Showing posts with label Dhofar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dhofar. Show all posts

Friday, 11 September 2015

Where to Find Some of the Most Beautiful Mountains in Oman?


Mountains constitute a large percentage of the environment in Oman. The flora and fauna living in these mountains vary. The Al Hajar Mountains are in the north of Oman and extend from Musandam Peninsula in the north to Ras Al Hadd in the Al Sharqiyah South Governorate. Wadi Samail divides it into two parts: east and west. Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain) summit is the highest point in the Al Hajar Mountains, rising to an altitude of 3,009 meters above sea level.

In the south, the mountains of Dhofar region extend from east to west off Al Hillaniyat Islands. Samhan Mountain, which includes the Arabian Leopard Reserve in the east and Jabal Al Qamar (Moon Mountain) in the west, is the most prominent mountain range in the region, rising to an altitude of 2,500 metres.

Natif - Hasik (Water Mountain): 
Natef is the site of a spring located in Wilayt Sadah in Dhofar Governorate. The location of this spring is an extension of Samhan mountaintops, in particular the Natif region. Natif means distillation of water. This site is characterised by constantly dripping water from the sediments and pools present on the mountaintop. In this article, we'll show you where to find some of the most beautiful mountains in Oman: 

Samhan Mountain:

Samhan Mountain is one of the most important mountain ranges in the Governorate of Dhofar, with a maximum height of 2,100 metres. Samhan Mountain includes many plateaux punctuated by narrow and deep gorges, some of which are about 1,000 metres deep.

Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain):

This rises to a height of 2,980 metres and is famous for its wide plateau close to the summit. The journey from Muscat to Al Jabal Al Akhdar takes about two hours and can only be undertaken by four-wheel drive.

Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain):

This is the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula, rising to an altitude of 3,004 metres above sea level, and has a number of versants (slopes) and summits. Every time a tourist reaches a versant, they will find that it leads to another, until they reach the top.

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Written by: Oman Tourism UK. Official Account for the Oman Ministry of Tourism MBR in The UK & Ireland. Want to be part of our community? Connect with us!


Friday, 4 September 2015

Top 7 Most Beautiful Water Springs In The Sultanate


Wondering where to find water springs in Oman? Did you know that most of the them have water all year round?

The importance of natural water springs varies according to the quality of their water, ranging from warm and cold water, fresh drinking water, saline and alkaline water, mixed with valley water which is suitable for agriculture. There is another kind of spring that contains varying proportions of mineral salts, making them ideal for curative and relaxation purpose.

Springs of different kinds are widespread in various parts of the Sultanate. Most of these springs stem from the mountainous areas and vary in their abundance of water, temperature and quality ... including:

Dhofar is famous for the presence of more than 360 springs distributed on the mountain tops and the edges of mountains adjacent to the coastal plain while a small number of springs are present in An Najd area. Most of these springs have water all year round.

Seasonal rains, known locally as Al Khareef, are the primary source of the underground reservoirs in the mountain and plain areas. Rain falls regularly on the plains and the mountains adjacent to them from the end of June to September every year. Among the best-known springs in Dhofar are:

Arzat Spring: 
One of the most beautiful and abundant springs in the Governorate of Dhofar. Visitors should be sure to visit this natural tourist site in autumn to enjoy the flow of pure water through its rivulets and relax in the vicinity of its gorgeous surroundings. 

Sahalnawt Spring: 
This is one of the springs frequented by many tourists due to its proximity to and ease of accessibility from the city of Salalah.

Hamran Spring: 
Popular with visitors throughout the year, especially on autumn weekends. It is about 14 kilometres to the city of Salalah, and about 7 kilometres from the main road leading to Taqah.

Jarzeez Spring:
One of the most attractive water spring for many tourists because of its proximity to Iteen Plain. From the intersection of Iteen Plain, the distance between Jarzeez Spring and the city of Salalah is about 7 kilometres. What distinguishes this spring is the forest of shady trees that sits at the foot of the surrounding mountains.

