Oman – the land of ancient culture, history and rich heritage – is also one of the most underrated countries in the Middle East. Brace yourselves, because this hidden gem has a lot more to offer than you expect! From friendly locals to scenic views and historical sites, Oman has it all for the adventurous soul. Think Arabian forts, lost cities in the desert, and deep cavernous ravines (wadis)… Still skeptical? Here are 5 reasons why Oman should be on your bucket list.
The Lost City of Ubar
Once famous for its frankincense trade, the history behind the lost city of Ubar revolves around legends and myths – but Ubar was Since then, archaeologists and explorers have been visiting Southern Oman (in the Dhofar region) to explore this lost city. Hidden away in the deep dunes of Al Rub’ Al Khali desert, Ubar will take you back in time to unravel Oman’s rich tradition and ancient history.
Oman will continuously amaze you with its stunning scenery – and we’re talking gorgeous mountains. Standing 3000 metres above sea level, the Jebel Shams mountain is the highest peak in Oman! This hauntingly beautiful sight is also known as “The Grand Canyon of Oman”. If you want to explore the surrounding area of Jebel Shams, take a hike on the Balcony Walk – the trails will lead you along the cliffs… and right into the most scenic landscape you’ll ever lay your eyes on!
The world’s most breathtaking sinkhole
Have you guys heard of the Bimmah Sinkhole? You’ll find this beautiful water-filled depression between the coastal towns of Dibab and Bimmah. The calm turquoise waters and peaceful surroundings of this sinkhole will send you on a sensory overload. Omanis believe that this sinkhole was created by a meteorite, even though it was a result of dissolution from underlying limestones. As a preservation effort, the municipality of Oman has constructed a park around this sinkhole, with a stairway leading to the lake. How cool is that?
Home to some of the most beautiful valleys (wadis), outdoor lovers can make the most of Oman by exploring a different wadi in every city! Fancy a dreamy oasis? The most spectacular wadis in Oman is the Wadi Bani Khalid, Wadi Shab and Wadi Tawi – filled with blue lakes, stunning waterfalls, rocky surfaces and green plantations. For a more secluded spot, check out Wadi Damm and get blown away by the moss curtains and crystal clear waters! This hidden paradise in the middle east will take your breath away.
Ruins of Tunif
Tanuf is a little village located in the middle of two well-known cities – Nizwa and Bahla (in the Al Dakhliya Governorate). This small village is known for the production of Omani bottled water (Tanuf, Jabal Al Akhdar, Salsabel). But that’s not the only highlight of Tanuf. This village also holds ancient ruins of its historical lost city – which was abandoned during the war of Jabal Al Akhdar in 1950. A visit to Tanuf is a mix of nature, architectural beauty and rich history.
With all the natural beauty surrounding Oman, there’s no excuse not to love it! This country gives you the best of the of the Arabian Gulf’s untouched natural tourism. Decided to add Oman to your bucket list? Book your vacation with our summer offer and get a 2 for 1 hotel stay for up to 6 nights until 31st August 2018!
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