Land of Frankiincense and home of Sindbad
Although we know that the adventures of Sindbad are the invention of a storyteller, the scenes and events correspond to reality. And part of it can still be discovered in Oman today. Of all the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate still has the most of this ancient Arabian atmosphere. Oman is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world, characterized by intense natural beauty, diverse landscapes, endless sandy beaches, sun all year round, friendly people, rich culture, fascinating architecture and unique bazaars. The DuMont Travel Guide Travel \'True Oman\' is an optimal and reliable companion in which the best tours and a wealth of tips for activities and special experiences as well as numerous background information is compactly summarized.
The author Gerhard Heck has explored Oman extensively on many trips. He describes vividly and knowledgeably the contrasts of the country and guides readers to fantastic sites and places, from Muscat and the Capital Area, to the fertile oases and high plateaus of the interior; to the rugged mountains and fjords of Musandam, unique desert landscapes of the Wahiba Sands, and the mud fortresses at impressive Bahla, Jabrin and Rustaq. Profound regional studies, political and historical knowledge permeates his text. In many personal tips, he suggests for instance what to consider when buying incense; what is really going on with the Iranian-Omani trade in the port of Khasab; or how one can best relax and recover from a hectic day in the luxury resort of Zighy Bay.
For all cities, regions and outstanding attractions, there are practical tips on opening times, directions, as well as the addresses of the respective tourism offices, the best hotels, restaurants with the appropriate Internet links. Concentrated in a separate chapter are interesting facts for the organization and arrangement of a tour of Oman; shopping, sporting activities, even a language guide. Added background is about nature and culture, history and politics in a general introductory section. Extremely informative and in depth are the scattered subjects pages: entertaining entries about the characteristics and peculiarities of the Arabic culture, including how a henna tattoo is created; how Oman\'s water supply functions; what the muezzin calls from the minaret; and what a great influence Sultan Qaboos has had on shaping his country.
For a quick orientation while on the road there is extensive map material; on one hand a versatile and accurate travel atlas; on the other a host of regional maps.
The brilliant photographs provide atmosphere, with history \'narrated\' through images of people and landscapes. The pictures open the doors of the wonderful world of the souks, the Omani mountains spread at the feet of the observer, faces tell stories and, in contrast to shimmering desert heat, stir up the cool water of the oases and the turquoise sea, creating the desire for a refreshing bath. But current developments threaten to change Oman\'s originality: mega-projects such as Blue City, and amusement parks and hotels are being planned. Anyone who wants to experience the original Oman should hurry up!