Darbat Spring: 
Located in the eastern part of Wilayt Taqah on the main road leading to Mirbat, on a beautiful mountain slope facing the north. Tourists can see the cascading Darbat Falls from the main road when water levels in Darbat Valley rise after heavy rainfall and the spring gushes and froths.
What distinguishes this spring is its beautiful landscape, virgin nature and forests of large cactus and canard trees. 

AlKasfah Spring: 
Located in Wilayt ArRustaq in Al Batinah South Governorate. It is a collection of natural water springs whose temperatures reach up to 45 degrees Celsius. Hot water pours out of it in several streams to irrigate orchards. AlKasfah Spring is famous for its sulphate therapeutic waters.

AthThawarah Spring:
A collection of hot springs that gush forth all year round from Silud Mountain and flow from the valley for a distance of 300 metres before branching out into two tributaries: Falaj “Kabbah” and Falaj “As Sarooj”. Wilayt Nakhal depends on this spring and its tributaries to irrigate its cultivated lands.

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Written by: Oman Tourism UK. Official Account for the Oman Ministry of Tourism MBR in The UK & Ireland. Want to be part of our community? Connect with us!


Thursday, 13 August 2015

10 Of The Most Outstanding Beaches In The Sultanate Of Oman


Are you looking for a good beach destination? Do you want to know where the most beautiful coastlines in the Sultanate are? 

Oman's coastline stretches for a distance of 3,165 kilometres, including beaches overlooking the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz in the North. The nature of this coastal strip varies from tourist-friendly sandy beaches where summer holidaymakers hang out, and the rocky coasts, bays, islands and lagoons with their diverse geographical make-up, making them ideal for fishing and marine excursions. In this article, we will show you 10 of the most outstanding beaches in the Sultanate of Oman: 

Mutrah Corniche:
This is near one of the most important ports in Oman, Port Sultan Qaboos in the heart of the capital Muscat. It overlooks beautiful mountainous rocky formations and is one of the most gorgeous sites in the Governorate of Muscat, ideal for picnics, watching the sea and admiring ancient buildings.

Al Bustan Beach:
Located in the Governorate of Muscat, Al Bustan Beach overlooks the mountains, these mountains lend the beach an unsurpassed sense of privacy.

Al Uzaibah Beach:
Located in the Governorate of Muscat. Several cafes spread out along the beach. Big portions of this beach have been allocated and prepared to receive the public, where seats and shelters have been set up.

Al Qurum Beach:
This beach lies in Al Qurum Area in the heart of Muscat and extends over a large area. Its location is very near to shopping centres and restaurants. Walking enthusiasts can enjoy the boardwalk along the beach and then rest on the numerous chairs and umbrellas that dot the beach.

Dhofar Beaches:
As for lovers of diving and water skiing, they can rest assured that the shores of this Governorate are among the best in the Sultanate. You can easily access these shores through well-paved roads and other services.

Sohar Corniche:
Located in Al Batinah region. Along the route overlooking the coast and passing the Sohar Historical Castle, you'll see restaurants, signboards, umbrellas to lounge under, and every amenity for the visitor. 

As Sawadi Beach:
Located in Al Batinah region. It lies 70 kilometres from the capital Muscat. What distinguishes this beach is the beautiful rock islands scattered close to the coast. These islands lend a touch of the artistic to the location and are an important spot for both migratory and indigenous birds.

Ras Al Hadd Beach:
About 60 kilometres from Sur City, the capital of the Ash Sharqiyah Region. The beach is distinguished by its spectacular bays and rock formations which are havens for large numbers of birds.

Shores of Al Wusta Region:
Al Wusta region is characterised by a series of beaches varying in nature and topography. All its beaches enjoy mild weather that often blow cool breezes accompanied by a light water spray which gives them their distinctive atmosphere.

Duqm Beach:
This beautiful beach is known for its soft and clean sands, its azure waters and cool breezes, and is only 20 kilometres from the centre of Wilayat.

