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Oman Meteorology | Weather Forecast, July 21.

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Oman has been known for its large meteorite collection and the possibility of several thousands lying exposed in the deserts across the country. This year, 352 pieces of meteorites have been found, weighing about 53kg, bringing the total of meteorites discovered in Oman to 6,558, with a total weight of 4,775kg, according to the Public Authority for Mining (PAM).

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Salalah hotels await Khareef thrill

Monsoon is hanging everywhere on the Salalah mountains for more than two weeks now.
Its clear impact can be seen in the city in terms of nice weather, off and on normal to heavy drizzling and big umbrellas put up everywhere in front of numerous coffee shops spread over all parts of the city.
But for the hoteliers in Salalah something is missing amid these niceties. That something lies in the number of visitors this time around.
“Occupancy is there, demand is there, enquiries are on for the last week of July and whole of August, but spoiled by the Khareef demand we hoteliers probably are in the habit of boasting our ‘full occupancy’ tag. That is missing,” said a city-based hotel manager. >>
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9 family-friendly adventures in Oman

From camel rides and storytelling to dhow trips and turtle power, Oman’s richest experiences and activities are fun and accessible for adventurers big and small…

Children are doted on in Oman, so families travelling in the country will be greeted with genuine enthusiasm wherever they venture. Happily, the country’s richest experiences and activities are accessible for adventurers big and small, while local guides and operators go out of their way to accommodate your brood.

Here are some of our favourite family-friendly things to do in Oman...
1: Cruise the coast >>
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The charm of Fanja Souq

Fanja is just about 25 kilometres from Muscat. It is a historical town renowned for its hot springs, forts and watch towers. But other than the natural beauty of the place, one of its top attractions is its traditional souq.
The turn on the road that indicates the direction of the souq takes you on a picturesque road with the Sultan Qaboos Mosque of Fanja to the left a hard reference point to miss.
Once you get to the area, a sudden splash of colour and the rush of different activities will definitely get your attention. The souq is a row of shops filled with merchandise depending on the interest of the shop owners. The souq itself is under the supervision of the Municipality. It takes a while to register the variety of products that are on display.
Fanja is located in the Wilayat of Bidbid, and is the first town you’ll pass by if one wants to explore the Al Dakhiliya Governorate. The Fanja Souq, however, has products from different parts of Oman.
Yaqoob al Farsi was preparing for another typical day when Oman Observer team arrived to explore the souq. The summer is in its full swing but the shoppers to the souq continue to drive in not minding the hot temperature. There is plenty of parking area for the vehicles to park.
One of the first products you’d notice are the potteries. They vary in shapes and sizes and depending on their purpose. There are traditional clay pots to store drinking water, there are ceramic garden pots for plants and many others. >>
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Just feel how the weather dynamically changes in just few moments at the entrance of Salalah City , Dhofar region [ http://snip.ly/argk7 ] ☔️🌴🍃

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Towers, Castles Stand Witness of Deep History in Wadi Al Maawel

Dozens of archaeological towers and several old fortresses, castles and mosques testify to the depth of history and originality of the past in the Wilayat of Wadi Al Ma'awel in the Governorate of South Al Batinah, the historical status of this ancient wilayat, and the political, historical, social and cultural events that it has passed through. The Wilayat of Wadi Al Ma'awel had noble roles, and its scholars, books, poets have been mentioned in many works.

Sheikh Saleh bin Saud al-Ma'awali said that the Wilayat of Wadi al-Ma'awel is full of a large number of old towers and fortresses, houses, mosques and archaeological castles that remain a witness to the originality of its old history.

The Sultanate's Government, under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, is making great efforts to restore and preserve many of these monuments.

He added that one of the oldest and most important historical landmarks in the wilayat is the fortress of "Safala" in the center of Afi village in the Wilayat of Wadi Al Ma'awel and defensive fortifications that the castle famous for.

Sheikh al-Ma'awali also pointed out that one of the most important monuments in the wilayat is the Sheikh's room in Afi village. It is rectangular and surrounded by a group of palm trees. He added that Bait Matma' is also located in the village, on a cliff. Close to the Bait, there are modern houses and it was used for protection and built of mud and gravel.

He referred to Bait Al Ghasham in Al Shali village, which is one of the old houses that have a high status. It is located in a group of houses and farms. The house has been restored to host a range of social, tourist, religious, cultural and intellectual activities. It contains a library and theater visited by tourists throughout the year.

Sheikh al-Ma'awali also highlighted Al Mutla' fortress, saying that it has four towers with openings for fire. The fortress is located in the center of Afi village.

He also talked about Bait Al Khilaiwa, which is one of the old houses and could be seen by visitors or passersby from the main road linking the Wilayat of Barka and the Wilayat of Wadi Al Ma'awel.

