Interesting places to visit in Oman, which I often think of and which I want to write to you about. The trip to Oman began and ended in the capital Muscat, one of the most beautiful cities on the Arabian Peninsula, located in a deep bay at the foot of rocky mountains. This predetermines the architecture of the city - snow-white houses perched on the slopes. Traditional Arab markets with narrow streets, labyrinths and small shops should not be missed. The emblem of the city is the majestic Sultan Qaboos Mosque.
The Sultan Qaboos Mosque was built from 300,000 tons of Indian sandstone. The main prayer hall is square, measuring approximately 75 by 75 meters. The central dome rises to a height of 50 meters. The four minarets are over 45 meters high, and the fifth - the main 90 meters. The Kabus Mosque covers an area of 416,000 square meters, including gardens with flowering shrubs and flower beds. The area around the mosque is lined with light marble, in which the temple is reflected as in a smooth water surface. The prayer carpet covers an area of 4,343 square meters and weighs 21 tons, and 600 women took four years to create it. The pattern is mostly floral with 28 colors.
We traveled along the coast of the Gulf of Oman along the beautiful seascapes, reaching the easternmost part of Oman and the Arabian Peninsula, where the Gulf of Oman meets the Arabian Sea. And so to the typical Arab coastal city of Sur, where the famous traditional Omani Dow boats are built. According to one version, it was from Sur that the famous Sinbad, the hero of the Thousand and One Nights, began his wanderings. There are more mosques in the city of Sur than are needed for a city of 120,000.
The photo shows at least 6. When we traveled inland, it was as if we were going back in time to the ancient cities of Al-Hamra and Misfah Al-Abrin with mud houses, narrow streets and green terraces; the ancient capital Nizwa with the typical Arab market and the 17th century fortress; the only UNESCO-listed Omani castle Bahla and more fortresses and ancient ruins with views of the surrounding oases. In fact, the part we toured is northeastern Oman.
The natural resources there are, to put it mildly, impressive. Thanks to Mount Al-Hajar, Oman is the greenest part of the Arabian Peninsula. We passed through the canyon below Jebel Shams (3000 m). Only at the sight of the steep cliffs descending into the abyss, it becomes clear why it is called the "Grand Canyon". In the river valleys of the Hajar mountain range are hidden the famous mountain oases of Oman - Wadi Bani Khalib and Wadi Shaab, rich in greenery and in stark contrast to the surrounding harsh landscapes.
In Oman and throughout the Arab world, "wadi" means a dry riverbed where water appears only in heavy rains. The Wahiba Sands Desert, part of the vast Arabian Desert, has also spread to this part of Oman. It owes its name to the Bedouin Wahiba tribe living here.
The desert is an endless expanse of sand and dunes, some up to 200 meters high and changing colors - from orange to amber. Here and there you can see well-organized Bedouin camps (in which we slept), camel tourists, on foot and in off-road jeeps that conquer the dunes.
We made the whole trip by jeep, on difficult roads, to hard-to-reach places and through the dunes in the desert to the Bedouin camp. Naturally, I drove one of the jeeps. Oman is one of the countries in which I would live (excluding some religious rules) - a country with a high standard of living, without taxes, unemployment, crime ....