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Muscat is the capital of the Oman and a nice mix of new and old, build in front of an impressive setting out of mountains on the one and the Arabian Sea on the other side. The city was founded more than 900 years ago and still holds on to traditional values, while it also has modern shopping malls, first class highways, a number of international hotels, an international airport and a big seaport. This picturesque situated city with the main boroughs Muscat, Muttrah and Ruwi has approximately 500000 inhabitants. With the numerous big mosques, fortresses, Souks, traditional houses, museums and defence towers it is an attraction for tourists.
This is the ideal starting point to get a complete view of the Osmanic life. In the last ten years, the capital has developed into a modern, highly engineered metropolitan area in which you only realize that you are on the Arabian Peninsula because of the Omanis’ traditional clothing and because of the oriental architecture. Still you recognize the oriental style on a second glance. It’s the gestures, the friendliness of the people, the smell of olibanum or the buildings built a long time ago, that make the visitor curious about the Oman of the 21st century.
Muscat is starting point for trips with lengths varying from one to several days to discover the diversified and exciting hinterland as well as the secrets of the sea.
Short trips to the oviposition of the green turtle, wale- or dolphinwatching or a dessert trip over several days with overnight stays in outdoor camps to discover the breathtaking coastal and mountain landscape with hot springs and natural thermal ponds.
The diversity of the country is almost endless.
The waters of Oman represent an underwater paradise for diving & snorkelling with its wide variety of marine flora and fauna. Huge table corals, beautiful black coral, colourful whip and teddy bear corals abound while the fish ranging from the little cleaner wrasse to the enormous whale shark jostle for attention. The Gulf of Oman provides for excellent tropical Coral Sea diving and is home to 85 genera of hard and soft corals and 900 species of fish. In fact, so numerous and varied is the fish population here that new species are still being discovered and identified!
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort
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Along the long coast of Oman, there are lots of spectacular and unspoiled dive spots. Situated at the marina of the luxory Shangri-La's Barr al Jissah- Resorts & Spa, the dive centre as well as the under water world in here are a class of its own!