Souks and seafood, arid mountains to the sea, Oman is an amalgamation of many terrains and things altogether found in one single country.
1. Longest ruling royal family in all of Arabia! The Al Said family has been ruling the country for 3 centuries actually, from the year 1744. Qabis Bin Said has been the ruler since 1970, making him the longest running ruler of the Middle East.
2. It is actually the oldest independent state of Arabia and with humans inhabiting it for over 106,000 years also one of the oldest inhabited countries in the world.
3. Equestrians hold the Omani horses in the highest regard. The horses from this country are said to possess great speed, stamina and endurance. Folklore narrates that King Solomon gifted an Omani tribe a special horse named Zad Al-Rabeb and the Omani horses of today are its descendants, thus, carrying the special powers too. The country has an all-female royal cavalry too.
4. Buildings, societies, housing structures, etc. all look like an endless sea of white because that is the only sanctioned colour as per the state. If you happen to spot a splash of colour n between its probably because the building owners acquired special permission for the same from the government.
5. No tax is levied on individual incomes! Personal incomes are not liable to pay up any form of tax. Th oil rich country extends many favourable incentives to its citizens.
6. More than half of their workforce is made up of Indians, so, Hindi will often fall upon your ears in this country.
7. They have since ancient years been regarded to be masters at shipbuilding. Their shipbuilding prowess is known worldwide, crediting them for perfectly constructed ships that survive the tests of time.
8. The locals believe that silence builds character and the belief is so strong that despite there not being an actual law to this effect, they practically never honk on the roads.
9. Mountain Dew has monopolized the beverage market. So, if you love your Coca Cola say goodbye to it during your visit to Oman. Do the Dew!
10. As per the Sharia law the punishments are very rigorous as a result of which the crime rate is practically non-existent in the country. Additionally, even instances of terrorism have been rare and actually non-occurring in the past few decades. Safety first!
11. Oman has grown exponentially in the tourism industry. The country’s fleet of present-day luxurious hotels were once actually shacks that got converted to be the plush properties that they are today.
12. Four UNESCO Heritage sites can be found here which reflect the ancient settlements and culture of the country. The sites even show irrigation systems which were in place back in 500 AD!
13. Khanjar or the ornamental daggers were invented in Oman and then reached a number of countries including ours. You would have heard of them in history, their use in the older times which eventually got converted into their being used as ceremonial instruments. Today, the khanjar is not only their national emblem but also found on their currency. They consider it to be a symbol of strength and pride.
14. Frankincense is an aromatic resin used in perfumes and fragrances. In the ancient times it was a gift of high order exchanged amongst royalties. Today, it has become exceedingly popular in Europe due to its aroma and subtle medicinal properties. Oman is responsible for 17% of its production as it is one of the very few countries where the tree naturally grows. In fact, it was this resin that actually caused a boom in the country’s economy.
15. The endangered green turtles are not only found but also lay eggs at Oman’s Ras Al Jinz beach which has been given the protection of being a turtle reserve. Visitors can even witness the hatching of turtles at times after which the creatures go on to return to the water. What a sight!
16. In order to buy liquor, you need a license. Yes, s per your earning and abilities you would be granted a license permitting a controlled amount of liquor purchases periodically.
Trip Leader Niyati’s Recommendations:
1. Fascinated by deliciously blue waters and the thrill of swimming in them? Meet Wadi Shab, a range of multiple natural pools between gorges. The pools are brimming with brilliantly blue waters and there is even a hidden waterfall to explore. Visiting the gorge actually involves a hike, so, throw those hiking shoes on and trust me you will be rewarded with what you will get to see.
2. What was the first image that popped in your mind when you read the name Oman? My mind instantly went to the souks and the desert. A visit to this country cannot be complete without the desert so for a camping experience make way to Wahiba Sands. Camel rides, exploring sand dunes in the day and stargazing at night make this one memorable experience.
3. Oman is actually blessed with really beautiful beaches. Al Mughsayl, Tiwi White and Bandar Jissah are some of the best beaches. White sands, open skies and clear waters make these the ideals beaches for you to get in your vacation groove.
4. And if your fun in the water is yet to cease, I urge you to go to Daymaniyat Islands if you have the time. A stretch of 9 islands, this is actually a protected area. It can be hefty on the pocket but offers you the prize of breathtakingly blue waters and also the chance to indulge in snorkelling, diving and other activities.
5. Sultan Qaboos Mosque is none other than the most significant spiritual site is all of Oman. To connect to the cultural character of the country, visit and go pay your respects even as you experience its grandeur and majestic making.
6. Stay in a mud village! Yes, experiencing homestays is pure joy and here you can actually stay in structures build out of mud. Misfat Al Abriyeen presents such as opportunity where the houses have terraces and gardens giving you the chance to sit back and enjoy some quiet time during your trip.
7. If you’re wondering if there’s a way to fit in a waterfall in your trip somehow then depending upon your visit’s season, the Wadi Salalah is brimming waterfall. Go jump around, be a child and laugh!
How to Reach:
Direct flights to Oman are available from multiple cities in our country such as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, etc.