List of described attractions by regions

Oman is divided into 5 regions and 4 governorates. Here below they are listed in alphabetical order:

Ad Dakhiliyah Region
Ad Dhahirah Region
Al Batinah Region
Al Buraimi Governorate
Al Wusta Region
Ash Sharqiah Region
ArrowMajlis al Jinn - Khoshilat Maqandeli caveSinkholes, Caves
Dhofar Governorate
ArrowTawi Atair sinkholeSinkholes, Caves
ArrowTeiq sinkhole and caveSinkholes, Caves
Musandam Governorate
Muscat Governorate
ArrowBimmah sinkholeSinkholes

Oman - map

Wikipedia article about Oman


Majlis al Jinn

Majlis Al Jinn, Oman
Cross section of Majlis Al Jinn, compared with Boeing 747-400.
Gatis Pāvils, CC-BY-SA-3.0

One of natural wonders of Oman is the giant underground chamber - Majlis al Jinn or Khoshilat Maqandeli. This cave represents a sinkhole in early stage of development - giant underground chamber with small opening above it.



Main attractions

Southern Arabia is embodyment of fantasies about the mysterious, beautiful Arabia from One Thousand and One Nights. Oman with its breathtaking landscapes and mysterious monuments of history definitely represents a part of this realm.

Natural landmarks

Grand Canyon of Wadi Ghul, Oman
Grand Canyon of Wadi Ghul. Photo by Andries Ourhoorn, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Landscape of Oman is diverse and very exciting. It is true that most of the country is brownish-grey desert, but here is found also lush subtropical mountain landscape with beautiful waterfalls and even giant baobabs.

Especially impressive natural attractions - canyons, mountains, springs, and waterfalls are located in north-east (Al Hajar Mountains) and south-west (Dhofar Governorate) of the country.

Special, only lately appreciated pride of the country is its giant caves and sinkholes.

Canyons and cliffs

Caves and sinkholes

Ascending from the floor of Majlis al Jinn, Oman
Ascending from the floor of Majlis al Jinn. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0


Other natural attractions

Man made landmarks

Oman is very rich with archaeological heritage. Most of these historical monuments are not too spectacular, but they tell exciting stories the times when Oman was at the crossroads of prehistorical and ancient international trade.

Nowadays Oman represents an exciting fusion of local, many thousand years old lifestyle and rapid modernisation. Here are represented several indigenous cultures with ancient languages.

Historical and ancient cities and towns

Ancient Ubar, Oman
Ancient Ubar. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, user 9591353082, CC BY-SA 3.0.


Ancient forts is one of cultural highlights of Oman. Nearly every village here has remnants of ancient fortifications.

View from Nakhal Fort, Oman
View from Nakhal Fort. Photo by Andries Ourhoorn, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Prehistoric necropolises and megaliths

Beehiwe tombs of Al-Ayn, Oman
Beehiwe tombs of Al-Ayn. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, Figy, public domain.

Other man made attractions

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