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Nizwa is a city in Northern Oman.



Nizwa was the captial of Oman in the 6th and 7th century. In the 17th century an imposing fort was built by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'ribi. In the early 1950s the large round tower of the fort was bombed and the British Royal Air Force was requested to assist in the supression of the revolt. Since the 1970s, Nizwa has become a more modern city although maintaining strong traditional architecture.

Get in

The Fort Timings are Sat to Thu 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 11am only.

Get around



Don't miss the Thursday and Friday morning goat market next to the souq. Be there at around 7:30 and you can enjoy the last hour of the goat market. It happens around a round structure where business is brisk with a lot of shouting, haggling and handslaps. Truly Arabian and wonderful.

The castle close by is also worth a visit, especially for the view of the town.


A stroll in the souq is always worth an hour or two. The old part of the souq houses the spices. Vanilla, safron, dried lemons and nuts of all types,


For Fast foods visit LULU hypermarket. it has PizzaHut , KFC and other outlets.



Safari Hotel. [2] 3 star hotel with fitness centre, massage, billiards, Turkish/steam bath, outdoor swimming pool and restaurant.

  • Nizwa Hotel Apartments, P.O BOX 365, Hay Al Tourath (Next to Nizwa sports complex/stadium), +968 25431558, [1]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. New opening located amidst the panoramic Hajjar mountains offers 68 modern and contemporary apartments linking capital Muscat and all sought after Nizwa tourist attractions. Free large parking and wi-fi internet facilitates the guests.In house multi-cuisine restaurant serves buffet breakfast and all meals. 53. (22.904311,57.582705)


Get out

  • Wahiba Sands is a desert located relatively close to Nizwa. It consists of sand dunes, up to 100 metres high and 170 km long, stretching south. There are several camps in Wahiba Sands where it is possible to camp and experience the desert, do some camel riding, dune bashing and relaxation. Seeing the sun setting in Wahiba Sands is truly wonderful!

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