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Written by: Oman Tourism UK. Official Account for the Oman Ministry of Tourism MBR in The UK & Ireland. Want to be part of our community? Connect with us!


Friday, 31 July 2015

19 Hidden Gems In The Desert Just Waiting For You


What are some of the best travel locations in Oman that most people have never heard about? Where are they and how to find them? 

There are an endless choices of activities and places to visit for every type of traveller. Whether seeking to indulge on a gorgeous beach vacation, getting involved in a number of unique adventures or discovering cultural wonders, the treasures of Oman will not disappoint you.

A “Wadi” is a valley or ravine that is dry except during the monsoons, when they fill with water, forming oases of cool water and vegetation. Oman has several. In this article, we will show you 19 hidden gems in the desert just waiting for you:

1 - Wadi Al Khoud: situated in Wilayat AlSeeb, Muscat, is considered one of the largest wadi basins in the Sultanate.

2 - Wadi Al Arbiyeen: one of the most beautiful wadis in Muscat. It is situated 3 kilometres away from Wilayat Qurayat on the road leading to the villages of Fins and Bamah.

3 - Wadi Ad Dayqah: one of the most easy - to - reach tourist attractions located near Muscat, about 90 kilometres from Wadi Aday. Visitors can cross this wadi and explore the Omani mountains and their natural diversity.

4 - Wadi Darbat: located in Dhofar. This wadi carves its way through hills and highlands until it reaches Khawr Ruri, where it empties into the Arabian Gulf. During autumn, the wadi's water descending from the mountains forms magnificent waterfalls, cascading from a height of up to 30 metres.

5 - Wadi Al Abyad ( White Valley ): this wadi is about 30 km (1.85 miles) away from the main Muscat - Sohar road, where it extends west of Wilayat Nakjl, Al Batinah Region. Characterised by its abundant fresh water springs and year - round streams.

6 - Wadi Bani Awf ( Suspended Road ): if you love excitement, adventure, and winding mountain roads, you'll find a challenge in Wadi Bani Awf, Al Batinah region. To traverse this road, you must have a four - wheel drive and the driver must be an expert in mountain driving.

7 - Wadi Bani Kharous: one of the best known Omani wadis. A visitor to Wadi Bani Kharous is attracted by its fascinating flora and fauna and beautiful landscapes. You will be curious to discover unknown sights in its various villages.

8 - Wadi Al Qahfi: located nearly 50 km ( 31 miles ) from Wilayat Mahdah, Al Buraymi Governorate. Water flows most of the year and is distinguished by its fresh quality.

9 - Wadi Damm: located near Al Ayn village, Wilayat Ibri, Ad Dhahirah Region, and is about 45 km ( 28 miles ) from Ibri city. It is a seasonal wadi, dry much of the year. It relies on the rain which gathers in its water ponds. This wadi is remarkable for its characteristic rocky formation sculpted by erosion.

10 - Wadi Danak ( Fida ): this wadi originates in Fida town in Dhank Province, specifically in Al Khili, an area so steep it is considered a water reservoir for Yanqul and Shuab wadis, whose waters cascade down the face of the mountains. Wadi Danak's water runs all year round and is home to a multitude of birds.

11 - Wadi Muayden: is in Birkat Al - Mawz, A'Dakhiliyah Region, and one of the biggest and fullest wadis in Oman year round. It is a gateway to Al Jabal Al Akhdhar ( The Green Mountain ) and is home to Al Muayden village. Trekking fans can reach Al Jabal Al Akhdhar through this wadi. 

12 - Wadi ArRaydha: on the way to this valley the visitor passes many fossils and ruins that speak of civilisations past. The spring rains bring beauty to the landscape, with an enchanting, aromatic mix of wild flowers and herbs. You get glimpses of animals grazing on the lush grass in some seasons.

13 - Wadi AlShab: this wadi is located in Tiwi, part of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah region. It lies 140 kilometres ( 87 miles ) from Muscat on the Qurayat - Sur Coastal Road. Fresh water cascading from tops of the mountains meet the briny sea water on its banks, creating an environmental diversity unique to this wadi.

