18 Sep My Trip to Oman
The minute I stepped into Oman 🇴🇲 I was captivated, I’d never seen a clear skyline so bright. It’s a background that adorned the mountains, Rivers, Sea, Islands, and valleys. Nature in Oman wears the colors of my spirit. I fell in love in an instant.
I visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque from outside it looks like a typical Arab Architecture. Arab architecture is one of the world’s most celebrated building traditions. Known for its radiant colors, rich patterns, and symmetrical silhouettes, this distinctive approach has been popular in the Muslim world since the 7th century.
Further approach towards the mosque I was thrilled by its grace. An artistic form of saying elegance loudly without words. Something the Arabs have self-thought themselves many centuries ago. The interiors and Chandeliers of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque make the word “MAGNIFICENT” more meaningful, they are elaborately positioned. The largest of the chandeliers is located in the center of the men’s prayer hall and measures a staggering 14 meters and weighs 8,5 tons. It holds 600,000 shining bright Swarovski crystals, 24-carat gold plating and took more than four years to complete
Then I proceeded to Muttrah. Muttrah is the center of commerce in Oman as one of the largest seaports of the region is located there. A beautiful ship graces the sea. The beautiful ship is called Al Said / ال سعيد it belongs to his Royal Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said al Said.
I continued Muscat tour to Dhiqa Wadi. I really enjoyed staring from an encampment at the top of Al Dhiqa Wadi, The view of the valley below is one of the gifts of nature, to teach and remind us of life’s lessons; “Once you block out the noise of everyday life and tune into the natural environment, all the answers are there”.
And from there I journeyed to Hawiyat Najam Park where the famous Bimmah Sinkhole is located. Bimmah Sinkhole is a filled depression, structurally a sinkhole, in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in the Sultanate of Oman. A lake of turquoise waters, it is 50 m by 70 m wide and approximately 20 m deep. It is only about 600 m away from the sea, between the coastal towns of Ḑibāb and Bimmah. Science believe is that the sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to the dissolution of the underlying limestone. However, Omani locals believe that it was created by a meteorite, ‘Hawaiyat Najm’, which translates to ‘The Falling Star’ in Arabic, and hence the name.
Bimmah Sinkhole inspired me to write a poem;
Nature is everything… The deeper you fall into it, the more you will come to believe that something/someone greater than living and non-living exists.
It must be God, Allah, Jah, Rah, Jehovah… whatever name you wanna call it.
He creates and he destroys, depending on your perception of things you see or affected with.
Whichever way you’re touched or however you see his works either in nature forms & reforms or in the perfection of human to imperfect looks of some others (deformities) you will come to understand that all is carved out of beauty to more beauty and that’s where the inner peace begins.
And that takes me to another location still a township near the city of Muscat called Ras Al Jinz. Ras al-Jinz is the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a nesting site for green turtles, as also is the beach at the local village of Ras al Hadd. It is home to the famous ‘RAS AL JINZ TURTLE RESERVE’. Important archaeological discoveries have also been made at this site, demonstrating the Indus Valley connections in ancient times.
And here ends my three days and four nights trip to Muscat the capital of Oman.