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Things to do in Oman
Muscat - explore the Al Jalali Fort
The region around Oman has been a turbulent one for hundreds of years. The Al Jalali Fort is a great example of the fortifications developed for its security, since its inception in the 16th century. Perched on a small island the fortress offers a wonderful opportunity to explore its intereriors as well as see great views from its walls, that look the water. The interior has many examples of cannons, muskets and other military hardware as well as beautiful examples of textiles and decoration.
Muscat - wander through the Mutrah Souk
For a wonderful shopping experience take a wander through the Muttrah Souk, and seek out and barter to get some great bargains. There are a myriad of stalls in the bazaar, offering everything from exotic spices and leather ware to traditional Omani items such as silver coffee pots and ornate knives. Be sure to bargain hard with the vendors, as the first price they ask is seldom the last they will accept.
Nizwa - experience camel racing
Camels have been an integral part of desert life for as long as records exist. The Omani’s love of these animals has developed into the grand sport of camel racing. Omani camels are some of best in the world, and even have their own special pedigrees, some of which can fetch very high prices. Unlike horse racing, the track here is 8km long and makes for very exciting racing. The races take place early in the morning due to the heat, so be prepared for an early start.
Introduction of Oman
Salalah - wander and absorb the Sultan Qaboos Palace
Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said came to power in 1970 and inherited a series of 8 palaces, which also include farms and residential areas. Most have their own private landing pads and are heavily guarded. They are not generally open to the public, although some of these magnificent buildings can be seen from the outside. The main palace, built in 1972 and is the ceremonial home of the Sultan of Oman.
Bordering the desert countries of the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Saudi Arabia at the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has only been open to visitors since the 1970s. Traditionally a great maritime nation, Oman is increasing in popularity as a visitor destination, with its friendly peoples doing their best to encourage tourism. First settled during the Stone Age and later developed for its copper mines, the Islamic country boast diverse ecosystems ranging from towering mountains, awe-inspiring wildernesses and desert dunes, lush coastal lowlands, oases and picturesque historic towns and small cities. The country's most famed landmarks are its many ancient, defensive forts, numbering more than 500 and dating from as early as the 13th century, with a fine example in Nizwa. Wahiba Sands holds massive, rolling dunes stretching to the horizon and the rugged mountainous regions lead off-roaders to dry wadis winding through the peaks. The beaches here are known as breeding locations for several sea turtle species, with Masirah Island best known for leatherbacks. From date-palm huts in the desert to five-star luxury Oman hotels in the historical capital of Muscat, lodging here encompasses all styles and budgets.