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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Rustaq was once the capital of Oman, during the era of Imam Nasir bin Murshid al Ya'arubi.
Rustaq Fort, built four centuries prior to the dawn of Islam in Oman, is an imposing structure built on three levels, containing separate houses, an armory, a mosque and four towers. The tallest tower stands over 18.5m high and has a diameter of 6m.
The journey continues to Nakhal and its 17th Century Fort built on the peak of a mountain. Nakhal Fort is one of the most spectacular forts, dramatically located at the edge of the Jebel Akhdar Mountains in northwest Oman. It is surrounded by a beautiful oasis. There is an area with healing warm springs, the most notable being Ayn A’ Thowarah. Its waters run at 45°C and are regarded as a cure for rheumatism and skin diseases due to its sulfur content.
Your guide, will then take you to Wadi Al Abyad, enter the wadi to see the famous “blue pools” and calcite. If you have enough time, you can do the easy walk all the way to the village Al Abyad or explore the pools in the immediate vicinity, the blue pools are roughly five minutes down the wadi. Lush scenery and if there is enough water, you can do some wadi bashing. Head back to Muscat.