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Tourist Attractions in Oman

The most interesting and beautiful tourist sites in Oman

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About Oman

Oman compares favourably with the rest of the Gulf countries. Unlike the “”sterile”” UAE and closed Saudi Arabia, Oman has preserved its identity and managed to provide a high standard of living without turning into a stone jungle or a completely theological state.

Oman has an intense and rich history, so the traveller is welcomed by active excursion routes to the places where the Queen of Sheba ruled and Sinbad the Sailor set sail on his fabulous voyage. Oman is ruled by a real sultan who pays much attention to ecology. There are many national parks in the country, where there are rare animals: Arabian tahr, ash falcon, giant sea turtle, leopard, striped hyena. Oman is also a true paradise for divers, not inferior in the beauty of the underwater world to Egyptian resorts.

Oman offers its guests impeccable service of comfortable hotels, picturesque and well-maintained urban space, well-maintained beaches and interesting excursions to historical places.

Top-10 Tourist Attractions in Oman

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

10634 reviews
It is considered a masterpiece of modern architecture in Oman. The temple was built at the own expense of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who decided in 1993 that his country needed its own Grand Mosque. Construction was completed in 2001. The building can accommodate 6,500 worshippers, while the outside prayer area can accommodate 8,000 people.
Open time
Monday: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Wednesday: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Thursday: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Bahla Fort

2878 reviews
A 13th century medieval citadel in the city of Bahla (former capital of Oman). The fortress is believed to have been the seat of the then ruling Nabhani dynasty. Bahla was part of the defence line at the foot of the Jebel Akhdar mountains. In the 80s of XX century the Omani government allocated more than 9 million dollars for restoration, but the restoration work can not be completed until now.
Open time
Monday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Mutrah Corniche

27 reviews
A very picturesque street on the shore of the Gulf of Oman in the capital of the country. The embankment is decorated with fountains, openwork pavilions and sculptures. Al-Alam Palace, built more than 200 years ago, is located here. In the evening, the lights are switched on and tourists and locals pour onto the Corniche to enjoy an evening stroll.

Royal Opera House Muscat

7460 reviews
A very unusual building. From the outside, it looks like a palace, a royal family residence or a luxurious administrative building in the Arab architectural tradition. But this is a place where classical music by world composers is played. The opera house is surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens, and there is a gourmet restaurant on the premises.

Al Jalali Fort

177 reviews
This is the old harbour part of Muscat city. The forts were built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. For 60 years, they were their main base and deployment site. After the expulsion of the Portuguese invaders, the Omanis rebuilt some of the structures and still use them for military purposes. Therefore, most of the area is off-limits to tourists.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Al Alam Palace

4903 reviews
The Royal Palace, residence of the ruler Qubas bin Said. It is used to receive honourable delegations and heads of state, so free access to the palace is prohibited. However, you can admire it from the Corniche promenade during an evening stroll. Al-Alam is almost 200 years old and was built during the time of Sultan ibn Ahmed.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

Rustaq Fort

1221 reviews
A small ancient fort surrounded by high mountains and tropical vegetation. Rustak looks like a welcome oasis among the desert mountains, and there are many historical sights inside the town. In the XVII century the capital of the state was located here for some time. Rustaq Fortress, located on a rocky spur, towers above the town and attracts admiring glances of tourists.
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Al-Hoota Cave | كهف الهوته

2934 reviews
It is located near the town of Nizva. The cave is almost 2 million years old. There are organised guided tours with a guide who will tell you about the origins, rocks and secret entrances to the cave. There are several underground lakes in Al Huta, which are home to quite rare species of blind fish. A small geological museum is open at the cave.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wahiba Sands

641 reviews
A vast expanse of sand dunes stretching nearly 190 kilometres south of Muscat. The dunes are constantly changing colour from rich amber to pale orange and shifting. On the edge of the desert is the large oasis of Al Huwaya, where date and banana groves grow. They are watched over by several local Bedouin families.

Mutrah Souq

22129 reviews
A traditional Arabian colourful oriental bazaar with a classic ambience: narrow streets, vendors’ stalls where you can buy anything, endless labyrinths and intertwining passages filled with people. Matrah is considered the oldest Omani market, where you can buy aromatic Omani coffee, antiques, sandalwood items and jewellery.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:00 – 10:00 PM