Looking for the most Instagrammable places in Oman? Don't worry, we've got you and your feed covered
26 July 2022| Last updated on 26 July 2022
A guide to the top 10 best spots for photos in Oman.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to take beautiful photos.
With lovely architecture, historical sites, and gorgeous pockets of wadi greenery, there are loads of Instagrammable places in Oman. Visiting and exploring the Sultanate can be exciting for photographers, content creators, and those looking to up their game on Instagram.
For that reason, we've created a guide to the best places to take pictures in Oman.
1.) Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque of Muscat
You are allowed to take photos during visiting hours at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque of Muscat. It is one of the most beautiful mosques in the Middle East, with lovely interiors and gorgeous architecture.
As it is a religious place, we ask expats and tourists to be respectful of the site while visiting. Ladies must wear long sleeves, long trousers or a dress that must cover the ankles, and a headscarf. It's prohibited to wear shorts for both men and women while at the mosque.
Visitor hours for foreigners at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is from 8 AM to 11 AM daily.
Pictured: The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque of Muscat
2.) Jebel Akhdar
Looking for ways to spruce up your Instagram feed? Strap on your hiking shoes and visit Jebel Akhdar in the Hajar Mountains of Oman.
Jebel Akhdar offers plenty of opportunities for exploring and photo memories with its refreshing wadis and orchards, where you'll find apricots, roses, and pomegranates growing.
3.) Wadi Shab
Oman is famous for its wadis, and among these valleys of streams, orchards, and palm groves is the Wadi Shab (meaning "gorge between the cliffs" in Arabic), located near Muscat.
Snap some shots near the crystal clear waterfalls, bathe in the freshwater pools, and explore the abundance of green cliffs on foot.
Pictured: Wadi Shab, Oman
4.) Ramlat Jadilah
Ramlat Jadilah, located in the Dhofar Region of Oman, is the world's highest sand dune, at 455 metres above sea level.
The eye-catching orange and red sands make for striking photos, especially during sunset and sunrise. We recommend visiting Ramlat Jadliah with a local guide and a four-wheeler vehicle, so you can safely navigate the dunes.
5.) Grand Canyon
For some of the best outdoor views in Oman, visit the local Grand Canyon, or Wadi Ghul.
If you are disciplined enough to go at sunrise, the views are a real treat and you'll get to photograph some truly stunning pictures.
Pictured: Hiker in the Omani Grand Canyon
6.) Nizwa Fort
Coming back to the hustle and bustle of the main cities, another photogenic spot in Oman is located around 2 hours away from Muscat at the ancient city of Nizwa.
One of the most visited locations in the Sultanate, the Nizwa Fort is a fort, museum, and castle in one. Climb the stairs of this heritage site, and from there you can catch panoramic views of the city and its surrounding mountains.
7.) Ayn Athum waterfalls in Salalah
This magical, scenic spot looks straight out of an adventure fairytale, and can be found in Jebel Qara located east of Salalah city.
You'll find azure waters surrounded by a limestone waterfall, and lush greenery. It is recommended to visit during monsoon season, as the waterfall appears after heavy rains.
Pictured: Ayn Athum waterfall in Salalah, Oman
8.) Bimmah Sinkhole
Up close, the Bimmah Sinkhole is one of the most beautiful Oman photography locations. Located near Muscat, the crystal clear water invites visitors to take a refreshing dip and, of course, take a pic!
The sinkhole was created when the underlying limestone dissolved, causing the surface layer to collapse. However, according to locals, the origin of the sinkhole traces back to when a meteorite landed there, hence it also has the name 'Hawiyyat Najm' (meaning "the deep well of the star" in Arabic).
Pictured: Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman
9.) Royal Opera House Muscat
Absolutely worth the visit, the Royal Opera House Muscat is a luxurious piece of Arabesque architecture, featuring white marble and inlaid wood.
Whether you're there for a live performance, a tour, or to take photos, Oman's premiere venue for musical and performing arts makes for an Instagrammable moment.
Pictured: Left - Royal Opera House Muscat building / Right - Entrance hall
10.) Bahla Fort
Listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, the Bahla Fort is a beautiful abode that grants a window into Omani history and culture. It boasts impressive sandstone towers that are up to 165 feet in height, making it a great place to take some photos.
Pictured: Bahla Fort UNESCO Heritage Site in Jebel Akhdar, Oman