Although unusual for vacation destinations average tourist, Oman strikes the active adventurer looking for a place in contact with the most authentic Middle Eastern.
The first thing you’ll hear is to reach Oman “Ahlan Wa Sahlan” which is how the locals welcome travelers. The multifaceted Oman has much to offer the curious traveler: magnificently breathtaking landscapes, wildlife endearing, finely crafted mosques, and of course, bustling souks, where haggling is a tradition more than a business transaction.
Lasa mountainous coasts of Oman help contribute to the reputation that the country has to flaunt the best views in the Middle East. These costs serve as backdrop for the grand cuevade Simmah and place of nesting green turtles
Oman is one of the few Arab countries that has distinguished itself throughout its history as a major maritime nation. The largest area of the country is along the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, which helped in their day to be the starting point for Arab colonization of parts of the coast of East Africa to Zanzibar, and even further south.
Since the discovery of huge oil deposits, Oman has experienced spectacular economic growth and modernization at breakneck pace, although the country has remained true to their Islamic traditions and more away from the pleasures of Western life, unlike its neighbors in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Even being conservative enough, Omani society has created a people open to outside influences. We have to note that in 1970, when the current government took Sultan in a peaceful coup, Oman had just emerged from a way of life almost medieval, so only 40 years later, it has managed to conquer social rights even greater than in more advanced economies and more modern tradition in the region, since in Oman women can drive, be elected or appointed to public and private companies have.
Muscat, the capital and financial center
Muscat means “anchorage” as the site allowed a close surveillance of boats moored in the harbor of the old town, as well as being surrounded by jagged mountains that served the dual function of protecting the storms and monitor the distance of possible pirate attacks. The seventeenth-century fortifications in the old port are the heart of the city today.
In the old center, visitors can see the “dhows” wood (traditional Arab sailing vessel) to even walk along the coast as a tourist attraction and not because they make a trade. The center also offers many Bedouin souks specialize in jewelry, places to drink mint tea or buy gold at attractive prices.
About 200 km south of the city of Muscat, we find one of the country’s most enigmatic natural. This is the cenote (cave produced by the collapse of a surface) of Simmah. This place, despite being very close to the coast, is submerged in water slightly salty.
Anyone can get to the bottom of the cave, and you may even venture to dive to look underwater rock formations, but there is no type of lifeguards or rescue personnel in the area, so any activity outside to take photos and jump into the water to swim is at the risk of those who practice it.