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I have been given the opportunity to go to Dubai for 7-9 days, ticket paid. I will be travelling with my wife and 4 year old daughter. This will be between September and December.
I have been to Dubai many times, and find it only mildly interesting. I have also been to KSA and Yemen, which i found far more interesting places to visit. However, KSA is out and Yemen probably too, given the instability. So i thought we should go to Oman.
I am trying to figure out what would be a sensible plan. I'll be flying into and out of Dubai- that's a given. After 2 days there, should we fly to Muscat, base ourselves in the capital for a few days, and make some day or overnight trips nearby? E.g the mountains, see some forts, go snorkelling?
Our main interest is to see traditional architecture, markets, etc. Some nature and mountains would be nice too. E.g. in Yemen we greatly enjoyed th... more »
Hi. I am going to salalah again and wonder if anyone had been to SHAAT sinkhole; is it worth to visit? Should be about 30 km from the Mughsayl blowholes towards Rakhyut. Is it easy to find, is it signposted?
Also, has anyone hiked down to the bottom of ATAYR sinkhole? Is it worth? How long does it take? Is it possible in August, or plants take over and block the path? I climbed down a bit last march, but we have not had time to continue further.
Which are the best sinkholes, any other worth a visit? Shihayt, shabun, tayq?
I am really struggling with finding a decent car hire in oman
Everyone that I do email won't reply back, ie NTT oman and other companies.
Also, I am having difficulty finding unlimited mileage allowance.
Please advice and suggest good trustworthy companies.
The ones that have replied have no internet cred or reviews :s is AST oman and arabiacars oman
Further to my earlier post ( thanks for the helpful replies ), a quick question about my 2 nights in Nizwa area ( no 4WD )
Was planning on two nights in Nizwa, one day to explore, one for trip to Jebel Shams, but don't want to risk the drive up on a 2WD.
Now planning to stay in Sunrise Resort, on the mountain, and they will pick me up from the Musah Old House, Al Hamra. ( 1 night each )
I have been quoted 60 OMR for the return trip....this seems excessive ( $155 )
Anyone got suggestions on how to spend my 2 nights in the Nizwa area, and allow me to see Jebel Shams without a 2WD, or is my plans/cost of transfer reasonable.
I am planning to visit Salalah in ramdan vacations in Khareef season(probably 3-4 days).
I am planning to visit Wadi darbat, Ain horman, Mughsail bay,Blow holes,Mirbat, Dofar mountains etc.
We can go camping,trekking and can plan accordingly.
Pleasure if any body wanna join.........Looking forward guys :)
hi. we are three women planning to trek in oman. any women out there have experience outside the major cities without a man attached?
hi. can anyone recommend a good trekking company in the mountains of oman? we haven't decided on which area we'd like to to, finding a good but not very expensive company is more important to us. thanks.
I'll be in Oman for 3 days this July. I'm intending to spend 2 days in Muscat and I'd like to hire a car for 1 day and take a daytrip outside of Muscat. I'd like your help and expertise about a feasible option for that trip. I've read a bit about possible options but I have a hard time making a decision.
- I'd love to see a Wadi, such as the Wadi Shab or the Wadi Tiwi. Is that possible in a daytrip from Muscat?
- Is it possible to make a daytrip to Jebel Shams?
- the last option is a trip to Nakhal fort. Is that possible to combine with a trip to a Wadi?
Thanks for the help!
We are a group of 4 (2 man, 2 women) that went to UAE (4 days), Yemen (9days) and Oman (days). We traveled from May 10th until June 2nd. Here is the trip report for the Oman portion. Please see other forums for the others countries report.
We hired a Landcruiser and went directly to Nizwa to have a good night sleep as we had an overnight in Duabi airport on our way from Sana'a. Before going to bed early, we visited Nizwa fort. We slept at Maja guesthouse, it was clean and reasonably priced for Oman standard. (all hotel in Oman have excessive price.) The next day, we drove to the rim of Jebel sham. All way up there are spectacular landscape, and at the rim, standing at the edge of a one kilometer cliff, it's quite something amazing and scary at the same time. We then headed our way toward Masirah island and stopped at Mahout Guesthouse since it was late. Huge mista... more »
My friend and I are traveling to Salalah, Oman sometime between June 22 and July 4. I want to do some camping, hiking in the mountains and near the shore, some sightseeing of the old forts, and other historical buildings. And perhaps visit the Frankincense Trail.
Would any be interested in joining us? Tour fees and other travel expenses are significantly lower when you travel in a group. And personally, I'd like to meet other travelers. We are open to any gender, age or ethnicity.
As most of you know Bahla Fort is now re-open since the last quarter of 2012, after 25 years of renovation. It is now open only on Fridays (08:00-11:00 or 11:30) and on Saturdays (08:00-16:00). It is a truly fantastic fort, well worth a visit. But, it is crammed with small bats.
Al Hoota Caves is closed untill further notice. The reason is a little bit unclear, for maintenance and/or a dispute between the company who manage the caves and the Ministry of Tourism.
The fort in Rustaq is still (May) closed for renovation untill further notice, according to guide books it should have been ready in 2012.
Heading to Muscat for 8 nights in November as I'm in Dubai for work.
Hiring a 2wd, just wondering if anyone has advice on my planning so far.
Muscat ( 2 nights )
Muscat to Nizwa ( 2 nights )
Wahiba Sands ( 1 night )
Al Hadd ( turtles, 1 night )
Sur ( 1 night )
Back to Muscat for 1 night, via Wadi Shab
I have a bit of a problem, perhaps, and hope that any ex-pat living in Oman will be kind enough to help me by sharing their ideas.
I have an Oman-registered vehicle and took it, entirely legally, out of the country. It was and still is my intention to take it back, eventually, to sell it there. (It still has its Omani plates.) My work permit is, of course, no longer valid, but I might well be taking a short break in Oman at the time the registration (licence) comes up for annual renewal.
Supposing I go to the ROP with the current -or just expired- licence, plus insurance for the ensuing twelve months, am I going to be able to renew it without the vehicle being there and without a work/residency permit (just a tourist visa)?
I've been through this process with the ROP several times, but really can't remember exactly what happened. I'm pretty sure, though, they never wanted to s... more »
Hi, I am travelling to Oman this Thursday with a friend. We fly into Muscat in the afternoon and leave on Monday evening. We plan to stay in Muscat for the first night and hire a car. I really want to go to the south, to Salalah, as I have visited the north before. Would it be feasible to drive there and back, stopping on route at places of interest? I am interested in nature and hiking. Would be interested to hear any opinions and ideas of itinerary. Thanks :)
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Hi, I found that the hotels in Nizwa are all expensive.
Could anybody introduce any budget hotel/ guesthouse there ?
I don't mind its not in the city centre, but better no to be too far (for example 4 or 5 km from city centre).
Is it possible to be US$ 30 for a room per night ?
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