The country has a history of social and religious tolerance dating back to the 4th century thanks in part to their seafaring trade interests.
As these interests expanded into a marine empire that once governed ethnicities ranging from Persian to East African, Southeast Asian to Indian – the Omanis have been peacefully coexisting with non-Muslims for centuries.
Simple, clean lines and neutral-toned exteriors are the norm in the low-lying (you won’t find any skyscrapers here) concrete buildings.
Homes stand all shiny and white against the rocky background of the mountains.
OH-man.” “Oh, ok” Brief Pause “Wait, remind me where that is again” “It’s in the Middle East. Except for when you tell someone it’s in the Middle East.
Wasn’t there somewhere else you were supposed to go? I was surprised by the sheer amount of people who expressed their concern to me about terrorism in their forgetfulness as to how vast the Middle Eastern region is.
Traditionally shaped cruise the salty seafront, fishing nets extended as they rake over the day’s catch.
If that doesn’t convey how comfortable we felt, then I don’t know what will. Yet there’s no truer way to chronicle Oman’s variance of landscapes and the natural panoramas that remain unblemished by tourism or development. Canyon waters smooth over serrated rocks as they carve their way through the barren mountains.An absolutely rewarding yet undeniably stupid and dangerous idea.I won’t spoil the rest but I will say this – what goes up, must come down.I can attest firsthand there’s nothing like falling asleep beneath the twinkling of a thousand stars.The signature of Oman’s architecture is its understated elegance.Several Bedouin tribes still permeate the area and their transitory encampments lie scattered throughout the expanses.If you happen across a Bedu, it’s customary to accept their invitation for strong Omani coffee, shaking the cup slightly to signal you have finished before heading back off into the dunes.Wadi Bani Khalid hides a vast cave where you can brave the dark, confined spaces and make your way toward the supporting rock that upholds a waterfall.The loud vibrations of it rushing overhead will make you utter silent prayers that the rock is sturdy enough to hold its weight. At the end of a not-so-easy 45 minute hike (and a long swim through a twisting stream) lies a cove with a man-made rope dangling over a cascading waterfall.These wadis are found throughout the country and afford a pleasant respite from the arid Middle Eastern heat.Families can be found barbecuing in the rocky coves, teenagers tempt gravity as they cliff jump into the waters below, and friends set off to explore the hidden grottoes.