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Be it due to some official business trip or a study trip, you can always find your own thing to do in Oman. Oman is a place you’ll never run out of things to do in. With a bunch of helpful and kind people, you can be assured about Oman being one of the safest in the world. Places to visit in Oman is something you will never stop seeing!

Overview:

Ø  Taking a dip in Bimmah Sinkhole

Ø  Discovering Al Hamra ruins

Ø  Discovering Jebel Shams

Ø  Shopping at Mutrah Souq in Muscat

Ø  Visiting heritage sites

1. Taking a dip in Bimmah Sinkhole:

Getting yourself soaked in water during a sunny day is a dream every one of you might have always had! This is about to be true especially since Bimmah Sinkhole which is located near the main road to Wadi Shab is the next place you want to take a dip in. This sinkhole has a story behind it with the locals telling that this naturally large Bummah The sinkhole was created due to the meteor hitting the land. Sounds fascinating? Well, it’s about time that you go and find out about it. 

2. Discovering Al Hamra ruins:

Al Hamra ruins are definitely one that you’ll not find any of the tourist guides or any other people speaking of! It is surely a true hidden gem as it is one of the eldest towns here in Oman. These ruins are estimated to be about 700 to 1000 years old. A lot of people still have doubts as to how these ruins were abandoned. The people living there simply left to more advanced housing and which is why this place was left abandoned forever. This is a place you’d want to check out if you’re a true fan of self-touring around the city. You’ll get a lot to discover in this place.

3. Discovering Jebel Shams:

Discovering Jebel Shams which is the Grand Canyon of the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most adventurous things you could find at Oman. This place is one of the Oman attractions due to which a lot of tourists have been flooding in. If you wish to take some photographs, it’d be best to go during sunrise or sunset as it is the best time to get the perfect lighting. You should also be careful while dressing to explore Jebel Shams as you’d want to wear lighter clothes which will help you climb up the mountains easily. Also, make sure you do not carry a lot of stuff in the bag.

4. Shopping at Mutrah Souq in Muscat:

Who wouldn’t want to go shopping once in a foreign region? Mutrah Souq is one of the longest and oldest souqs here in Oman. This is exactly why it should be on your exploring list. You can also go to Muscat sightseeing while having your shopping done at the souq. Being jet-lagged will not give much experience if you go right away. So make sure you go well prepared as it can get crowded at times. Make sure you carry cash while visiting the souq as the vendors might not be familiar with cards.

5. Visiting heritage site:

One of the best things to do in Muscat is definitely to check out the world heritage sites. These sites have been recognized by the UNESCO. These sites include Al Ayn, burial grounds of Ay Ayn, Bat, and Aflaj irrigation systems. The beauty you’re going to see here is indescribable.  It is also a wonder as to have these have remained intact as the time has passed.

With these 5 things to do you don't have to worry about the time going to waste while visiting Oman.

FAQs:

1. Is visa on arrival still valid in Oman?

Oman did have this option before but it has now been decided that the visas are given through online portals

2. How far is Jebel Shams from Muscat?

If you go by car, you can reach Jebel Shams in about 3 hours and 32 minutes from Muscat.

3. Which sect of Muslims is more common in Oman?

Oman mostly consists of the Ibadi sect, however; there are other sects such as Sunni and Shia Muslims.

4. How much percent of the land in Oman is desert?

About 82 percent of the land in Oman is desert and valley

5. Is smoking allowed in Oman?

Oman had officially banned smoking since 2001 in government schools.

 

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