Oman

I went to Muscat, Oman in 2010 with four other high-school friends to take part in the Human Migration Symposium on behalf of KIS International School. The outcome of this experience was extraordinary both academically and socially as we got to meet people from all over the world in an entirely new country. 

The attractions that I got to see during my time in Oman included theBimmah Sink HoleMuttrah SoukThe Wahiba Desert and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

The Bimmah Sink Hole is located at Hawiyat Najm Park which is roughly an hour and a half drive from Muscat. The Sink Hole offers great photography opportunities and you can swim in the crystal clear turquoise water. This sinkhole was formed "naturally due to limestone erosion and the collapse of the rocks and the sinkhole is connected to the sea through an underground tunnel" This is a very beautiful attraction and is definitely worth a visit.

Bimmah Sinkhole - Oman

The Muttrah Souk is the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. It was very crowded and the entire place was filled with vendors and locals selling traditional household goods, shoes and ready-made garments. Once you are buried deep inside the market you will also enjoy the mixed smells of frankincense, perfume oils, fresh jasmine, and spices. The Muttrah Souk will definitely give you an insight to the local life and culture of the country. 

I really enjoyed my overnight stay at the Wahiba Desert. It was my first time spending a night at the desert and to experience the extreme change of temperatures. During the day it was extremely hot and during the night to the early morn the temperature dropped and I wasn't prepared for the rapid change. The Wahiba Desert is approximately a four hour drive from the country's capital. There are a wide variety of activities to do once you are at the desert. The activities that me and friends did included camel riding, sand boarding, and the thrilling off road sand dune jeep ride which was extremely thrilling! (and a bit scary)

To understand and experience more of the country's culture and religion I also went to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which was built form 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstones. What was very interesting about this Mosque was that the design of the interior of the prayer carpet which covered the floor of the prayer hall. "It contains 1,700,000,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce". The design brings together the classical Tarbiz, Kashan, and Isfahan design traditions.

Even though the sole purpose of my trip to Oman was for the Human Migration Symposium which was educational and fun all on its own, there was still time to explore the beautiful country. The highlight of this was definitely the overnight stay at the Wahiba Desert!