Muscat – The long weekend is here thanks to the National Day holidays. For those who haven’t already decided what to do over the four days and thinking it is too late, all is not lost.
If you’ve covered all places in Oman and are looking for something interesting… try these:
DOHA, QATAR (flight time – one and a half hours): If you are a football fan, you can make the best of the National Day holidays and enjoy the Gulf Cup. The shining jewel of Qatar, Doha is a multicultural city, home to most of the country’s population as well as expatriate communities. Enjoy shopping in the malls and visit the corniche. The picturesque architecture and dazzling views of the harbour are sure to wow you.
Dubai, UAE (flight time – 1 hour): Dubai is a city for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. For those interested in shopping, Dubai has much more to offer.
MALE, MALDIVES (flight time – 4 hours): Male is known for its ancient mosque and colourful buildings and is one of world’s largest capitals. The island today has grown into one of the most visited places in the Maldives. It is a casual town best for wandering without pre-planned itineraries.
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (flight time – 4 hours): The capital of Sri Lanka has a long history as a port. This ocean city is perfect for those looking for heritage and beaches in one place.
CAIRO, EGYPT (flight time – 4 hours): Situated on River Nile, Cairo is a must-visit city. The iconic pyramids, which are the main attractions for any visitor to the place, tell the story of a world that was 4,000 years ago. Visit the Egyptian Museum, which has one of the world’s most important collections of ancient artefacts. While in Cairo, visit the Al Azhar Mosque, which is one of Cairo’s oldest mosques.
SHIRAZ, IRAN (flight time – 2 hours): Known for its literary history and many gardens, Shiraz is known as a city of lovers. It is believed that Shiraz is the most beautiful tourist city of Iran with many historical and natural attractions. Travelling to Shiraz can be one of your most memorable trips.
AMMAN, JORDAN (flight time – 4 hours): Jordan might be best known for its ancient city of Petra, but you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the thriving capital. Rainbow Street is a popular hangout, with lots of great cafés, restaurants and shops.
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (flight time – 4 hours): One of the cheapest places to travel in Africa, Addis Ababa is a buzzing hub of economic, social and political activity. Their language, Amharic, is one of the oldest written languages in the world.
TBILISI, GEORGIA (flight time – 3 hours): Charming is a word that often pops up when describing Georgia’s capital. It is a place that can be called a foodie destination, and the best way to discover it is by booking yourself on one of the many food tours on offer. Tbilisi’s old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the ‘Mother of Georgia’.
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