nature of the city and Oman in general, the nightlife is not very popular. However, most hotels have an alcohol license and therefore have bars in their buildings. A few hotels with bars in Nizwa are Golden Tulip, Majan Guest House and Safari Hotel.

Shopping in Nizwa

Nizwa is known for its handcrafted silver daggers. You can find these souveniers at the Nizwa Souq but bear in mind that you will have to bargain really well. There are also many rare and unique antiques you can find at the souq. Nizwa souq also has a vast collection of pottery. You could also go shopping at the Nizwa Mall.

Currency in Nizwa

Only the Omani currency is accepted in Nizwa. You can alternatively pay through debit/credit cards. All major cards are recognized (Mastercard, VISA)

Exchanging Money in Nizwa

The best places to exchange money is at the Oman UAE exchange centres. Additionally, you will also find centres on your way from Muscat to Nizwa as well as in Nizwa itself.

Daily Budget for Nizwa

At Nizwa, you will probably spend around OMR 30 per day.

Nizwa Customs

The locals dress in dishdashas and abayas, staying true to their religion and culture. As a sign of respect, tourists should wear clothing which covers shoulders and knees. Tipping is not common in Nizwa and therefore not expected. If you want, you could round up to the next rial. Another common custom in Oman is to use your right hand when eating and drinking as the left hand is seen as unclean.

History of Nizwa

In the 6th and 7th century, Nizwa was the capital of Oman. It was one of the first cities in Oman to convert to the Islamic religion. For centuries it was very unwelcoming and hostile to outsiders. However, since the 1970s, it has become a lot more modernized and hospitable to tourists and foreigners.

Restaurants and Local Food in Nizwa

Untouched by outside influences, the local food thrives in this small town. The best Omani food is found at Bin Ateeq Restaurant in Nizwa. A popular dish among tourists here is shark meat with coconut milk and rice. At Bin Ateeq, you will enjoy your food in Omani style: in "majilis" (sitting rooms), on the ground. Another restaurant you can go to enjoy Omani food is the Marsa Alsaiyaad Fish and Seafood. You will have to wait 30 minutes as they will be cooking fresh fish. You should also try various meat skewers you can buy at the souqs; these are very popular in Nizwa. At the souq, there are a variety of spices that you can buy such as saffron, chillies, turmeric, etc.
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How To Reach Nizwa

In order to reach Nizwa, you will have to fly into Muscat and then either drive or take a bus to Nizwa

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