Showing posts with label Musandam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Musandam. Show all posts

Thursday, 21 May 2015

36 Absolutely Stunning Pieces Of Oman

Natural beauty, fascinating traditions and heartfelt hospitality make Oman a country you really should get to know better. From luxurious 5-star beach resorts to sleeping under the stars in the desert, Oman’s diverse landscapes will take your breath away.

Royal Opera House Muscat  

Royal Opera House, Muscat (iwillbehomesoon/500px)
Nakhal Fort

Nakhal Fort (beautyeye/flickr)


Ash Sharqiyah (pierrehaut/flickr)

Nizwa Fort

Jalali Fort


Musandam (panoramas/flickr)


Al Alam Palace

Flickr: Tristan Schmurr / Via: Flickr

Real adventure

Bandar Khayran


Salalah (saf eins/flickr)


Flickr: Bilal Sarwar / Via: Flickr

Diverse marine life 

Wadi Darbat, Salalah

Wadi Darbat, Salalah (wajahatmahmood/flickr)

Birds in Dhofar

Muttrah Souq

Wadi Bani 

Wadi Bani Khalid (andries3/flickr)

Amazing wildlife

Mountain camps

Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve 

Unspoilt beaches

Musandam beaches, Oman - Like us:

Land mammals in Dhofar

 Land Rover Our Planet
Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr

Unique golf scene

Almouj Golf, The Wave, Oman

Water Spring

Ash Shuwaymiyyah

Desert experiences

Unspoilt water


Luxury hotels

Mountains in Dhofar

Pottery incense burner

Mirani Fort

Mugsayl Beach

Omani honey

Hand thrown pottery

Non-stop daily flight from Heathrow to Muscat with Oman Air; daily flights with Etihad from London, Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester

Still don't know where to go for your next holiday? If you need more reasons to visit Oman please see 101 Things to See and Do in Oman. 

Please, take a moment to leave your comments or thoughts below!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

What No One Tells You About Musandam

An Introduction to the Musandam Governorate

The Musandam Peninsula is the smallest and most northerly region of Oman, covering an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometres. It is separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates and its rocky headland just out into the Strait of Hormuz, giving it strategic domination over one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The population of the Peninsula is approximately 30,000 with the greatest concentration of people living in Khasab, the capital.

The magnificent Hajar mountain range dominates the Musandam landscape, extending about 640 kilometres from Ras al Hadd in the south to Khasab, ending with the Ru'us al Jabal ("Heads of Mountains") plunging dramatically and dizzily into the sea.

Musandam's highest mountain is Jabal Harim, at 2,087 metres. The entire interior of the region is mountainous, with one graded track stretching from Daba to Khasab that snakes through narrow gorges, up hairpin bends and down into wadi beds.

Icons in Khasab - The Main Town

Khasab Castle
This picturesque castle on the inner cove of Khasab Bay overlooks the harbour and represent Khasab's eastern line of defence. Contained within its low, crenellated walls is a massive central tower that pre-dates the castle itself and preceded the arrival of Portuguese in the 16th century.

The Souq 
At the back of the castle to the east, in the Harat al Khamzari district, are the plantations and seasonal homes of the Kumzari tribe. Further east is the souq, with bustling shops selling most of the usual items found elsewhere in Oman, as well as imported Irani goods, locally made pottery and the unique Musandam axe, or jirz.

The Harbour
Traditional boat-builders can be seen at work in small shipyards adjacent to the harbour, where they engage in the constructions of fishing vessels and undertake repairs for a dwindling fleet of traditional battils. From time to time a battil can still be glimpsed in the harbour, its long, graceful bow wrapped in goatskin adorned with rows of cowrie shells and its high, elegant stern decorated with colourful ribbons.

Musandam is one of the most beautiful and untouched areas of the world. It is quiet, peaceful and serene. What would you like to see in Musandam?

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

The First Ever Classic Car Grand Tour Of Oman

A unique invitation to Arabia's best kept secret. An exciting addition to the international calendar for long - distances luxury rallies.

With a network of superb roads and premium facilities, this rally will unite luxury classes of period cars with premium lifestyle experiences. If you love to explore new places, be inspired by culture, history and nature - or you just love driving - then this tour is for you.

Do you want to experience the lifestyle of royalty? Why should you join us? In this article we will show you six reasons to join us and awaken your senses to all that Arabia offers.

Architectural Heritage 

Culture and Heritage

Natural History

Scenery and Landscapes

Spectacular Driving

This is going to be an historic long-distance classic car rally for the region. After much preparation and planning the registration for owners of regional and international pre-seventies classic cars who would like to join us is already open. 

To enter please complete the no obligation form here:

*Registration / Expression of Interest form.

Which spot are you dreaming about in Oman? Would you join us in this incredible event?

Please, take a moment to leave your comment below! 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

6 Of The Best Wildlife - Watching Hotspots In Oman

Have you hiked along a shady wadi or camped out among our dunes? Have you discovered our secret beaches and islands?

Pack your swimwear, boots and binoculars, and prepare to be amazed.

You have heard of our cities, mosques and souqs but did you know Oman's nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries totalling almost 30,000 km2? The sheer diversity of our landscapes will astonish and inspire you.

In this article we will show you 6 of the best wildlife - watching hotspots in Oman.

1. Best for dolphin: Khasab.

Take a dhow cruise through the ruggedly scenic, fjord-like khors of northern Musandam, where humpback dolphins are commonly seen at play.

Flickr: Tom Olliver (via: Flickr)

2. Best for turtles: Ras al Jinz.

Visit Sharqiya's turtle reserve on a summer's night, and watch in amazement as female turtles haul themselves up the sands to dig their nests.

3. Best for whales: Mirbat.

This picturesque southern town has a small fort looking out to sea. If you are on a sailing trip, you may see humpback whales in the waters nearby.

4. Best for tropical fish: Damaniyat Islands.

Dive The Aquarium, as the islands' best scuba site is known, to see flitting fish, dazzling nudibranchs and delicate seahorses.

5. Best for birds: Masirah Island.

Well over 300 species including kingfishers, plovers, terns and flamingos have been counted on Masirah's wetlands and mudflats.

6. Best for desert mammals: Wusta.

This arid region is home to endangered Arabian oryx, a striking - looking gazelle, plus Nubian ibex, desert foxes, sand cats and caracals.

Our natural heritage is extraordinarily precious. If you love nature, our landscapes will beckon you on at every turn. 

Which spot would you choose? What would it be your best advice for a wildlife - watcher?

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