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Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 8th 2011

The beehive tombs around Al Ayn have been around for centuries. It's pretty obvious where they get their name.... read more
Desert Scenery
Desert Scenery
Desert Scenery

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 7th 2011

Jebel Shams is the Grand Canyon of Oman. For safety's sake we left the car behind and hired a local with a 4WD to drive to the top ... the car may have made it up the rough track, but there were several cars that didn't make it. So, it was probably a good choice.... read more
Jebel Shams
Jebel Shams
Jebel Shams

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 7th 2011

Yep, another wonderful fort, in the process of being restored to it's old glory days.... read more
Jabrin Castle
Jabrin Castle
Jabrin Castle

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 7th 2011

Al-Hamra is a small village in a Wadi near Nizwa. You can drive along the wadi all the way in to the Jebel Shams mountains.... read more
Al-Hamra village
Al-Hamra village
Al-Hamra village

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 6th 2011

Nizwa is the cross roads to many interesting places. It's an interesting place in itself too.... read more
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 5th 2011

Oman is studded with lots of Unesco World Heritage Site forts, which were the result of the near constant battles that used to be fought here. What's the different between a Fort and a Palace? Well, they are both fortified, but a palace is where nobility (no-ability) sleeps, while a fort is where the grunts sleep.... read more
Bahla Fort
Bahla Fort
Bahla Fort

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa November 20th 2010

I smelled it before I saw it, the sharp scent of smoldering charcoal mixed with something I couldn’t quite put my finger on – though it was familiar. I followed my nose down a narrow backstreet in Nizwa, finding a crowd massed around an enormous, stone-lined pit. The men were heaving large, charred lumps out of the pit and into wheelbarrows waiting at ground level. On closer inspection, the lumps seemed to be blackened burlap sacks, but I was still mystified by what they contained. A number of men in this early morning huddle (it was barely 7am) noticed the gawking foreigner and waved me to the front for a better view. One broke a big smile and asked: “You want meat?” Suddenly it all made sense. And I could pin point the elusive smell: barbecue! ... read more
OK, now this is more like it.
Gate to Old Nizwa
Empty Souk

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa April 6th 2010

Geo: 22.92, 57.53Hot, hot, hotHappy birthday Keegan!We were up in time to watch us pull into the old city of Muscat. The port itself is not old but very industrial. The city itself -- at least, the old city -- sits along the waterfront and against a cliff. Once we were cleared by customs, we went ashore, taking the free shuttle to the port entrance. There, we were met by Abdullah, who would be our guide and driver for the day, and directed to a SUV waiting on the side of the road.Leaving the old port, we went through a gap in the hills, and saw the new city stretched before us. In much of Oman, the city buildings date to the 1970s and the discovery of petroleum reserves. The airport, the palace, the central mosque, ... read more
Port of Muscat
Port of Muscat
Port of Muscat

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa December 22nd 2009

Area: Hajjar Mountains around and on Jebel Shams - The highest mountains in Oman and this region standing tall at just over 3000 meters above sea level. Wadis covered are Bani Awf and Sahtan. Travel Month: Dec 2009 Country: Sultanate of Oman Total Days: 5 Days Attractions: Complete Offroad Experience!! Far off villages, very steep dirt track driving, and mountains. Total Distance Covered: 1200 Kilometers Total No. of Vehicles: 5 with five families Travelogue: DAY 1 Wadis in Hajjar Mountains were on the list this time around. Due to Eid holidays we were able to make a 5 days trip to cover. We planned to enter into Oman from the Hatta border and early in the morning to avoid the holiday rush that will be nasty to spend a few hours at the border checkpost, however ... read more

Middle East » Oman » Dakhliya » Nizwa April 10th 2009

Not far from Dubai lies Oman, and in Dubai lives my sister with her family and for this reason I find myself writing about a little camping trip that she took me on. Six Arabian nights we spend under the moon of Oman, and in doing so I discovered what beauty is hidden away in the folds of the Hajar Mountains of this country. Now camping with a family is of course different than camping with friends, but my nephew Teagan of five and my niece Zara of three behaved very well considering the amount of driving and hiking they were put through. Of course there was the usual fighting, bickering and crying, but on the whole I can say that they kept themselves very good and I think they enjoyed it as much as the ... read more
Outside Al Buraymi
Outside Al Buraymi
Al Ayn




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