The Sultanate of Oman with mesmerizing natural beauty is one of the most relaxing and safest vacation destinations in the world! A breathtaking kaleidoscope of Oman heritage, culture, scenic beauty, beaches, mountains, wadis, deserts, and adventure offers a journey like never before and experience like no other country across the globe. Till a few years ago, Oman was known only for Muscat; however, tourism in Oman is much beyond just Muscat. Although Muscat is indeed a great destination, the picturesque location of Oman is entwined with hundreds of other tourist attractions as well where thousands of families create their lifetime vacation memories every year!
Sultanate of Oman’s history goes back to the very dawn of civilization. The coastal area fronting on the Gulf of Oman is believed to have been the land known to the Sumerians as Magan, from which as early as 3,000 B.C. they were importing copper.
The Arab history of the country begins in the 2nd century B.C., with the migration of tribal groups from the region of modern-day Yemen.The Oman is were among the first of the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula to embrace Islam, doing so during the lifetime of the Prophet in the 7th century A.D. The centuries that followed were a golden age, with Omani sailors and traders ranging from India to Africa.
Portuguese seized and fortified Muscat harbour, establishing a string of coastal strong points to protect their trade route to India. They were not finally expelled until 1650.
The Oman is then proceeded to build their own empire on the Arabian Peninsula and along the coasts of Persia, India and Africa, becoming the dominant maritime power in the area. In 1741 the founder of the present Al-Said dynasty, Imam Ahmad bin Said, took power, moving the capital from the interior to the former Portuguese stronghold of Muscat.
Oman was known as Muscat and Oman. Winning a contest with France for influence, Britain established a treaty relationship with the sultanate in 1798.
Oman was recognized as fully independent in 1951,but the close relationship continued. Oman is now one of successful emerging market in the Middle East.
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Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8h30 AM to start a wonderful day through the mountain range. Start the day by a visit of Nakhal Fort, this 17th Century Fort has some stunning views from the battlements which shows just what a prime position this fort use to command and is really worth the climb.
The track to Wadi Bani Awf is a stunning, exhilarating trip over the mountains. Deep in Oman's countryside are many villages that still retain their traditional charm. Perhaps the most appealing of these is Bilad Sayt, a tranquil mountain hamlet tucked away in the mountains. The road or should I say track is steep to go on the other side but worth the trip. Your next stop will be, Misfat Al Abreen, set in a stunning landscape above terraced plantations of date palms. This is a rare sight in Oman as most palms are grown on the plains. The ancient houses and ruined watchtower perched on the mountain complete the scene. Continue your journey to the top of Jebel Shams, “Sun Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak, 3009 m. The cooler temperatures will surprise as you reach the top to get a spectacular view of the “Grand Canyon”.
Sleeping in high altitude will get you closer to the stars.
Night in a camp in the mountain
After a nice breakfast, stop for another spectacular view of this beautiful canyon, the light in the morning is very different then at dusk. As you go down the mountain, there is an interesting wadi, Wadi Nakhar, a narrow canyon. It is a stunning beautiful place, and is geologically spectacular, being one of the deepest canyons on the planet. Go deep inside to visit the village where the main activity is weaving, especially Omani rugs woven in patterns of either brown or white, from natural wool. The villagers obtained the wool for weaving by shearing sheep and goats and then spinning it into yarn - a slow process done by the shepherds, women and older children whenever they had spare time. Each ball of yarn, called a kubba, took about four days to complete, and nine balls of yarn were needed for a complete rug. You can also buy rugs there directly from the rug makers.