Sunday 31 May 2015

Beauty has an address...Oman

When I got an invite to attend a road show of Oman Tourism at Hyatt Regency in Delhi frankly speaking the destination image that I had of Oman was desert, desert and more desert.

Oman has something to offer to everyone

But all this perception changed dramatically when Lubaina Sheerazi, the India Representative of Oman Tourism took us on a journey to Oman via her presentation. It was then that I realised that Oman is so much different from other Middle-East countries.

It is a mix of culture, nature and adventure. Oman of course has deserts but also has a more than three thousand km long coast line with beautiful beaches and crystal clear water with ample opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities. It also has mountain ranges where the temperatures are milder and in fact one can even get snow on the higher reaches. Due to this Oman also has plenty of hiking and rock climbing opportunities. Culturally it has the World’s biggest mosque, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and also has opera houses. And all this is just three hours away from India by short-haul flights.

Frankincense Candle

And it is a land of Frankincense! This world famous incense is made from the resin of the frankincense trees. It also has biblical context as one of the three gifts the wise men gave to baby Jesus. We were presented with frankincense candles.

Oman is now definitely on my bucket-list of places to visit.

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