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Oman Cruises

Oman is a country shrouded in mystery, probably due to the fact that it’s been relatively closed off to tourists for many years.

However, nowadays it’s opening up slowly, and this is a great chance to experience culture and authenticity on an Oman cruise, before the mass influence of tourism seeps in. 

If you’re looking for a destination with that mysterious Middle Eastern culture and all its exotic traditions, then Oman is the place for you. Anyone who loves history will be in their element, and the natural beauty of the area is enough to make your jaw drop.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Oman borders the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. 
  • It is one of the oldest places on earth inhabited by humans.
  • Oman is full of frankincense trees.
  • Oman used to belong to the Portuguese. 
  • Green turtles lay their eggs on Sharkiya Beach in Oman.
 

Highlights

Must-see sites

Muscat is Oman’s capital city, brimming with history and culture. Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort are definite must-see sites – you can take some fantastic photographs just from the outside. On top of this, Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace is simply stunning, and the official office of the Sultan of Oman overlooking the beautiful harbour.

Third-largest mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the third-largest mosque in the world, and the stunning Swarovski crystal chandelier and huge Persian carpet inside certainly make it stand out. Non-Muslim visitors are welcome most days, apart from Thursdays and Fridays. 

Salalah is another great place to visit in Oman, with beautiful beaches to enjoy. Head for Dharaiz Beach and Al Haffa Beach if you want to spend a day chilling out in beautiful natural surroundings, with fantastic bird-watching opportunities at Al Haffa especially. 

 

Days out

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Al Baleed Archaeological Site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a day out in its own right. 

Here you’ll find natural beauty, history, and the chance to sail around the site on a boat trip. There’s a museum inside the walls, where you can learn about the history of Oman too, before heading to Salalah Gardens Mall for a spot of retail therapy. 

Cruises to Oman include plentiful shopping opportunities, and the souks around this part of the world are what make it famous. Mutrah Souk in Muscat is considered one of the best in the region, with a large fish market inside too. You can haggle for your goods here, which can be a difficult skill to perfect, however just give it a go and you will come away with plentiful bargains. 

Jewellery is a particularly good buy from Oman, regardless of your destination within the country. When you head into Salalah, you are visiting an area famous for frankincense, so it’s certainly a good opportunity to buy some things that contain this famous export. 

Muscat Grand Mall is your one-stop shop for big-name brands, with a large food court and entertainment complex inside too. One Avenues Mall is another very popular choice – you won’t go home empty-handed!

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Oman

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