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Best Things to Do in Oman - Top Activities to Enjoy during an Omani Holiday

Tipped to be one of the Middle East's most dynamic vacation hotspots, Oman welcomes visitors from around the world. From exploring the country's stunning beaches to touring iconic cultural attractions and natural wonders, here are the best things to do during a getaway in Oman.

1

Marvel at the Majesty of Wadi Shab

Ideally situated a mere 1.5 hours away from Oman's capital city Muscat, Wadi Shab is a spectacular gorge that can be reached by a 45-minute hike. Surrounded by emerald hue pools of water, travellers can trek up the pools and enjoy a swim to cool off. One can also swim through one of the area's caves, which also leads to views of a nearby waterfall.

2

Hit the Wahiba Sands

No trip to the country would be complete without spending a few hours camping out in the Oman Desert. Tourists need not rough it as the Wahiba Sands desert is home to several camping and glamping sites where they can experience the desert atmosphere without risking a heat stroke. This area, which is widely known as the Empty Quarter, not only belongs to Oman but neighbouring nations including Yemen and the UAE. Dune bashing and 4×4 rides can also be integrated into a tour of the Wahiba Sands as long as visitors enlist a local tour operator that offers a comprehensive activity package.

3

Tour the Sultan Qaboos Mosque

Having opened its doors to the public in 2001, the Sultan Qaboos Mosque has become a religious epicentre and a cultural landmark of mammoth proportions in just two decades. Ranked among the country's most sacred spiritual hubs, the captivating architectural details of the structure are one of the reasons to tour this iconic edifice in Muscat. Don't forget to don long-sleeved modest clothing as travellers will not be granted access if they are improperly attired. The mosque is accessible to those outside the Islamic faith on all days except Fridays from 8 am to 11 am.

4

Go Back in Time at Nizwa Fort

Considered the most visually arresting fortress and castle in Oman, the Nizwa Fort is a cultural highlight of truly massive proportions. Ideal for spending an hour and two wandering among the ramparts, the highly sophisticated defence systems in place at the fort are still impressive. A photography enthusiast's dream come true, tourists should also grab a drink or a cup of coffee from the cafe located inside the fortress.

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Drive around the Jabal Akhdar Mountains

Those based at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort or any other Oman business hotel nearby should not miss the chance to drive up the Jabal Akhdar Mountains.
Luxury hotels and resorts such as Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas offer a great chance to drive up the Jabal Akhdar Mountains.
This verdant remote mountain range is one of the most spectacular activity hubs for nature lovers and is perfect for a 4×4 drive in hilly terrain. Rock climbers and hikers will also find that the conditions are ideal for their favourite pastimes in this particular area of Oman, provided that the weather is fine. Summertime is the most suitable period to engage in both activities as the temperatures tend to dip below zero during the winter months.