14 - Wadi Bani Khalid: located 203 kilometres ( 126 miles ) from Muscat. Trake the Bidbid - Sur Road in the Ash Sharqiyah region, which forks into a side road leading to Bani Khalid Governorate and then weaves up across the eastern AlHajar Mountains to Bida village deep in the mountains. There you can enjoy the spectacular views of the fertile valley with its spreading trees and abundant water that tumbles down as waterfalls in some areas to form natural pools of water.

15 - Wadi Tiwi: located in Tiwi, Sur Governorate in the Ash Sharqiyah region, it is 2 km ( 1.24 miles ) from Wadi AlShab and spreads over an area of 36 km ( 22.37 miles ) at the foot of the mountain village of Mibam. You can see the valley below, and the azure waters of the sea from some elevated locations.

16 - Wadi At Ta'iyeen: located in the Ash Sharqiyah Province. It extends over 80 km ( 49.71 miles ) across AlHajar Mountain of Bidbid - Sur Road, 92 km ( 57.17 miles ) from Muscat. It is an expansive valley dotted with rocks acacia trees and small hills overlooked by the mountains on both sides. 

17 - Wadi Dimma: located in the Dimma and at Tayyin Governorate ( The Ash Sharqiyah province ) and is known as the Wadi Al Hajir, location of the natural Al Hajir Park.

18 - Wadi Andam: here you'll find a seamless amalgamation of trees and rocky formations that will steep your senses in total serenity, rejuvenation and relaxation.

19 - Wadi An Nakhr: waterfalls cascading from Jabal Shams ( Sun Mountain ) form this valley. This valley contains a village that bears its name and which can be seen from the top of Jabal Shams.

Wadis form a unique environmental system characterised by variety, diversity, and a wealth of natural attractions. Within this fertile environment, people have lived in the wadis (valleys) of Oman for thousands of years. 

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Visit Salalah This Year

Towards the end of June each year, as the Khareef (monsoon) season begins, the landscape around the southern city of Salalah, is almost magically transformed. The dull browns are replaced by rolling green hills, misty woods and sparkling mountains springs.

1 - Because of its incredible rock formation.
The rocky outcrops on the beach in Mughsayl contain many blow holes that spout dramatically during high tide.

2 - Because there are gorgeous landscapes.
Travel down long winding wadis through dense forest set along rocky slopes and see them suddenly disappear into the mists.

3 - Because you can have so much fun.
The annual Khareef Festival offers the best in entertainment for the whole family.

4 - Because its stunning green colours.
Overnight, the rugged brown hills around Salalah are transformed magically into a lush green landscape.

5 - Because of its mountains.
Green mountains drop to the very edge of the Indian Ocean.

During Khareef season, temperature drop to a comfortable 30 degrees making Salalah a perfect place to escape the summer heat and enjoy the annual Khareef Festival which takes place every July and August. The Salalah Tourism Festival runs from mid June to the end of September.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Here's Everything You Want to Know About Dhofar

Hidden beaches, lapped by the Arabian Sea, abound throughout the Governorate of Dhofar. The city of Salalah is blessed with kilometre after kilometre of soft white sand, the main beaches including those at Dahariz, Al Baleed and Haffa, near Al Husn Palace.

West of the city the mountains give way to the beaches of Mugsayl and beyond, creating dramatic backdrops. To the east of Salalah, unspoilt beaches can be discovered all the way to Taqah, interrupted only by a few creeks. Beyond Mirbat, the nature of the coastline changes to one of small coves; some with Dhofar's famous white sand, others of multihued granite pebbles worn smooth by the power of Oman's Arabian Sea.

Al Baleed, Dhofar

Set on the edge of the Arabian Sea, just to the east of Al Husn Palace and the souq, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Baleed is a combination of open air archeological site and The Museum of the Frankincense Lands. The Museum of the Frankincense Lands focuses on three themes: one is The Governorate of Dhofar's historical and archaeological heritage; the remarkable maritime tradition Al Baleed and the other UNESCO sites, including Sumhuram which is located east of Al Baleed and Ash Shisr, set on the edge of the Rub Al Khali desert. The maritime room includes superb models of Omani boats from 3,000BC to current times.

