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In 1994 we visited Oman during ten days and stayed in Muscat, Nizwa and Salalah.

We travelled in a small group of 3 persons. It was a kind of try-out trip. The people of the just started local travel agency visited us several times in our hotel in Muscat and made many pictures of themselves together with us, being their first customers.

For our driver it was his first job to drive tourists around an he didn't always understand, that we liked to discover some parts of the area by feet, like the suq and driving in the countryside he was very afraid for camels.

The sultanate Oman, the land of the frankincense, has a large diversity in landscapes with mountains, sanddunes and a long coastline with a lot of beaches.
Oman has an old 1.200 years old civilisation and history.
There are about 500 impressive forts, lovely small villages and old trading towns with traditonal suqs.

In the larger towns of Oman you will find a mixture of the traditional and modern life with colorful suqs and modern shopping malls. The men still wear their dishdashes, the long collarless shirt dresses. The women wear very colorfull dresses.

Everywhere in Oman we met very friendly people, who have still their traditional hospitability. In 1994 Oman looked like an very unspoilt tourist destination. So it was also hard to find any information or a good guidebook about Oman.

In winter 2016 we visited Oman again. I will update this page soon.

West of Muscat inland we visited several forts like those of Barka, Rustaq, Nakhl, Nizwa and Bahla.
Some were allready restored, but a lot of reconstruction work was still going on in 1994.

We went to the south of Oman by plane. In Dhofar, the area around Salalah we found lovely fishing villages with traditonal houses, desolated beaches, the famous frankincense trees, the grave of Job and the spectacular blowholes at the coast near Mughsayl.

  • Last visit to Oman: Feb 2016
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    nice page, lovely to see your pics and tips as id love to get out to see Nizwa and the places that look so interesting - i even have a road map and driving info book for the day i head there..i made it to Oman and saw quite a bit of Muscat during a 4 hour tour on my way from Sri Lankan last year on the way back to the UK (cheap flights flying via Oman) but would love too see more

    • sachara's Profile Photo
      Apr 27, 2016 at 12:33 AM

      In 1994 it was quite an adventure. We were almost the only foreigners. Last winter I was back for a day during a cruise. Muscat souk and museum were crowded with tourists. Nizwa must be restored now.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Hello, Ali! What a wonderful place to visit.... Thanks for your interesting story! ><><><

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Really looking forward to go there. Thanks for the tips Ali!!!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2010 at 4:17 AM

    We are visiting Oman in March- your tips are useful, thank you.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    A really interesting page - comprehensive and informative. Lovely photos too. Let's hope the cyclone damage is soon cleared away and life can return to normal for the Omanis. leyle

  • LauraWest's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2006 at 7:01 AM

    Really great tips on Oman, a place I now know more about. Thanks to you, I must go there! Wish me luck with that! Peace, Laura

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2006 at 12:39 PM

    Very informative; (except the 12000 years ! ) I'll go there end March, and remind your tips

  • titti's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2005 at 12:53 AM

    seems that whenever I search for a destination I find your pages... :-)

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2005 at 11:09 AM

    Excellent pages on Oman. I only passed small enclaves on way to Khor Fakkan, so didn't see any the interesting places you did.

  • condorito's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2005 at 12:43 PM

    Very good information Thanks


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