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Experiencing Oman – a photo diary

Oman, a holiday destination? Would you rather travel to Dubai or Abu Dhabi if you are looking for a few days off in the Middle East? A mix of luxury, opulence, adventure and nature, Oman is slowly moving up the ladder on the places to visit list for many European travelers. These pictures below speak a thousand words. Once seen, you can decide for yourself what kind of destination you would like to call Oman.

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Tucked away between the rugged Al Hajar mountain range and the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel is a hidden jewel amongst luxury hotels in Muscat. This is the majestic 38-metre-high domed atrium lobby.

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A relaxed feel, the pristine stretch of private beach is just perfect.

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Muscat is a great weekend destination, where you can enjoy a leisure yacht experience , explore the marine life and enjoy some water sports.

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Oman essay blog 7One of the many Tuna Fish boats we found while heading out for some Dolphin watching.

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The Mosque is built on a site occupying 416,000 square metres and the complex extends to cover an area of 40,000 square metres.

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Oman essay blog 13One of the many camp sights at the desert. This is the Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp. Enjoy sand dune bashing, followed by a BBQ under the stars.

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Thousands of sea turtles migrate annually from the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and Somalia to lay their eggs on the Sultanate’s shores. Oman has five of the seven species of sea turtles. At night, these turtles carrying their heavy shells on their backs, drag themselves out of the water to the beach, and strenuously and with great difficulty, dig a hole in the sand using the tips of their paws so as to bury their eggs and then return to the sea. After about 55 days, the eggs hatch and baby turtles come out to start the most dangerous journey of their lives, Indulge in some night Turtle watching at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve. The reserve also has living accommodations for guests.

Oman essay blog 17The Wadi Shab is arguably one of the most gorgeous destinations in Oman. Beyond the breathtaking entrance, the wadi rewards you with views of aquamarine pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations; kingfishers add glorious splashes of colour. For the adventurous, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming and a visit to a partially submerged cave.

Oman essay blog 18The magnificent rock formations that you will see along the way of your trek at the wadi shab. This area was submerged under water millions of years ago. Now it has become a tourist destination where people can dive and swim in these oasis like water holes.

Oman essay blog 19An expansive symbol of prosperity, the network of roads in Oman boast wealth and progress. The flawless multi-lane freeway connecting the Omani cities of Muscat and Sur is enclosed by mountains, and to its west, the coast. The picturesque scenery provides reprieve from the tunnel vision induced by the recurring features of the road.

Oman essay blog 20Oman’s coastline stretches for a distance of 3,165 kilometres, including beaches overlooking the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz in the North. The nature of this coastal strip varies from tourist-friendly sandy beaches where summer holiday-makers hang out, and the rocky coasts, bays, islands and lagoons with their diverse geographical make-up, making them ideal for fishing and marine excursions.

Oman essay blog 22The location of the Wadi Shab Resort offers the serenity of mountains, the sparkle of the sand and the surf of the sea.

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So, what do you think?

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