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mirbat castle

Mirbat is a coastal town in the Dhofar, in southwestern Oman. It was the site of the 1972 Battle of Mirbat between Communist guerrillas on one side and the Armed forces of the Sultan of Oman and their Special Air Service advisers. Mirbat way back was involved in the export of frankincense. Mirbat Old Town and Marina were part of the Khareef’s highlights. Here is a short video from this trip: Please… Read More

There is no better chance to see camels up-close then travelling to Jebel Samhan.

Pros: Ribs at McClard’s – Bill Clinton’s favorite place, old school spa ‘experience’ Cons: not really a national park

The hidden beauty of Fanja and Bidbid, Oman.

FIVE highlights of the area including: 1) Table Top Mountain, 2) Fanja old town and fort, 3) Wadi Fanja, 4) Bidbid fort, 5) Bidbid Nafaa View Point.

Pros: amazing landscapes full of colors and changing with the sunlight and seasons, close to other fantastic parks Cons: careful hiking if you not in shape as the park sits 2.4 to 2.7 km above the sea level Official website

A subjective list of the top 10 tourist attractions in Bahrain that you can visit over weekend, even with a toddler.

Arabian Fox

Sa’al steps hike is a great introduction to Omani mountains. Also, an opportunity to spot Arabian foxes, yes – I was very lucky to spot one – or test your cardiovascular fitness.

Wadi Dayqah

The Wadi Dayqah Dam is probably the most accessible wadi in Oman. It’s an impressive place, where you can find a rare Omani commodity – water. The place is good for a stroll or picnic.

The beach at Ras al Hadd is a breeding ground for green sea turtles. Next to the beach, there are remains of the Royal Air Force airfield, part of a series of stocked landing grounds in Oman. The airport was an emergency landing ground before World War II. Today the beach is shared between the turtles and a thriving fishing community. We went to the beach in September 2019. Surprisingly, we could… Read More

About 60 km away from Muscat, Oman lays a little fishing town called Sifat Ash Sheik. It’s a serene spot, but there is also even nicer one northwest from the town. You need to either take a boat or drive (4WD required) to the trailhead and walk for 30 minutes. The hike, while short, is unmarked and relatively difficult. But the prize of being alone for the sunrise is unparalleled. The place… Read More