We are generally fans of getting out there and trying to experience as much of the local environment as possible. When I first discovered that I would be traveling to Dubai, UAE for work, I hit on the idea of also going to Muscat, Oman. My graduate school hosted many Omani exchange students. I have
The small nation of Oman sits at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula between Yemen and the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Oman is located along the very important spice trade routes to Asia, so it has had strategic importance for centuries. Beginning in the 1500s the coast was colonized by the Portuguese, who built magnificent fortifications that stand to this day. Since the earliest days, the Omanis have always been focused on the sea.
Visiting Oman is a unique and intriguing experience. The country is devoutly Muslim and has one of the largest mosques in the world. Yet, Omanis are a relaxed and friendly people. The Portuguese forts still stand guard at the entrance to harbors. And the fish markets do a bustling business. There are small mountains, sheer sea cliffs, and in the desert you can find an oasis to beat the heat. Oman is an unusual place to visit, but a place we absolutely loved.
Oman is an enigma for many westerners. Largely isolated until 1970, the country has a moderate, relaxed atmosphere. It has incredible scuba diving and broad, sandy beaches. Here are our favorite things to do in Muscat.