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How to Spend a Weekend in Oman

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About Oman

Oman is a hidden gem in the Middle East. The geographical diversity is fascinating. It comprises deserts, green mountains in Salalah, the high altitude peak of Jebel Shams (3009 m), and a long coastline along the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and the Arabian Peninsula.

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If you have visited or lived in Dubai, you must have heard of Dibba Musandam. Musandam governorate, also Musandam Peninsula, is a region in Oman, but separated by land bordering the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Interesting right?

According to a report by the National Centre for Statistics and Information of Oman, the number of tourists increased from 1.13 million in 2022 to 1.43 million by September 2023. This was a result of the rise of visitors from Europe, the United States, Gulf Cooperation Countries, Africa, and Oceania.

“There are endless reasons why one should visit Oman. The Sultanate of Oman is a place like no other. It is where the desert and the mountains meet the sea shores, a place with unbreakable history, identity, culture, and safety.” said Abdul Majeed Al Ghazali, Oman Tour Specialist.

Experience Oman through the eyes of a local. Know about our by clicking here – Local Guides in Oman.

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Among other airports, the Muscat International Airport and the Salalah International Airport cater to a lot of foreign tourists.

Following are ways you can make the best out of your weekend in Oman –

1. Nizwa and Birkat Al Mouz Day Tour

A journey through time as you explore the ancient city of Nizwa, mesmerized by the iconic Nizwa Fort, a true masterpiece of seventeenth-century architecture. After a deep dive into the fort’s rich history, we’ll wander through traditional vibrant souqs, where you’ll discover a world of traditional khanjars, intricate handicrafts, and exquisite jewelry.

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Continuing with the journey we’ll rove to the intriguing remains of Birkat Al Mouz, one of the most famous villages in ruins in the Sultanate and home to the traditional Falaj irrigation system which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lastly, the tour ends with the breathtaking views of Jebel Akhdar, meaning the Green Mountain, which is one of Oman’s most spectacular areas surrounded by lush terrain unveiling the cool climes that earned it the name “green jewel” of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges.

Fun Tip: Visit Nizwa Souq for authentic Omani Handicrafts and bargain with local vendors for a more interactive and memorable shopping experience!

2. Sailing to Damaniyat Island

Dive into the aquatic adventures of Damaniyat Island, a pristine marine reserve. Snorkel in crystal-clear waters, witness beautiful corals, and sandy beaches, or glide along the surface on your paddle board and be captivated by the marine life beneath.

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These Islands are your haven of exploration. The splendor of the Damaniyat Islands, the thrill of exploration, and the beauty of the sea will forever remain part of your aquatic wonders. Let the island be a harbor of unforgettable moments.

3. Oman Food Tour

A day trip on a culinary odyssey through the flavors of Oman. Omani food is a tapestry of influences from Persia, India, and Africa, each bite is a testament to the country’s rich history and connection.

From aromatic spices to tantalizing street food, our food tour ensures that you savor every moment giving you a one-of-a-kind food tour that offers a peek into the essence of Omani culture through its cuisine.

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Our local guides will accompany you through old towns and villages on this appetizing expedition that will satisfy your taste buds.

Fun Tip: Challenge your taste buds with a blindfolded tasting session of Omani spices – a unique and delightful experience!

4. Sunset Dhow Cruise Tour

Indulge in the golden hues of the Arabian sunset on a serene Dhow cruise, a picturesque beauty and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Oman serenade you as you glide along stunning Oman’s coast.

The tranquil waters create an enticing canvas of colors as the sun sets over the Omani coast. The gentle rocking of the Dhow adds to the serene ambiance, making it a perfect relaxing destination.

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While you enjoy the views, savor the Kahwa, a traditional Omani-style coffee served on board that will make you feel the warmth of Omani hospitality, creating a lasting memory of a tranquil evening. It’s a perfect visit for those seeking tranquility by the coast, enhanced by amazing facilities.

5. Full Moon Hike at Jebel Akhdar

An exciting hiking adventure awaits you under the mesmerizing glow of the full moon. The alluring beauty of Jebel Akhdar takes on a mystical charm, creating an unforgettable night of exploration and tranquility.

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This journey is extraordinary, as it’s available only during the full moon according to the Hijri (Arabic) calendar.

The cool night air, the rustle of leaves, and the moonlit trails create a magical atmosphere. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with nature and experience the beauty of Oman in a different light, providing an extraordinary adventure for nighttime tourists.

Royal Dinner at Jabreen Castle

Experience the epitome of Omani hospitality at one of Oman’s most immaculately preserved 17th-century castles where you exclusively treat yourself to a private dinner.

The evening will be accompanied by delectable Omani cuisine that reflects Omani culinary heritage and will delight your taste buds.

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Spend the evening surrounded by the historical charm of this architectural masterpiece and Omani Folklore dance performances.

Fun Tip: Learn a traditional Omani dance move or two during the Folklore dance performances – it’s a fun way to explore Omani local culture. Make it a weekend in Oman wrapped in regal luxury!

Off-Beat Wadi Experiences

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Discovering Oman’s wadis is a must-do experience when you visit Oman, one cannot help but be captivated by its raw beauty and serenity of its wadis. But the real magic begins when you have Mohammed AlHadi as your guide, a true expert in discovering Oman’s hidden gems that will make your adventure 10 times more exciting.

In Oman’s wadis, adventure awaits at every turn. Dive into crystal clear waters, trek scenic trails, and abseiling down rocky cliffs – a perfect blend of relaxation and adrenaline making your trip one of a kind, an ideal escape for nature-loving tourists.

Discovering Oman: Fun Facts Before Your Journey

Get ready for an exciting journey in Oman with these interesting facts – imagine ancient forts scattered around, telling stories of Oman’s lively past. Did you know? There are over 1000 ancient forts, each with its own tales and impressive craftsmanship from the past!

Explore different landscapes, from beautiful beaches to expansive deserts. With a coastline that goes on for more than 3,000 kilometers, Oman not only has breathtaking views but is also a great place for those who love the sea.

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Whether you’re admiring the intricate details of a historic town, or basking in the sun’s warmth amid date palms, Oman promises interesting discoveries at every turn.

Venture beyond Muscat during your long weekend. Away from the city’s skyline, visit the iconic forts and the famous and huge mosque – Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It will take you back to Omani history and rich culture.

Craft your own Omani Adventure with 365 Adventures

Crafting your Omani Adventure is not just about discovering breathtaking landscapes. It’s about blending yourself in the rich tapestry of Omani culture, beauty, and must-visit destinations.

From the vibrant streets of the capital city of Muscat to the tranquil beaches, ancient city, and forts such as Bahla fortress, Misfat Al Abriyeen, and hidden gems like Wadi Shab, every trip with our local guides in Oman is an experience you will remember forever.

We look forward to seeing you visit Oman with your friends and family.

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