Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Al Kamil

Old Castle Museum

Home to an extraordinary museum, this private castle houses the personal collection of Sheikh Khalfan Al Hashmi. His great grandfather owned the 250 year-old castle and donated it to the government; it was restored …
Top Choice Museum in Al Mintirib

Bidaya Museum

This quirky little museum on the edge of the sands preserves the history of the Hijri Tribe, written in Arabic on goat skins. A collection of old spears and swords that date back 300 years or more, together with Chi…
Souq in Ibra

Ibra Souq

Ibra has a lively souq that is at its most active on a Wednesday morning. Arranged around a double courtyard, the greengrocery takes pride of place in the centre, with local melons and aubergines making colourful se…
Souq in Sinaw

Sinaw Souq

Like most other souqs in the country, this market place, arranged around a central courtyard, is at its most active early on a Thursday morning. What makes this particular souq such fun to visit is that it attracts …
Mosque in Jalan Bani Bu Hassan & Jalan Bani Bu Ali

Jami al Hamoda Mosque

It’s worth trying to stumble on this aged and revered mosque. The low-lying prayer hall is unique on account of its profusion of 52 domes. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter but you can gain a vantage point acro…
Waterfront in Sur

Corniche & Dhow Yards

The corniche affords a picturesque view across to the village of Ayjah. Dhows used to be led to safe haven by Ayjah’s three watchtowers, which mark the passage into the lagoon. It is still possible to see the boats …
Spring in Wadi Bani Khalid

Wadi Bani Khalid Pools

Most people visiting Wadi Bani Khalid head for the springs which collect in a series of deep pools in the narrow end of the wadi. The pools have been developed into a tourist destination with a (too) small car park,…
Castle in Sur

Sunaysilah Castle

Crowning a rocky eminence, this 300-year-old castle is built on a classic square plan with four round watchtowers. It was the most important part of the defensive system of Sur, a town that was greatly fortified to …
Tomb in Jaylah

Jaylah Tombs

The 90 or so tombs scattered across the hilltops of Jaylah date back to the Umm an Nar culture of 2000 to 2700 BC and, if you’ve been to Bat, you’ll recognise the meticulous stone towers, carefully tracing the ridge…
Castle in Jalan Bani Bu Hassan & Jalan Bani Bu Ali

Bani Bu Hassan Castle

This solid, squat castle in Bani Bu Hassan has been well restored and deserves a quick visit if you're passing, though you're unlikely to be passing unless you've followed the plethora of brown signs taking you into…