The Rough Guide to Oman

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Penguin, Nov 1, 2011 - Travel - 344 pages

Oman is one of the world's most exciting emerging tourist destinations-offering a genuine taste of old Arabia and an oasis of traditional culture amidst the frantically modernizing Gulf states. The country boasts a string of captivating attractions. Scenically, it's one of the region's most memorable destinations, from the craggy uplands of the Hajar mountains to the spectacular fjords of the Musandam peninsula and the dramatic dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Culturally, the country boasts a variety of absorbing sights, ranging from the traditional souks of Muscat, Nizwa, and Salalah to the atmospheric mudbrick towns and towering forts of the interior.

The new Rough Guide to Oman is the first in-depth guide to this fascinating country, complete with
detailed coverage of all sights, new state-of-the-art maps, and practical information including comprehensively road-tested information about driving and walking routes both on and off the beaten track.

 

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Contents

Getting around 22
22
Accommodation 25
25
Food and drink 27
27
The media 29
29
Festivals 30
30
Outdoor activities and sport 31
31
Shopping 32
32
Culture and etiquette 34
34
5 Sharqiya 161
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Desert Oman colour section following p176
177
6 Dhofar 189
189
Contexts 215
216
History 217
217
Fortified Oman 233
233
Wildlife 236
236
Books 239
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Travel essentials 36
36
Guide 43
44
1 Muscat 45
45
2 The Western Hajar 77
77
3 Al Batinah and Al Dhahirah 107
107
Mountain Oman colour section following p112
113
4 Musandam 141
141
Language 241
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Useful Arabic words and phrases 244
244
Food and drink 247
247
Glossary 249
249
Small print Index 253
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About the author (2011)

Gavin Thomas has worked for Rough Guides as a writer and editor since 1998; he is also the author of the Rough Guide to Sri Lanka, the Rough Guide to Dubai and co-author of the Rough Guide to Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra.

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