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Welcome to Oman

The Arabian Peninsula nation of Oman combines an ancient Middle Eastern spirit with a modern appearance. Port capital Muscat is home to landmarks such as the Muttrah Corniche and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, as well as plentiful people watching opportunities in Old Muscat's cafés. The Al Hajar Mountains culminate in Jebel Shams, the country's highest peak, which rewards visitors with panoramic views. Meanwhile, history-steeped Nizwa, once Oman's capital, features an ancient souk and a 17th-century fortress begging to be explored. And no trip to Oman is complete without a foray into the Wahiba Sand Desert, best seen from atop a camel or in a 4x4 vehicle.

Top 10 attractions in Oman

Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)

Wahiba Sands (Sharqiyah Sands)

Stretching over 125 miles (200 kilometers) from the Eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea, the Wahiba Sands (also known as Sharqiyah or Sharqiya Sands) are Oman’s adventure playground. Named after the nomadic Wahiba Bedouin tribes, this desert region is known for its amber-colored sands and towering sand dunes, some standing up to 330 feet (100 meters) high.More
Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

Opened in 2011, the Royal Opera House Muscat is Oman’s premier cultural institution and one of its signature sights. Visitors come to attend operas, concerts, and shows; enjoy its upscale shopping and dining mall; and marvel at its stunning Arabesque and Italianate design.More
Wadi Shab (Shab Valley)

Wadi Shab (Shab Valley)

Carving through high sandstone cliffs on the Gulf of Oman coast, Wadi Shab is one of the country’s most picturesque dry river gorges. The wadi’s palm-lined hiking trail and aquamarine waters make it a must for outdoors enthusiasts.More
Muttrah Souq (Mutrah Souk)

Muttrah Souq (Mutrah Souk)

Thought to be one of Arabia’s oldest marketplaces, Muttrah Souk is a maze of shop-crammed lanes and squares hidden off Muscat’s Muttrah waterfront. Open day and night, the souk lures travelers with its Arabian Nights atmosphere and outlets piled with Omani handicrafts, household goods, clothes, and spices.More
Nizwa Fort, Nizwa, Oman


One of the oldest cities in Oman, Nizwa sits on a plain in the Al-Hajar Mountain range. Once a stop on ancient caravan routes—and a center for trade, religion, education, and art—today’s Nizwa is a diverse place with agricultural, historic, and cultural points of interest.More
Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams

The highest peak in the Al-Hajar mountain range and in all of Oman, Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun) towers above the northern town of Al Hamra. Rising to about 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), Jebel Shams is a sharp contrast to the cool coastal towns along the Gulf of Oman.More
Wadi Bani Khalid

Wadi Bani Khalid

The most-visited of Oman’s wadi, or river beds, Wadi Bani Khalid also is one of its easiest to access. Join locals at this picturesque oasis to swim in a string of natural aquamarine pools flanked by boulders and palms, and picnic along the rocky trails.More
Al Alam Palace (Sultan's Palace)

Al Alam Palace (Sultan's Palace)

Occupying a waterfront spot on the harbor of Old Muscat, Al Alam Palace is the official ceremonial palace of the Sultan of Oman. Mushroom-shaped columns and a vivid gold-and-blue facade make it one of Muscat’s most arresting sights.More
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Situated in western Muscat, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the city’s treasures. Built in 2001 on the orders of the late Sultan Qaboos, and the only Omani mosque open to non-Muslims, it’s impressive for its cream-marble courtyards, minarets, and prayer hall topped by a golden dome.More
Hatta Rock Pools

Hatta Rock Pools

Situated just across the Unied Arab Emirates’ eastern border in Oman, the Hatta Rock Pools are spring-fed pools that flow through the rock passageways of the Hajar Mountains.Visitors come here to escape Dubai’s urban crowds, swim in the turquoise waters, and enjoy picnics amid stunning scenery and cooler mountain climates.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Oman

Good tour.
Jean_B, Nov 2021
Muscat Half Day City Tour
His English was good.
An amazing day tour
andrewmclifford, Nov 2021
Desert experience - Private Wahiba sands full day tour
A knowledgeable driver and tour guide whose first language is not English but was excellent.
Great trip to Nizwa and Grand Canyon
Phillip_C, Feb 2020
Nizwa and Jebal Shams Grand canyon
Oman is a great place to visit: friendly, beautiful, and totally safe.
From desert to ocean
Nancy_P, Jan 2020
3 Day Package TOUR JASMIN
Also the trip provided many outdoor activities which I enjoyed.
Great Muscat Experience!
Resort10559825765, Apr 2019
Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4
When I told him I wanted to visit Muttrah souq, out of good will he drove me there and assisted me in some deal bargaining for my souvenirs.
Beautiful Nature. Minimal Guide Interaction
Anne_F, Feb 2020
Discover the South and Wadi Shab from Muscat
It’s a nice way to see a different side of Oman though.
Hassle-free way to explore eastern Oman for a day
DerekJames_W, Feb 2020
Jebel Shams Day Trip: The Grand Canyon of Oman
This is a convenient way to visit Nizwa and Jebel Shams for a day as a solo traveler.
Amazing Omani experience
cruisediariesblog, Feb 2020
Jebel Shams Day Trip: The Grand Canyon of Oman
On the way back we stopped to see a plantation and the fascinating irrigation system.
Our tour guide.
repsaw, Jan 2020
Half-Day Muscat City Tour
She has a masters degree speak multiple languages in her English is perfect.
Nizwa, worth the effort
Anthony_L, Dec 2019
Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat
No time to see the Fort (5 rials), yet there is always too much time for coffee, food-tasting and the set lunch !
Loved it. So glad we did this
Finicky_one, Dec 2019
Authentic Omani Home Dining
The family spoke English very well, was very well educated and well traveled.
Beautiful City
Judy S, Nov 2019
Half Day Tour in Muscat (except on Friday)
Considering the short time we had to visit, our guide, Sultan gave us the best possible experience.
Great shore excursion with good guides
Thomas_C, Mar 2019
Khasab Musandam Dhow Cruise To Musandam Fjords
Also it’s interesting to see the Iranian smugglers all rushing out of the harbor around 5-6 pm, on speedboats and driving erratically to confuse the police, who were out there but didn’t seem to chase any or care.
With some initial difficulty during...
John L, Feb 2018
Muscat Half Day City Tour
For someone like ourselves calling on a cruise it was an ideal way to see what Muscat has to offer we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can highly recommend it.
Really Amazing! The Rub Al 'Khali...
Vito F, Mar 2018
Empty Quarter and a Lost city
The lost city was also interesting to see as the site is not very big, but what was found looks like a fort, but could have been much bigger.
I was at the hotel lobby before...
MC, Dec 2017
Muscat Half Day City Tour
We were taken to places that we were supposed to see without problems.
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