A new index revealing the ‘Top 100 Places to Watch the Sunset Around the World’ has ranked Oman’s popular sunset point in Jebel Akhdar at 11th position.
Recommended by travel journalists from 46 countries, the Sunset Index got 400 honourable mentions of locations worldwide, which were then refined into a final shortlist of the 100 best places.
‘The respondents were asked to give their opinion on the best spot to view a sunset in both their home country, as well as in those they’d visited around the world. They were also asked to describe the best season to view it,’ stated Lensbest, Germany’s largest shipper of eye wear, which commissioned the survey.
In the GCC, Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, UAE, is ranked 58th, and Al Masjid an Nabawi, Medina, Saudi Arabia, is ranked at 35th place. While the index lists Jebel Akhdar at 11th position, Oman boasts of many other spectacular sunset points, including the ones in Sharqiyah Sands, Jebel Shams, Musandam and the many pristine beaches around the country. “Some of the travel experts we consulted cited sunsets that they had viewed more than 20 years ago, which goes to show just how strong an impression those moments made. Every one of us is able to recall where and when we saw the most spectacular sunsets of our lives,” said Ling Fan-Montzka, managing director of Lensbest.
“It’s our hope that this study serves as both a reminder of those memories, as well as travel inspiration for those looking for their next must-see sunset destination.”
Lensbest added that the reason for compiling the index was to appreciate nature’s most spectacular sights, ‘and few can be more breathtaking than a sunset’.
‘Whether watching from a balcony or mountain-top, the colours and contrasts of a sunset are one of the most memorable views in the world. From the white cliffs of Santorini, Greece, to the bronzed beaches of Bali, Indonesia, some locations, however, appear tailor-made to watch the sun take its daily dip below the horizon, which is why we decided to compile a list of the best sunset viewing-spots in the world.’
To achieve this goal, Lensbest asked the people who have had the good fortune to visit some of the most perfect sunset-watching locations in the world – travel journalists.