Oman has two sites where pink lakes are formed: One in Al Suwaih Beach in Jalaan Bani Bu Ali in South Sharqiyah, and the other in Al Jazir in Al Wusta governorate. According to a study, the lakes get their pink colour due to the presence of an algae called Dunaliella salina .
Jalaan Bani Bu Ali, a 300km drive from Muscat, has many tourist spots and archaeological sites. In addition to a unique geographic setting, the place is perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
The Governorate of Dhofar is a key attraction for tourists not just from the sultanate, the Gulf and Arab nations, but also from other countries, especially from June to September every year. During the khareef season, the mountains take on a beautiful green hue. The Salalah Tourism Festival, held from July 11 to August 22, is also a key tourist attraction. You need around 12 hours to drive down to Salalah.
Not many people are aware that when monsoon envelops Dhofar, Al Ashkharah, a town in Sharqiyah and 80km from Ras al Hadd, too gets the cool and gentle breeze making it a perfect summer getaway. With its vast expanse of beaches, and the newly launched Atana Stay al Ashkhara, the place is a great staycation option. The distance between Muscat and Al Ashkharah is about 230km.
Famous for its pristine white sugar dunes, the Khaluf village is close to the town of Filim, in the wilayat of Mahout in Al Wusta. The dunes stretch all the way to the coast. It is worth exploring and boasts one of the most beautiful white sand beaches with crystal clear water, contrasting with the pure white sand. It is located about 450km south of Muscat.
Harat al Bilad
Harat al Bilad in the wilayat of Manah is considered as one of Oman’s most popular and oldest historical sites. It dates back to the 5th Islamic century and was opened recently after being renovated by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. A local Omani firm has been appointed to run the operations of the historic site. It is barely two hours from Muscat and about 15 minutes from Nizwa.