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Published on February 18th, 2016 | by Robin Rowley

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5 Must-Have Experiences in Oman

On a recent trip to the United Arab Emirates, I jumped at the chance to tag along on an expat’s road trip through beautiful Oman. This neighbour to the south boasts incredible views, happening cities, interesting shopping and beautiful coastlines – without the crowds of the UAE. Get there before the rest of the world does, and discover these five can’t-miss experiences.

 

Drive through the Desert

Oman desert
While Dubai’s desert towers are awe-inspiring, there’s nothing as other-worldly as driving the long stretches of highway through red rock straight out of Dune.

 

Shop in Muscat

Muscat Oman
The Old Muttrah Souk in Muscat is the place to be on a weekend night when it fills with locals looking to take in views of the harbour, dine at the restaurants on the water, or shop for goods like dates, spices, jewelry and clothing. As a tourist, be sure to haggle – and always be ready to walk away if you want to get the best price.

 

Visit Nizwa

Nizwa Oman
This historic town is 2 hours from Muscat. It’s a great stop for some history, with ancient stone buildings and beautiful markets (including a great date market,) surrounded by a thick palm oasis and Oman’s tallest mountains.

 

Snorkel crystal waters

Oman_boat
Oman has unspoilt coastlines, and it’s easy and affordable to charter a boat for the day and explore the tranquil blues of the coast.

 

Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Oman
This Muscat Mosque is a vision in white, a beautiful example of architecture and an important place of worship.

For more information on travelling to Oman, contact a Flight Centre Travel Consultant by connecting with us online, visiting your closest store, or calling 1-877-967-5302

 

 

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About the Author

Robin Rowley

a vagabond at heart, who picks vacation destinations based on the merit of food and is more comfortable in a tent than a 5-star hotel (though she'll happily do both). She's also the Digital Marketing Lead at Flight Centre.



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