lunedì 19 agosto 2013

Oman: a concentrate of emotions


The Sultanate of Oman is a land full of charm. The Riviera of the East Indian Ocean, as we like to call this wonderful country from its surprises. Golden dunes that slide into the sea, suk heady scents and colors, historical sites declared World Heritage by UNESCO, high cliffs on the Ocean ... A land of travel and commerce, mentioned by Marco Polo in “The Travel", it is a safe, friendly, open contry but is linked to its ancient traditions, which has a lot to offer. The lively capital Muscat, with rich museums, old houses within the walls, the port where the fishermen gather on traditional dhow and the only Opera house across the Arabian Peninsula. By these images we take you to the beautiful villages in the mountains, the Bedouin, the "Incense Route", with force dotting the landscape like giant sand castles, maybe spending the night in a desert camp under the stars It will be a real emption . The natural swimming pools of the wadis, magnificent beaches and pristine dive sites, natural reserves where you can see several species of turtles or swim with the dolphins, the cultivation of dates and picking of rose petals that perfume the air and paints the landscape with delicate shades. 

A landscape rich in colors, like a work of art.Oman is the third largest country of the Arabian Peninsula after Saudi Arabia and Yemen; it differs from other Gulf emirates not only in size but also for its opening to the Indian Ocean. It borders the United Arab Emirates on the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. It overlooks the Arabian Sea to the south and east, and the Arabian Gulf to the north-east and is crossed by the Tropic of Cancer, just below its capital Muscat. With its 3 square kilometers is one of the world’s smallest capitals. It stretches along the coast in a homogeneous way with its 60 km of well-kept lawn, between intersections rich in monuments of astonishing beauty. The museums of the old center of Muscat and Muttrah souk and make its atmosphere unique. Strong point of Muscat is the Royal Opera House opened in October 2011. 
The majestic building, strongly backed by the Sultan, music enthusiast, is located in the heart of the city and testifies to the cultural development of the Sultanate. The greatest international operas are held in The Royal Opera House. The birthplace of Islam in the ancient capital of the Sultanate of Oman and is located at the center of a great oasis and is the meeting point of the caravan roads of the north and south of the country: Nizwa is known for its fort and its souks.
Several antique Persian, Portuguese Omani forts (between 1510 and 1650) or Arab- influenced forts, testify the traces left by history: i.e. the forts of Jalali and Mirani in Muscat, the forts of Nizwa , Bahla, the castle of Jabrin, near Nizwa, and also the forts of Al-Nakhl and Roustaq. Most of the forts have been restored and the Bahla one is UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. Cities full of history, unspoiled nature, are a blend of ancient and modern ..... and then here is the sandy desert (Rub al Khali), the Sabkha (salt lake of Um al-Samin) and hamadas, that is the rocky desert of Jiddat el Harassis and dunes (Wahiba Sands), in the region of Sharqiyah, the territory of the Bedouins, where there is the world’s largest petrified region of sand, and here everything changes, the excesses of the cities turn into an absolute peace.












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