Great Mosque of Oman, outside space with tower
Great Mosque of Oman, side corridor with chandeliers
Great Mosque of Oman, interior with chandeliers
Little Snake Canyon, Oman
Little Snake Canyon, Oman
Wadi Bany Awf, Oman, view of valley and road
Upper Wadi Bany Awf, Oman, view from the mountain pass down
Bilat Sait, Oman, village view in the afternoon sun
Wadi Bany Awf, Oman, view back to the road and mountain ranges
Al-Hamra, Oman, mountain view with tree
Fort Bahla, Oman, view of the fort
Fort Jabrin, Oman, view of the outer wall and plain
Nizwa Fort, Oman, ballustrade and minaret
Wadi Tanuf, Oman, canyon stones
Wadi Tanuf, Oman, stone pattern
Old Tanuf, Oman, view of the ruins
Jebel Shams, Oman, view of the Grand Canyon
Jebel Shams, Oman, goat shed at the Canyon
Jebel Shams, Oman, canyon and view
Saiq Plateau, Oman, view of the plateau
Jebel Shams, Oman, view of a canyon and mountains near Al-Hamra
Saiq Plateau, Oman, view in the evening sun
Jebel Akhdar, Oman, mountain relief formation
Jebel Akhdar, Oman, mountain  formation
Sharqiya, Oman,  plain with trees, view of Hajar Mountains
Wahiba Sands, Oman, view of a desert dune
Wahiba Sands, Oman, sunrise in the desert
Wahiba Sands, Oman, Dünen im Morgenlicht
camel portrait against blue sky
Oman East Coast, fishing boats lined up
Oman, bathing children in the green lagoon of Wadi Shab
Sur, Oman, the historic  dhow  Fatah-al-Khair

Sun, sea and desert, mountain ranges, canyons and plains.... Oman is a perfect country for travellers and nature lovers. The best way to explore the country is by a good offroad car which can take up with the partly really steep and dusty mountain roads or the fine sand of the desert dunes.

The mountain ranges of Oman are spectacular and unique due to a process called "obduction": the oceanique crust of the old Tethys Ocean was not subducted underneath the continent but pushed up forming the Oman Mountains. Geologists can thus study the ocean floor high up in the mountains, tourists can enjoy the diversity of stones and boulders when hiking up canyons and "Wadis" with their ponds, springs and tarns. History charged cities, impressive forts, oases and picturesque villages but in particular the great and natural friendliness of the people of this old seafaring nation make a journey to Oman a memorable experience.