The Desert That Blooms – A closer look at Oman

The United Arab Emirates had always been a place of interest to me since I was a kid. Maybe it was the way they were portrayed in Aladdin or in other stories that made their places to me seem so magical. It was like a whole new world with just sand, heat and a lifetime’s worth of cactuses. Well, that’s what I thought anyway. But really, even the depiction in cartoons does not match the real splendor of Oman.

Oman is the richest Arab country with a great big economy, their currency coming only second to Kuwait. Their wealth shows all over their country and its really all for the best. I know, for instance, what you think of when you hear desert….but no. Oman isn’t like that at all.

Their roads are not dirt roads. They’re actually huge roads with four lanes on each side. In the middle of their roads, you’ll see the greenest islands ever in your life that it’s quite easy to forget you’re in a desert. The side of the road tells the same story. All of their buildings are well architectured and they sell so much gold, it would make the riches of some of the third world countries to shame.

No one ever steals anything. Like, you can leave your stuff anywhere and it’ll still be there when you get back. If you leave your wallet or phone in the cab, the driver’s gonna go back to you and return it too! They’re the nicest and most liberated Arabs around so if you’re thinking of going to an Arab country, this is a very good choice.

Only in Oman too, have I seen a barrage of posh cars lining up in one garage. Yes, the grandest and most expensive cars.

But the most distinctive thing I’ve ever seen in Oman, I cannot describe. It’s this feeling of awe. There are much to see in this country even in the natural landscape aspect alone — there are river beds, desert sands, mountains, beaches and the likes.

When travelling here, it is best to go anytime from April onwards.

I'm Phoebe, a writer who lives in the bustling city of Manila in the Philippines. Apart from staying in this archipelagic country with various interesting beaches, mountains and plains, hey,I still want to travel the world. I was lucky to visit a few Asian countries. I found the (very!) best egg tarts I've ever tasted in Jordan, Kowloon; fell truly in-love with Thailand's serenity and Phuket's seascape; visited Singapore three times and finding out new interesting places each time; and flew at 72 meters above sea level in Sentosa's Zipline. With these few trips, it fueled me to achieve more travels in the next few years. I dreamt to travel farther and wider across the globe, with the promise of setting foot on Paris before I die. I'm not afraid to travel alone. And I'm not afraid to get lost, that is part of the journey. I can walk all day and night exploring the city, the culture and relish the different delicacies. With travelling, there is much languages to learn, cultures to understand, people to know, and I am ready for that. These all shows the risk-taker in me. Apart from jumping to different places, I love to work and to write (wherein working and writing does not make any difference to me). I take opportunities as they come, with the fear that it will never come again. With that said, I am very eager to take part on each of your journeys and share whatever experiences and knowledge I have to help each of you (our readers) have a trip that you cannot forget. Cheers!