Oman and its 11 Most Wonderful Places



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Hajar Mountains             
Hajar Mountains are a range in Northern Oman running to the south of the Al Batinah Coast. They separate the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau, and lie 50–100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. It is known for the tern Hajar for the protection of Arabian tahr and mountain gazelle. For visitors there is a road into the mountains from the town of Birkat al-Mawz (on the road to Nizwa from Muscat) and a walking route through Wadi al-Muaydin to the Saiq Plateau.
Madha
Madha is located halfway between the Musandam Peninsula and the rest of Oman. It belongs to Muhafazat Musandam. Madha is mostly empty, with the developed portion, called "New Madha", containing roads, a school, post office, an 'Eid ground, police station, an Omani bank, electricity and water supply, and an airstrip. There is also a Royal Oman Police patrol.
               
Muscat
Muscat is the capital of Oman. It is also the seat of government and largest city in the Governorate of Muscat. The evidences of communal activity in the area around Muscat dates back to the 6th millennium BCE in Ras al-Hamra, where burial sites of fishermen have been found. The graves appear to be well formed and indicate the existence of burial rituals. South of Muscat, remnants of Harappan pottery indicate some level of contact with the Indus Valley Civilisation. Muscat's notability as a port was acknowledged as early as the 1st century CE by Greek geographers Ptolemy, who referred to it as Cryptus Portus (the Hidden Port), and by Pliny the Elder, who called it Amithoscuta. Muscat's economy, like that of Oman, is dominated by trade. The more traditional exports of the city included dates, mother of pearl, and fish. Many of the souks of Muttrah sell these items and traditional Omani artefacts. Muscat is famous for the Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani fort They are located in Qasr Al Alam Street. The forts were built as prisons in the Rocky Mountains in 1580 during the Portugese occupation, and have now been converted into museums.

Bahla    
Bahla is a town in Ad Dakhiliyah, Oman. It is famous for its ancient fort and its pottery. Bahla Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is believed to have been built in pre-Islamic times and is now undergoing reconstruction sponsored by UNESCO and the site is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage site.

Masirah Island  
Masirah Island is in Central Coastal Oman. Favourite destination by travellers is the Masirah Beaches. The east coast beaches are wild and windy whilst those on the west coast are calmer and most suitable for swimming.

Nizwa   
Nizwa is the largest city in the Ad Dakhiliyah Region in Oman and was the capital of Oman proper. Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries AD. With its deep connection to the root of Islam, Nizwa possesses a number of renowned mosques, such as Sultan Qaboos Jama (Friday mosque), So'al Mosque built in the 2nd century AH (9th century AD), Ash-Shawathinah Mosque in Uqr and Ash-Sharja Mosque. There are also Al-Ain Mosque, Ash-Sheikh Mosque and Shuraij Mosque in Tanuf built in 377 AH (around 1,000 AD). Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Its Jama (grand mosque) was formerly a center for Islamic learning. It is known for the Nizwa fort, the fort was built in the 1668 A.D by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'rubi. It is Oman's most visited national monument. The fort was the administrative seat of authority for the presiding Imams and Walis in times of peace and conflict.

Musandam Peninsula   
Musandam Peninsula is located in Northern Oman. It is popular to travellers because of its beautiful mountains. Starting from the principal town of Khasab, a graded road straddles a ridge, high above valleys on either side. This is near Jabal Harim (Mt. Harim), the highest point in Musandam.


Salalah
Salalah is the capital and seat of the governor or Wali of the southern Omani province of Dhofar. Salalah history shows that it gained prominence due to the Frankincense that was extracted from the Frankincense trees that are found in this region. Frankincense is an extract from these trees that is used for perfume and incense sticks. These perfumes are used for ritualistic purpose and are hence widely popular among the practitioners of Judaism. Belonging to the Boswellia family, these trees also have medicinal values. Salalah is the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman, and the largest city in the Dhofar Provence. It is home to the Sultan Qaboos' Palace and al-Hisn Souq.

Wahiba Sands   
Wahiba Sands are a region of desert in Oman. The desert has been of scientific interest since a 1986 expedition by the Royal Geographical Society documented the diversity of the terrain, the flora and fauna, noting 16,000 invertebrates as well as 200 species of other wildlife, including avifauna.
               
Sohar   
Sohar is the most developed city in Sultanate of Oman outside the capital Muscat. Sohar is currently experiencing significant investment and economic shifts making it the focus of attention of many local and international investors and businessmen. Sohar Castle is one of the most prominent features in the city of Sohar and was built between the 13th and 14th century AD by the 'Emirs of Hormuz'.

Sur        
Sur is a capital city of Ash Sharqiyah Region, northeastern Oman, on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. By the 6th century, Sur was an established centre for trade with East Africa. In the 16th century, it was under Portuguese rule but was liberated by the Omani imam Nasir ibn Murshid and underwent an economic revival, as a trade centre with India and East Africa. This continued until the mid-19th century, when the British outlawed the slave trade. It is one of the famous cities in the Persian Gulf in building wooden ships. Its historical location gives it the hand to monitor the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean. Many ships have been built in this city, like the sambuk and ghanjah.

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