The Spirit of Oman
Oman is the jewel in the crown of the middle east. For those who are afraid and scared of the words Middle East I urge you to read on and explore this haven that is safe and welcoming to tourists from around the world. Oman's destination branding is "Beauty has an address" which is is more than fitting and visitors won't be left disappointed.
If your after some holiday ideas I can highly recommend a visit to Oman.
The best time of year is the northern winter, when the daytime temps for visiting in December will feel like summer for some. Daytime temperatures are around 25 degrees! So depending on where you come from you (like the UK) you would call it Summer.
One of the most amazing things about this country, besides the people, is the outdoor scenary; beautiful beaches and impressive mountains.
One of my favourite places to visit in the coolers months is Jebal Akhdar - meaning The Green Mountain.
It is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Middle East. The mountain is part of the Al Hajar range which winds down the country.
I love visiting this place for the air is amazingly fresh and the views are just like nothing I have seen before.
Up on the Mountain there is an old abandoned village on the side of a valley showing how Omani's lived in the past.
There are old fruit trees and an ancient falaj water irrigation systems that wrap around the mountain feeding water to the village and their crops.
Such an amazing feat of engineering that dates back hundreds of years.
Another place I like to visit - but have yet to stay overnight (note to husband) - is the Alila Hotel which at 2,000 metre above sea level sits majestically on on the very edge of the mountain range with breathtaking views.
It is a great base if you're planning a hike of the mountains.
We were there at Christmas time and they were trimming up a Christmas tree (yes Oman is a muslim country but a very welcoming country) which was made from the local bracken bush.
You would never expect something so prickly transformed into something so beautiful that conveyed the spirit and beauty of the season.
The hotel is built out of the rock that the mountains are made of and sits so well into its natural environment.
If you've got the time - you must stay there or even stop for lunch.
It really is worth the visit.
Day tripping from Muscat
We have done many day trips from Muscat up to the mountain and it's a comfortable two hour drive.
There are many little oasis's along the way to stop and cool down and take photos of spectacular green scenery in a sea of dust and rock.
Omani's are known for being super friendly and inviting tourists in to their homes for coffee and locally grown dates.
They love meeting people.
So if you have the offer - do not refuse - it is quite an honour.
Oman has a sparse and brutal environment which in summers has hot temperatures in the high 40s (100 F).
When the rains fall in the mountains it collects in some beautiful oasis's that bring life to the environment. It is a green you just don't associate with the brutal heat and sands of the Middle East.
Without a doubt the Mountains of Oman will forever be one of my favourite places on earth to visit again.
You will not be disappointed and will thoroughly enjoyable this destination with so much history and scenery to take in.
22/12/2017 12:55:54 am
Oman seems so picturesque and astonishing. I would love to explore it and enjoy the spirit of Oman. ;)
14/3/2021 03:20:12 am
Thankk you for being you
27/10/2022 06:35:09 am
I appreciate you sharing this
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