Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman, where I lived and worked from January 2008 until August 2016, has received a steady stream of accolades from top travel publications such as Lonely Planet and Condé Nast Traveler.
Words such as ‘a hidden gem’, ‘a startling variety of beautiful landscapes’ and ‘rich in history’ have been used to describe this friendly and peaceful country located on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the clear waters of the Arabian Sea (part of the Indian Ocean).
According to Rough Guides:
Amid the ever-changing states of the Arabian Gulf, Oman offers a refreshing reminder of a seemingly bygone age. Over-development has yet to blight its most spectacular landscapes and cultural traditions remain remarkably undiluted, making the sultanate one of the best places in the Gulf to experience traditional Arabia.
For this series of posts, I’ve divided Oman into three regions: the far north–the governorate of Musandam; the central north–the areas immediately to the north and west of the capital, Muscat; and the south–the governorate of Dhofar, which includes the resort city of Salalah.
In this post, I want to share some of my favorite photos from Musandam, along with a bit of background information about the people and places presented in the images.
Musandam–Mountains of Stone
Beach Camping on a strategic waterway
Traditional boats known as ‘dhows’
A great location for viewing sea life
A laid-back lifestyle with warm and friendly locals