Oman is going under a revolution as more and more visitors are being encouraged to visit Oman by the government that seems to have recently become aware of the beauties and the remarkable things that can be offered to the visitors visiting Oman. Whether it is the trekking, or the via ferrata routes, the forts that have been a source of stronghold and have played an important part in Oman’s history, the museums that give a view on the historical heritage of Oman, the great deserts that have their own charms, traditional villages where life is still simple and slow paced, souqs which are considered a great attraction for history loving people as well as an example of great architectural heritage, all of these in their own ways have boosted the tourism in Oman. The western people get more attracted to the architectural beauties of the east provided by Oman.

Oman is one of the extremely exciting places to trek due to the canyons, mountain ranges and desert wadis which all are the perfect places for hiking and trekking. Al hajar mountains, which extend along northern coast and north-east of the country, have the highest point of Oman that is Jebel Shams. Jebel Shams rim route is one of the most popular trekking routes of Oman which start at the village of Al Khateem, one of the traditional villages of Oman. Trekking is a loose, challenging and exposed walk which provides the trekker with a sense of adventure. Other areas which are considered the best trekking areas of Oman are Grand Canyon balcony walk, Wadi Mishal, Wadi Bani Kharus, Al Misfah, Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Shah.

Oman has a variety of activities to keep the rock climbers interested. These activities include going on a via ferrata route on any of the three terrifying routes. These routes are present in the Grand Canyon region of Wadi Nakhr. Both bolted and traditional climbing routes are present for via ferrata climbing. Monolithic towers of Wadi Al’Ghool provide Alpine style climbing while reaching a maximum height of 300 metres. Jabal Mishfat provides a challenging route at a height of 120 to 500 m. jabal Misht, the Oman’s ideal climbing location beat these all routes, is considered to be the one of the largest climbable sides of Arabian Peninsula. This route also provides Alpine style climbing.

Traditional Oman villages are still personified with the life of Omanis in the past along with all its simplicities and difficulties. The people of these villages lead a fairly simple life fulfilling basic needs by the use of natural resources. The villages included among the traditional villages of Oman are Al Ashkharah, Badiya, Balad Sayt, Khumzar village and Lima village.

Souqs are the traditional Arabic market places. These can be found throughout the towns and villages of Oman. The souq in Mutrah is one of the oldest preserved market place. The Mutrah souq is a maze of pathways. The prices aren’t fixed and are normally bargained for. Gold, silver, wooden carvings, ornaments and spices are sold in these souqs.

Author's Bio: 

Sheikh Al Zubairi is an expert tourism consultant associated with Ministry of Tourism of Oman. The experience of via ferrata, traditional villages and Souqs in Oman is really special for foreigners and tourists.