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Top Things to Do in Nizwa Oman – The Intriguing Attractions of Nizwa Oman

Oman is one of the most interesting countries in the Middle East, and the city of Nizwa is where the culture of Oman truly shines. It is also an ideal place to experience the country's heritage.

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Jebel Akhdar

This mountain range is one of the most beautiful areas in Oman, and attracts countless visitors to witness the breathtaking scenery contained within. There's even an Oman resort situated here by the name of Alila Jabal Akhdar. The higher sections of the mountain range receive considerable rainfall which enables agriculture to take place. Pomegrenates, apricots, peaches and black grapes are popular produce of the farms in and around Jebel Akhdar. In addition to the stunning mountain scenery, there are some fascinating abandoned villages and works of ancient architecture to explore.

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Nizwa Souq

One of the best places to explore Nizwa's captivating culture is the city's iconic souq, which refers to a traditional open marketplace. Within this rustic emporium you will find works of pottery, jewellery and various handicrafts. The Nizwa Souq is most popular for its sale of fresh meats and vegetables and as an auction for various livestock. The latter concept is in full swing between 7am and 9am on Friday and it is definitely an experience to remember.

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Al Mandi al Dahabi

If you'd like to try out some Middle-Eastern food, this is one of the most popular places to do so. The sign above the restaurant claims it specialises in Omani and Zanzibari foods but in actuality this eatery serves generic Middle-Eastern food while offering a range of international choices including burgers as well as pizza. Due to the wide range of food available and the restaurant's affordability, it is a very popular locale for western expats as well as tourists.

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Nizwa Fort

This is the most popular and frequently visited national monument in all of Oman and is centuries old. Although the fort was built during the mid-1600s the initial structure it was built on had existed ever since the 12th century. To the people of Oman, and especially Nizwa, the fort is a testament to the perseverance of the nation since it was a helped the city repel multiple invasions and military oppositions. Raiding forces had no chance of reaching the abundant resources of Nizwa thanks to its defensive capabilities. The fort has also been designed in the way of traditional Omani architecture and is as striking as it is historical.

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Bin Ateeq Restaurant

To journey into the realm of Omani cuisine, this is a great place to visit. It belongs to a humble local restaurant chain and is known for delicious local cuisine and affordable prices. The restaurant has special dining options available where groups can sit with their legs crossed on traditional Omani floor-cushions with the food laid out in front of them. The restaurant is also reputed for its range of options since they are spread across three entire menus. It's always good to conclude an adventurous day of traversing across the dynamic expanse of Nizwa with some delicious and comforting local cuisine.

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