Oman’s emergence as a significant economic centre in the Arab Gulf Region has attracted international tax talent with a staggering 45% of the Omani population comprising of expatriates. With Etihad and Emirates serving the country and the new Muscat International Airport recently opened, Oman has never been more accessible.
Diverse and rich in history with a raw beauty of nature and the capital, Muscat is popular with international executives and tourists alike. As one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, Muscat has evolved into a business hub hustled with international executives, global firms and locals.
1. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Muscat is home to the contemporary Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque rated number one on what to do in TripAdvisor, this popular attraction is one of the only mosques that will allow non-Muslims to enter. There are strict entry guidelines, especially in terms of clothing. However, there are no fees to enter the mosque and a visit here will allow you to become acquainted with Islamic civilisation.
2. Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM)
Fancy a classy evening in Muscat? Head over to the Royal Opera House which holds events and shows on a weekly basis. The ROHM is one of the iconic structures in Muscat, conforming to traditional Middle Eastern design and architecture but has comfortable modern interiors. Events include theatre shows, orchestras and dancing classes.
3. Wahiba Sands
Fancy an escape out with the main tourist areas in Oman? Visits to the deserts are part of the culture in Middle Eastern countries and a popular one to visit is the Wahiba Sands. The sand dunes of Wahiba Sands stretch from North to South over 180km. As in all deserts, spending the night in such an isolated environment is a bliss, with a fantastic unpolluted view of the stars. Discover its beauty with organised tours to view the amazing Middle Eastern sunset and sunrise.
4. Jebel Shams
For adventure seekers, Jebel Shams is the place to be. Jebel Shams is a popular tourist sightseeing location, a mountain located in North Eastern Oman. It is the highest mountain in the country, offering fantastic views similar to the Grand Canyon. If you are wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, take a relaxing hike at Jebel Shams and enjoy the beautiful, raw nature of Oman – you definitely won’t regret it.
5. Bahla Fort
One of four historic fortresses, Bahla Fort is situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands in Oman and is the only UNESCO-listed fort in the country. The mud-walled oasis in the Omani desert was the settlement of the Banu Nebhan tribe and some of the oldest parts date back to 500BC. The fort compound visit can take multiple hours, as it includes many towers mosques and wells. Being only a two-hour car drive from Muscat, the fort is an essential visit to truly appreciate the rich and diverse history of the Omani people. It is opened on a daily basis and is a popular tourist attraction.
6. Experience Championship Golf
If you don’t want to get caught up in the sightseeing, spend a day off unwinding with a game of golf. Golf is attracting visitors from around the globe, with the first grass 18-hole course being opened in 2009 at the Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club. There are now five championship courses across Oman, with a favourite being Almouj in Muscat. The Almouj is the first to host a PGA European Tour event, attracting the world’s top golfers to the Sultanate.
There we have it, our top 6 must-do activities for Oman. For more facts on Oman and some important must-knows before making a move to the country, read our articles on “Things you should know before moving to Oman” and “Kingpin’s Guide to Living and Working in Oman”.
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