Have You Considered Oman Travel

Few trips offer the exotic excitment of Oman holidays. This land on the southeastern-most tip of the Arabian peninsula was formerly one of the obscurest and least developed of all the world’s countries, indeed if you’d said ‘Oman travel’ to someone even a few years back, they’d probably never even have heard of the place! (By the way, no-one quite knows where the name comes from – various theories have been put forward but we won’t go into them here.) Luxury Oman family holidays really only became possible post-1970, when Sutan Qabus bin Said became the country’s ruler and started to develop the national economy while opening Oman up to tourists.

Have You Considered Oman Travel

Have You Considered Oman Travel

Any Oman travel guide naturally begins with a description of the the national capital, Muscat. It a place of of royal palaces surrounded by walls. Al- Jalali and al- Mirani forts, constructed in 1580 as prisons in a strategic point in the rocky crags, have been turned into museums. It can be hard for tourists to enter, but after they have done so, they will see interiors of stunning beauty: wooden doors carved in the style of the sixteenth century; rug weaving, ceramics, metal work, and other extraordinary delights; not to mention a spiral staircase in al- Mirani (though additionally there is a fully working elevator within the building too). If not allowed inside, one can still take photographs from the outside. Then there is Bait az- Zubair Museum, which people have only been able to visit since 1998. It is comparatively new: Its principal building, the Bait al- Bagh (House of the Garden), was created in 1914 by a sheik who advised the Sultan. The sultanate’s special elite would meet here; and the museum now has weapons, jewelery, clothing, and other things. A garden on the first floor has stone houses and a palm frond hut.

Leaving Muscat, we come across more forts, many of which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include Bahla, which dates back to the 1200s. There is more to Oman than simply forts, though. The desert surroundings, such as the sand dunes at Wahiba Sands, are a sight for any tourist. Equally Masirah Island is famous for its extraordinary creatures, such as the huge loggerhead turtles; here you can go camping, or spend the night in a hotel instead. Oman travel and Oman holidays are safe despite the current politicial situation in this part of the world. No conflict has been heard of in Muscat, making luxury Oman family holidays fully safe.

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