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Best Things to do in Oman – Land of Many Thrills

Oman is definitely an exotic land of much splendour; look forward to camel rides across the desert, exploring fragrant souks and being awe struck by the sheer grandeur of the nation's finest mosques.

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Explore the Grand Mosque

Explore the Grand Mosque

Be prepared to be awe struck by the sheer magnificence of the Grand Mosque. The architecture is truly stunning while the whole place is inlaid with Italian marble. There is a 21 tonne hand woven rug that dominates the mosque while the huge Swarovski crystal chandelier is big enough for eight people to walk inside – although this does not include the common tourist. Remember to be prepared before visiting the mosque by dressing modestly. Men should wear long sleeved shirts and pants while women must be covered from the collar bone to the ankles and wear a head scarf.

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Explore Muttrah Souk

Explore Muttrah Souk

Located along the corniche on the seafront the Muttrah Souk is the Omani capitals most popular traditional market. The market is a virtual treasure trove and offers the shopaholic a world of exotic goodies to buy. Muttrah is well known for its collection of quality Arabian products such as traditional rugs, silver ware, incense, pashminas, spices and various artefacts. Remember that haggling is an expected norm at these markets and just as the store owners urge you to explore their stores they expect you to bargain for the goods and it is not always the expected price that is quoted at first. Enhance your experience by booking accommodation at Oman luxury resorts that are well known for their extravagance and kingly comforts. In fact Oman is home to the Middle East's highest located five star resort the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort which sits at an altitude of 2000 metres on the Saiq Plateau of Oman's famous Green Mountain.

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Experience a Desert Crossing

Experience a Desert Crossing

Before you take on this thrilling endeavour book yourself an excellent guide, mark your trail and keep your Oman resort informed of your intentions, travel plans and estimated return time. Never take unwarranted risks in the desert. Once safety precautions are taken care concentrate on the unimaginable thrill of trekking across constantly shifting sand dunes; following a desert path and coming across a typical Bedouin village. Camp under the stars and experience the magic of the desert at night, as you take on the Wahiba Desert either on camel back or foot.

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Visit Nizwa

Visit Nizwa

Oman is home to 500 forts but the oldest and the biggest within the Arabian Peninsula is Nizwa Fort. The fort has been fully restored to its foreboding splendour and is complete with the murderous holes through which the enemy was doused with hot date juice or oil. Nizwa Souk promises a dose of culture and is best visited on a Thursday or Friday. The livestock market will prove to be quite fascinating where you can observe how goats, camels and cattle are auctioned off. Apart from this observance you can browse the market stalls selling frankincense, incense burners, sandalwood, vibrant pottery and furniture.

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Explore Wadi Bani Awf

Explore Wadi Bani Awf

A Wadi is a dry gorge that during rainy season can flood; in the dry season though it is a place to enjoy marvellous 4 wheel drive adventures. Wadi Bani is the most popular and offers a rough 2 hour drive across dirt paths, canyons and valleys. Do book your tour with a reputed tour guide for the best experience and safety precautions.