Our last day in Oman was spent in Muscat city. We visited the beautiful opera house and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (this time both in daylight and during nightfall). We also went to the annual Muscat Festival to look at the traditional dancing and to browse the market. On our way back from the festival on the winding Al Amerat road we got a stunning view over Muscat. However, there are no places to stop along this road, but we managed to pull over for a few minutes and just enjoy the views.
Bimmah sinkhole can be found on Oman's northeastern coast. The legend told by Omanis is that a star fell and created this enormous hole in the ground. But the scientists says that the limestone in combination with the ocean just a few hundred metres away created a cave, and eventually the roof collapsed and formed an open hole - the sinkhole as it is today.
Yesterday we decided to drive southwest of Muscat. We drove to the town Nizwa and enjoyed its quiet and calm souqs as well as the old Nizwa fort. After a quick lunch in a roundabout (yes, actually IN a roundabout) we headed west to admire the Omani landscape from the slopes of the pretty little village Misfat al Abryeen. On the way back to Muscat we made a stop by Tanuf ruins. This town was bombed by the British during the Jebel Akhdar war in the 1950s and still stands as a spooky (but not totally deserted) reminder of the past.
Follow us in Oman from January 15. We have a rental that's awaiting our arrival at the airport. To be as effective as possible we have divided the country into sections. One section each day, but unfortunately we won't have enough time to explore the more southern parts, hence we'll have a reason to return to Oman and of course the rest of the Middle East.
There's two month left of this year and we're already planning for the next 365 days. We’ll start 2017 with a visit to a new destination: Oman. This will be our very first trip to a country within the Middle East.