Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It holds a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan. The Madha and Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam’s coastal boundaries.
BUKHA FORT, MUSANDAM
The fort is surrounded on three sides by a dry moat where, legend says, prisoners were once chained to drown in the rising tide.
Jabreen Castle dates back to 1670 and was built to resemble the most beautiful palaces of the period.
KHASAB FORT, MUSANDAM
Built by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century as part of their efforts to control passing maritime trade.
MUTTRAH SOUQ, MUSCAT
Perhaps one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world, located adjacent to Muscat harbor.
One of the oldest forts in Oman, possessing a unique large round shape.
The souk bustles with vendors selling everything from meat, fish, fruits and vegetables to spices, dates, gold and silverware.
SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE, MUSCAT
Built from 300,000 tons of Indian sandstone, with a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers, making it the fourth largest mosque in the world.
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I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams …
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry