In Pictures | A Postcard From Oman

Oman has made more progress than any other country in the world in the last 40 years.” Hillary Clinton

Taking full advantage of the four-day long weekend for Eid al-Adha break (see previous Eid Mubarak post here) the other half and I took a road trip to neighbouring country, Oman. From the sand dune edged roads of the desert in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi we left the UAE and crossed into the scenic mountainous landscape and endless roads of Oman. We stayed in the Western Hajar mountain region, known as Oman’s geological backbone.

Here’s the first of three posts about the trip, this one a snapshot in pictures of our little vacation that included a spot of trekking (yes, that was not a typo, actual trekking) with friends in the mountains, amazing scenery, a visit to the ancient village of Misfat al Abreyeen (read ‘Walk On The Wild Side‘ post here), Nizwa Fort and Souk and taking in some local culture and traditions. From what I saw of this part of the country (previously been to more developed area of the capital, Muscat) I’m not sure I agree with Hillary Clinton’s quote when comparing Oman’s development over the last forty years compared to the UAE.

IMG_7096Leaving the UAE via Al Ain

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Crossing the border at Wadi Jizzi

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Long roads and stretches of empty spacesIMG_7115DSC00132

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Golden Tulip Hotel in Nizwa (bit more like Faded Tulip) with traditional Omani interior below

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The mountain road to the start of the W10h trek at Sharaf Al Alamayn

IMG_7138Mountain goats own the road

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All ready to start the high-altitude mountain trekDSC_0172 DSC00144

Amazing scenery and views across the Western Hajar mountain range

IMG_0025Traditional Omani houses and village

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Lush oasis of greenery in Misfat al Abreyeen

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Date Palms grown on terraces instead of the usual plains

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A full crop of dates 

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The ‘falaj’ water channel irrigates the village

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Date Palm at sunset and harvested fruit left to dry belowIMG_0051 IMG_0056

An all new meaning to terraced houses in Misfat
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Locals in traditional Omani dress

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Mountains at sunset before a massive thunder storm set inIMG_0224

Nizwa Traditional Souk

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Lots of ceramics for sale, plain and painted in NizwaIMG_0181

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Nizwa Mosque

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Nizwa FortIMG_0186 IMG_0187

Wooden canes called ‘assas’ for sale, used by men in traditional arabic dances

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The long drive back to the Oman/UAE borderIMG_0250

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