Oman Travel

Where to Eat Lunch During Ramadan in Muscat & Salalah

In the Islamic month of Ramadan (link in bolded text to Ramadan blog) daylight abstinence from food and drink is strictly observed in Muslim-majority countries. During this time, non-Muslim expats in Oman or visiting tourists might find it a challenge to locate options for daytime meals. The following is a list of reliable locations we’ve discovered while hosting a few of our guests in Muscat and Salalah. Just remember that if you choose partake, please do so respectfully, and out …

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Tips for a Single Woman Traveling to Oman

It takes courage and a sense of adventure to strike out alone as a woman and travel to new places. There will certainly be many people who do not understand this desire and will share their concerns for your safety. Perhaps you will start to wonder if you are making a wise decision in traveling alone after all, or if it would be better to simply stay home. In his book The Art of Travel, author Alain de Botton says, …

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Visiting Oman During Ramadan

What Is Ramadan? Ramadan is considered the most holy month by Muslims worldwide. It takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This calendar follows the lunar system, so the dates of Ramadan vary each year, usually moving back a week or so each year on the western calendar. In order to observe Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunup until sundown. During daylight hours, they do not eat or drink anything. This is a very special, spiritual time for …

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10 Arabic Phrases for Traveling to Oman

Omanis are warm, friendly people who take great pride in their country and their heritage. They enjoy welcoming visitors—introducing them to the beautiful corner of the world Omanis call home. Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” So, while many Omanis speak and understand at least a little English, they will be thrilled with your …

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Wadi Tiwi – The River Valley

The landscape of Oman is defined by empty river beds, known as wadis, forming an intricate network of geographic lace across the country. Some of these river beds, however, are not empty, and all of them are worth exploring. Two of the more famous valleys near the northern Capitol of Muscat are Wadi Tiwi. and Wadi Ash-Shab. Both wadis offer amazing hiking and beautiful scenery, though be aware that if you choose to explore Wadi Ash-Shab you’ll have around a …

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Hawiyat Najm – The Dabab Sinkhole

Just 113km away from Muscat, this legendary sinkhole can be found a short distance off of the main road. Although there are various stories behind the formation of the Hawiyat Najm, the locals have a legend that a meteor fell here which has given this sinkhole the name “Hawiyat Najm, meaning “The Falling Star”. Though a fascinating origin story, expert geologists have concluded that the crater was in fact formed as a natural consequence of the limestone dissolving, which resulted …

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Adventure Tourism in Oman: Are you ready?

Are you ready to have an adventure? Whether you want to travel across the globe or you just want to get away from the crowded, high-rise lifestyle of Dubai, Oman is ready to host your next adventure! Let us show you some of the places where boredom comes to die: 1. Majlis Al Jinn Cave The Majlis Al Jinn, which means the meeting place of the Jinn, is the second largest known cave chamber in the world. The cave is …

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