There is also Burj Al Areeq that has a circular shape and is located inside the old neighborhood. It consists of one floor and one entrance. Nearby to the Burj, there is a water well that was used for protection. There is also Al Hujra Tower in the center of the village of Habra, and there are a number of new houses nearby the tower.

There is also Burj Al Za'ema in the same village overlooking the road linking the Wilayat of Barka and the Wilayat of Wadi Al Ma'awel. Burj Al Shamsi consists of one-floor and has square shape. Next to it, there is a Falaj "ancient irrigation system or water channel". The Burj is located on a flat ground in the village of Habra.

Sheikh al-Ma'awali said about Burj Al Wasit in Al Wasit village: "It is semi-existent and its shape is circular and consists of one floor and has one entrance. There is a new house adjacent to the tower".

As for Al Hujra Castle in Al Lajal village in the east of the wilayat, Sheikh al-Ma'awali said: "The castle stands on the top of a mountain. It exists and has a number of rooms".

Al Hadria Burj Neighborhood is a semi-circular, overlooking a group of date-palm trees and a group of mud houses.

He also touched on the monuments in a Masalmat village. He said: "In the old Al Hujra Neighborhood, Burj Al Hujra is located on a hill surrounded by a group of date-palm trees and new houses. It has a water well and fire openings. It consists of two floors and has one entrance. Burj Al Fori is surrounded by a group of date-palm farms and new houses".

Sheikh al-Ma'awali referred to the archaeological sites in a number of villages in Wadi Mestal in the Wilayat of Wadi Al Ma'awel in the Governorate of South Al Batinah, including Al Ghubrah village where Burj Al Ghubrah is located.
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A wonder that is Salalah

Salalah has slipped into the magnificence of the monsoon season. The season here is distinct amid distinctive natural diversity of Dhofar where the coast blends with the mountains and the desert is in wonderful harmony so that the mountains look like a fertile crescent, rising to a height of 1,500 metres and then descending into a flat plain that embraces sandy beaches stretching for hundreds of kilometres.
One can imagine the magnificence of this province with 20-26 degrees Celsius temperatures when most part of the Arabian Peninsula witnesses temperatures beyond 45 degrees in summer. And there is good news for those who were waiting to hear whether khareef has settled in Salalah or not. Two days of continuous drizzling in the city confirms that it has settled, while it settled on the mountains for more than a week now. >>
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Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture
- Fostering Sustainable Development -

Hosted by the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat from 11 to 12 December 2017, the Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: Fostering Sustainable Development, official event of the IY2017, will explore ways to build and strengthen partnerships between the Tourism and Culture sectors and enhancing their role in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reflecting upon the outcomes of the First World Conference, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia in February 2015. >>
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Wahat Ateen Project Enhances Tourism Services in Dhofar

The Ministry of Tourism is consistently working on improving the existing facilities in the Governorate of Dhofar and introducing new projects to meet the demands of tourists during the Khareef season. The recently concluded Wahat Ateen project is a step in the same direction. The project stretches over 150,000 square kilometers and is located in Ateen plain - a popular tourism destination for visitors during Khareef - that includes various entertainment options and services.
Pleasing to the eye, the project has been designed in spectacular geometric shapes to reflect the beauty of the natural landscapes surrounding it. Obvious from the construction of the building - the Wahat Ateen project is eco-friendly and constructed using natural stones. Not just this - the project also comprises trees and plants that are watered using modern agricultural methods.
It is noteworthy that a thorough study was conducted before the
implantation of the project, to explore the various types of plants that
could be used at the site. Several imported plants are thus a part of the
beautiful collection of plants found at Wahat Ateen. That’s not all
Wahat Ateen boasts of picturesque highlands, bridges, and passages;
all of which provide breathtaking views.
Wahat Ateen has 10 grilling stations that are maintained regularly to
help cook and eat, as well as serve delicious traditional Omani food.
The grilling stations also provide an additional source of income to
families in the region. Keeping health as top priority, the local
slaughterhouse is at the same location as the grilling stations so that
the meat that is cooked by the families and visitors is both fresh and
safe. Several family restaurants that serve grilled Omani food
specialties are also part of the landscape.
For the benefit of visitors and campers, Wahat Ateen also has several
wooden shacks at Ateen plain, as well as wide yards that can be used
for a variety of purposes. In keeping in mind the culture and heritage of
the region – Wahat Ateen’s gates are inspired from Arab and Islamic
architecture.
Having high quality medical facilities, Wahat Ateen also has a long
walkway overlooking panoramic views set in a refreshing and relaxing
environment. For those who take their health and fitness seriously - the
area also comprises of outdoor sporting equipment.
Wahat Ateen offers playgrounds and a variety of activities for
children of all ages. In order to provide children with a natural playing
environment, the playgrounds have been constructed using beach
sand. The grounds also have specially designated areas for parents,
from where they can keep an eye on their children as they play.
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