Most Indonesians probably don’t know much about Oman. Even some people who know about Oman still misunderstand by mistaking it for Yemen because the two locations are next to each other. But did you know that actually Oman is not Yemen, Oman is actually a country that is also a country in the Middle East and is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) , Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.
The capital city of Oman is the city of Muscat with its culture and architecture that has been known for a long time. Although geographically and geologically Oman is a country with deserts like other Middle Eastern countries, in fact Oman also has various very interesting tourist attractions to visit. Here are some tourist attractions in Oman that must be visited, including:
1. Muscat Old Town
Muscat Old Town is the first tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. The location of this tourist spot is none other than the city which is the capital of Oman, namely Muscat, precisely in Ruwi and Muttrah.
Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of the city with a very artistic view combined with a very beautiful natural impression and all the beauty that is in the old city of Muscat, so it is not surprising that many come to visit this place to enjoy the beauty that is in the old city of Muscat. , as well as many culinary tours and special souvenirs in this place of Muscat’s old town.
Nizwa is the second tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. This city is known as a quiet and peaceful city. This is evidenced by its title as the “Capital of Islamic Culture”. His contributions to Islamic culture, language, arts, and science, are well-deserved for the title.
Here you can enjoy various Islamic cultures which are very thick with the people who are very friendly in welcoming tourists (foreign tourists). In addition, a historical building that can be enjoyed is Nizwa Fort. In addition, there are various bazaars that sell various exotic spices and silverware, making those who want to buy souvenirs even more pampered.
Salalah is the third tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. The city is very well known for its festivals which are held during the rainy season or known as Khareef. When the festival takes place, people will dance in the rain in a desert climate.
In addition, although Salalah is a desert, you can also enjoy beautiful views of green trees and mountains on a brown background. Even the Salalah area which is a desert can be transformed into a green forest complete with waterfalls and streams on its surface. It’s hard to believe if you haven’t proven it directly, but that’s exactly what happened in Salalah. This usually takes place during the rainy season, which is between July and September. So much so that you are recommended to come to this city in these months.
4. Al Rustaq Valley (al Hoqain)
Al Rustaq Valley is the fourth tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. A valley in Oman will indeed be filled with water during the rainy season, where the water is very valuable water.
However, the conditions are different if in the Rustaq area, the valley here has special conditions including the flow of water throughout the year. Al Hoqain Valley for example, this valley is even equipped with waterfalls, plantations, and hot springs. So it is not surprising that this valley is known as the largest valley.
5. Wahiba Desert
The Wahiba Desert is the fifth tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. As we already know that most of the area in Oman is desert or desert. But especially in Wahiba, the desert feels very different from other deserts.
In Wahiba you will find sand dunes with a height of about 100 meters, colorful sand, and camels that make it look like the Sahara Desert. For those of you who travel here, you can stay at one of the desert campgrounds that do serve tours using motorized vehicles.
6. Sur Turtles
Sur Turtles is the sixth tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. Not far from the location of the Wahiba Desert, you can continue towards the Bani Khalid Valley which is located in the port city of Sur. Here you will find several castles, beautiful ships, and beaches with beautiful views.
However, the main goal that is usually a priority for tourists coming to this place is to see turtles. This can be realized when taking a walk on the beach, where lucky tourists can usually witness the sight of sea turtles laying their eggs.
7. Jebel Akhdar
Jebel Akhdar is the seventh tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. That is, Jebel Akhdar is part of the Al Hajar Mountains around Oman which stretches about 300 km (186 miles) northwest to the southeast, between 50-100 km (31-62 miles) inland from the Gulf around the coast of Oman.
Jebel Akhdar is one of the most spectacular areas in Oman. The highest point, Jabal Shams, which is known as the Mountain of the Sun, is around 3,000 meters. It is the highest point in Oman and the entire eastern part of Saudi Arabia. You can enjoy the mountains in the desert area that will not be found anywhere. Access to this place is about 45 minutes from Nizwa by car. One of the most famous of Jebel Akhdar is the extraction of traditional rosewater and its agricultural products, such as pomegranate, apricot, peach, and walnut.
8. Bahla Fort
Bahla Fort is the eighth tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. Bahla Fort is one of four historic forts located at the foot of Jebel Akhdar, in Oman. The fort was built in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the Oasis of Bahla was prosperous under the control of the Banu Nebhan tribe.
Prior to 1987, this fort seemed neglected and not well maintained so that parts of the walls collapsed every year during the rainy season. But things turned around after in 1987, UNESCO designated this fort as a World Heritage Site. So that more and more tourists come to visit this fort. In addition, the city of Bahla which is the location of the fort is also famous for its handicrafts in the form of pottery. The city of Bahla is also an Oasis, which is surrounded by walls adobe with a length of about 12 km.
9. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the ninth tourist spot that can be visited when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. The Sultan Qadoos Grand Mosque is a mosque in Muscat, Oman. This mosque was inaugurated in 2001 by Sultan Qaboos. This mosque had earned a world record as the mosque that uses the largest human-made carpet in the world. After this record, this mosque became known and invited various tourists to come to visit, especially Muslim tourists.
Even though this record has become the second time along with the inauguration of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2007, the number of tourists visiting this place is still busy.
10. The Royal Opera House Muscat (Robin)
The Royal Opera House Muscat is the tenth place to visit when you come to Oman, in the Middle East. This place is the main place in Oman which is used for art, music and culture. This Opera House is located in the Shati Al Qurm district of Muscat, Oman. This place was built during the reign of Sultan Qaboos which reflects typical contemporary Omani architecture and has a capacity that can accommodate a maximum of 1,100 people. It is an Opera House complex consisting of a concert theatre, auditorium, formal gardens, a cultural market with retail, fine dining, and an arts center for music, theater, and opera productions.
Those are some tourist attractions in Oman, in the Middle East. Interested in trying? Please come to Oman, in the Middle East.
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