Golden deserts, mountains up to 3.000 meters, endless, beautiful beaches, oases, mosques and traditional culture – and still doesn’t that country hardly ever gets an input in a travel magazine. It is certainly not offered as the usual package holiday. But we have been there. We travelled through the Sultanate of Oman. No matter how amazing a place was, at no point we were bothered by any crowds of tourists seeking after attractions to take a photo of.
Oman – a state located in the eastern Arabian peninsula. Oman – a country, where we partly felt safer than in Germany experiencing culture, religion that couln’t be more different than back home. None of us had a concrete imagination of the country when we went on the plane.
Our journey through the country started in the north of Oman, that is also called the „Scandinavia of the Orient“. We took the plane from Frankfurt to Dubai. Then we continued our way by car what only took us three hours until we were in Musandam.
After having spent three days in the north, we took a plane to Muscat, the capital of Oman. Once we arrived, we were thrilled by many majestic, white and really beautiful buildings. Everything appeared just clean, pure and bright. We were immediately impressed by the old town, the mosque, the fish market, the souk and the relaxed oriental atmosphere.
After three days in Muscat, we continued with a SUV packed with camping equipment. Then the real adventure began. We stopped at the antique city Nizwa, at hot springs and next to mountains up to 3.000 meters. These mountains are called „Grand Canyons of Oman“. Dominik, a fellow of our crew, went camping for the first time but in the end he enjoyed it. There are no restrictions about wild camping what was a pleasure for us.
One highlight of the trip was the brand new coastal road leading us along turquoise water and steep rocks for hours. We stopped at many places just enjoying the amazing views and the silence. By climbing down the rocks, we could feel the oceans breathe.
It was quite a long ride to the southern city Salalah. Therefore we spent a relaxing day on a gorgeous beach right next to the so-called „Blow Holes“. Giant water fountains came out of the rocks. The composition of the scenery, the co-existence of enormous and massive rocks next to wonderfully calm beaches reminded me a lot of Rio de Janeiro. The only difference was, that we were the only persons at that wonderful place, whereas Rio has always been busy and crowded.
The next day we went to the desert accompanied by a local guide. Feeling queasy thinking about scorpions and snakes, we took a sandy road into nowhere. Our guide went out of the car to reduce the tire pressure. He said: „You have more grip in the sand and don’t get stuck easily like that.“ For all of us that excursion was a unique and new experience.
When we started to speed over dunes with a howling engine surrounded by a cloud of sand, all doubts were suddenly blown away. That amusement is called „Dunebashing“. After a while we went to our own little camp site in the desert. Arriving there, our tents were already built up equipped with actually comfortable camp beds. After dinner we sat around the bonfire with a shisha, dates and tea. We were having interesting conversations about religion and culture with our guide – but that is another story.
The next day we headed back to Muscat to catch our plane to Germany. It was a very long drive. We were traveling for twelve days now. In the end we had the feeling that we had discovered the whole country.
Hope to see you soon Oman!
In sha Allah