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The Norway of Arabia

By Linda Tancs

Situated in the north of the Arabian Peninsula and separated from Iran by the Straight of Hormuz lies the coastal enclave of Musandam, Oman’s northernmost governorate. It’s one of the most beautiful regions in the nation, dominated by 6,500-foot mountains meeting crystal-clear fjords. Because of that geography the area is appropriately dubbed the “Norway of Arabia.” Khor Najd presents the best opportunity for viewing the meeting of mountain and sea, but you’ll need four-wheel drive to access the lookout.

Land of Frankincense

By Linda Tancs

Frankincense is to Oman what peanut butter is to jelly. It’s just hard to imagine one without the other. Indeed, frankincense is so closely associated with the history of Oman that the Dhofar region is recognized by UNESCO as the Land of Frankincense. In Wadi Dawkah (the incense forest), in particular, trees have been harvested for frankincense from ancient times to the present day. You can learn more about the historical and cultural importance of frankincense at the Museum of the Land of Frankincense in Salalah.

Muscat Love

By Linda Tancs

Beauty has an address, say the tourism officials in Oman.   Of course, there are delightful attractions to navigate on foot, ranging from the tower tombs northeast of Bat to the caves at the foothills of the eastern Al Hajar mountains.  But don’t ignore the world beneath your feet.  Oman boasts some of the region’s best diving.  Around the capital city of Muscat alone you’ll find diverse marine life among at least 11 diving sites at Al Khayran, Al Fahil Island, Dimaniyat Islands, Al Makbara Bay and Al Jissah beach.  Oman Air is the national carrier.  You can get there via cruise ship or border crossing as well.

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