Mountain drive along Safait Road in Dhofar

Ancient travellers such as Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo knew the trading town and its port as Dhofar / Zafar, the name now used for the entire southern region of Oman. The impressive southern sea walls of Al Baleed form part of the fortifications of the town. Protected by the walls were the citadel and grand mosque. Both of these impressive buildings were originally approached by a bridge over the surrounding lagoon. 

Mirbat Fort, Port & Bin Ali Tomb

Situated between the extraordinary escarpment of Jebel Samhan and the Arabian Sea, Mirbat is a charming coastal town. Historically it traded in horses and frankincense, more recently in abalone and from its fishing harbour, fish. Overlooking the harbour entrance is Mirbat Fort which, in origin, is an early 19th century fortifications. Beyond Mirbat the coastline becomes more rugged as the road winds through outcrops of granite rock on its way to Sadh, with its small fort, and Hasik, set on a vast sweeping bay.

Taqah Castle 06
The town of Taqah's charming coastal setting to the east of Salalah makes it an attractive town to visit or stay in. To the west of the town is Khor Taqah, a lagoon edged with natural reeds and a section landscaped to enjoy the views. From the lagoon, a long walk or drive along the beachfront will take you past coconut plantations towards the older part of town. Here is the Sheikh Afif Mosque, which is located next to Taqah Fort. The fort is build around an open courtyard offering its residents privacy and security and, from its upper storey, allows visitors views of the town, mountains and sea. From the fort it's possible to take a short walk through the back streets of the town, where visitors will see several old buildings in traditional Dhofar Governorate style.

One can imagine the magnificence of this province when most parts of the Arabian Peninsula witness a rise in temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius in summer. But, in Salalah, the capital of Dhofar that lies 1,040 kilometres away from Muscat, temperatures never rise above 27 degrees Celsius. There are daily flights between Muscat and Salalah, as well as other Arab Gulf states.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

36 Absolutely Stunning Pieces Of Oman

Natural beauty, fascinating traditions and heartfelt hospitality make Oman a country you really should get to know better. From luxurious 5-star beach resorts to sleeping under the stars in the desert, Oman’s diverse landscapes will take your breath away.

Royal Opera House Muscat  

Royal Opera House, Muscat (iwillbehomesoon/500px)
Nakhal Fort

Nakhal Fort (beautyeye/flickr)


Ash Sharqiyah (pierrehaut/flickr)

Nizwa Fort

Jalali Fort


Musandam (panoramas/flickr)


Al Alam Palace

Flickr: Tristan Schmurr / Via: Flickr

Real adventure

Bandar Khayran


Salalah (saf eins/flickr)


Flickr: Bilal Sarwar / Via: Flickr

Diverse marine life 

Wadi Darbat, Salalah

Wadi Darbat, Salalah (wajahatmahmood/flickr)

Birds in Dhofar

Muttrah Souq

Wadi Bani 

Wadi Bani Khalid (andries3/flickr)

Amazing wildlife

Mountain camps

Dimaniyat Islands Nature Reserve 

Unspoilt beaches

Musandam beaches, Oman - Like us:

Land mammals in Dhofar

 Land Rover Our Planet
Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr

Unique golf scene

Almouj Golf, The Wave, Oman

Water Spring

Ash Shuwaymiyyah

Desert experiences

Unspoilt water


Luxury hotels

Mountains in Dhofar

Pottery incense burner

Mirani Fort

Mugsayl Beach

Omani honey

Hand thrown pottery

Non-stop daily flight from Heathrow to Muscat with Oman Air; daily flights with Etihad from London, Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester

Still don't know where to go for your next holiday? If you need more reasons to visit Oman please see 101 Things to See and Do in Oman. 

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