Oman travel guide: Top holiday attractions

Discover the Sultanate’s waterfalls, canyons and turtle beaches
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Many of us travel to Europe or North America for touristic getaways, but another rich destination is located just one hour away from the UAE. We are talking about Oman, of course, known for its cooler weather and natural beauty. We take a look at the Sultanate’s top holiday attractions:
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Jebel Shams and Wadi Shab: Oman’s highest mountain, dubbed the Mountain of the Sun, looks into the Grand Canyon of the Gulf ‘Wadi Ghul.’ The canyon is a great spot for sightseeing or hiking (the balcony trail), but we prefer its turquoise pools and waterfalls.
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Wahiba Sands: You might think you have seen your share of desert dunes in the Middle East, but Oman’s Wahiba sands offer an experience into the traditional, untouched Bedouin lifestyle where Omani women play a more visible role where they wear colourful robes and sell woollen souvenirs to visitors.
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Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve: The Sultanate is home to five of the world’s seven sea turtles, making it the best destination for watching the turtles dash to the sea at night at Turtle Beach. Located nearby is a museum which displays the history of location internation with turtles since ancient times.
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Masirah: Called ‘Fantasy Island,’ this desert island boasts sandy beaches which are home to flamingos, crabs, rare shells and large turtle nestling sites. The remote spot is a great tourist destination where a large population of fisherman offer fresh seafood including lobsters, prawns and kingfish.
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The Musandam Peninsula: Known for its rocky inlets, mountainous roads and small villages, the peninsula is separated from the rest of Oman by the east coast of the UAE. It is out top choice for a relaxing and private getaway.
Tue 29 Nov 2016 03:23 PM GST
By Lubna Hamdan