An incredible cultural adventure awaits those who venture to Oman which is steeped in tradition and history. These are some of the top things to see and do when here.
To get an idea of the nation’s history, there are many historical attractions in Oman worth visiting; these include the ancient Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 13th century Sohar Fort close to Al Wadi Hotel. The Nizwa Fort, Bilad Sur Castle and Sumhuram Archaeological Park are some of the other highlights.
Souks are lively bazaars which can be found within easy reach of some of the best hotels in Oman; they offer all manner of items be it clothing, frankincense, antiques or gold. Popular sites include the historical Mutrah Souq as well as the Sohar Handicrafts Souk, Bahla Souk and Nizwa Souk.
Islam is intrinsically linked with the local culture which makes mosques ideal attractions to visit too. One of the best things to do in Oman is to head to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which is a stunning modern marvel. Also known for their striking architecture are the Al Khor, Said Bin Taimur and Mohammed Al Ameen mosques.
The cuisine of Oman is part of the culture too and no visit would be complete without trying it out! Amongst the top picks for foodies would be Meshkak (meats on kebabs), Shuwa (slow-cooked grilled meat dish), Mashuai (roasted kingfish dish), Harees (a wheat-based dish with meat) and Kahwa (coffee with cardamom).