Nizwa

 

Nizwa is a city in northern Oman.

It is one of the oldest cities in Oman and the capital in the 6th and 7th century, when it was a center of trade, religion, education and art.

Its Jama (grand mosque) was formerly a center for Islamic learning, while an imposing fort built in the 17th century by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’ribi remains today.

Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of Dhofar thus serving as the link for a large part of the country.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Falaj Daris Hotel

Offering an outdoor pool and fitness centre, Falaj Daris Hotel is located in Nizwa. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$143

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Majan Guest House L.L.C.

Majan Guest House offers modern accommodation on the main road linking Firq to historical Nizwa. It features a 24-hour reception desk, currency exchange facilities and free private parking. Rooms at Majan Guest House L.L.C. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$73 - $156

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Al Diyar Hotel

Offering 2 outdoor pools and free WiFi, Diyar Hotel is located in Nizwa. The historic Nizwa souq is a 6-minute drive from the hotel. Lolo hypermarket is 4 km away The modern rooms at Diyar Hotel are air-conditioned. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$78

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Nizwa Hotel Apartments

Situated in Nizwa, Nizwa Hotel Apartments offers self-catering accommodations with a private kitchen. It features free Wi-Fi in all areas and a 24-hour front desk that arranges babysitting services upon request. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

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Safari Hotel

Located in Nizwa, 6 km from Nizwa Souq, Safari Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Every room has a TV. Some rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Each room comes with a private bathroom. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Safari Hotel

Safari Hotel

Located in Nizwa, 6 km from Nizwa Souq, Safari Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Every room has a TV. Some rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Each room comes with a private bathroom. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$65

$65-
Majan Guest House L.L.C.

Majan Guest House L.L.C.

Majan Guest House offers modern accommodation on the main road linking Firq to historical Nizwa. It features a 24-hour reception desk, currency exchange facilities and free private parking. Rooms at Majan Guest House L.L.C. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$73 - $156

$73-
Al Diyar Hotel

Al Diyar Hotel

Offering 2 outdoor pools and free WiFi, Diyar Hotel is located in Nizwa. The historic Nizwa souq is a 6-minute drive from the hotel. Lolo hypermarket is 4 km away The modern rooms at Diyar Hotel are air-conditioned. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$78

$78-
Al Karam Hotel Apartment

Al Karam Hotel Apartment

Located in Nizwa, Al Karam Hotel Apartment offers simply furnished rooms and self-catering accommodation. It features a restaurant that includes a 24-hour room service. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$88

$88-
Dream House Apartment

Dream House Apartment

Located in Firq, Nizwa, Dream House Apartment offers simply furnished accommodations. It features free Wi-Fi in all areas. Lulu Hypermarket is 700 metres away. All units feature tiled floors and wooden furniture. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$109

$109-
Nizwa Hotel Apartments

Nizwa Hotel Apartments

Situated in Nizwa, Nizwa Hotel Apartments offers self-catering accommodations with a private kitchen. It features free Wi-Fi in all areas and a 24-hour front desk that arranges babysitting services upon request. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

$117-
Falaj Daris Hotel

Falaj Daris Hotel

Offering an outdoor pool and fitness centre, Falaj Daris Hotel is located in Nizwa. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$143

$143-

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Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Falaj Daris -- Aflaj Irrigation System

Falaj Daris is the largest falaj in Oman, and the life-source of Nizwa and the surrounding countryside. Al Ghantuq and Dhoot are two other important falajs in Nizwa. Farming is widely practiced and the town's immense palm farms stretches for eight kilometers along the course of two wadis (Kalbouh and Al Abiadh). Also in practice are red sugar processing and hide tanning.

Numerous watchtowers built to defend the water systems form part of the site reflecting the historic dependence of communities on the aflaj system. The origins of this system of irrigation may date back to AD 500, but archaeological evidence suggests that irrigation systems existed in this extremely arid area as early as 2500 BC. The fair and effective management and sharing of water in villages and towns is still underpinned by mutual dependence and communal values and guided by astronomical observations.
Scenic Local Market
Nizwa Souq. The city has an expansive souq with an array of products. The souq bustles with vendors selling everything from meat, fish, fruits and vegetables to spices, dates, gold and silverware. Nizwa is renowned for its silver jewelry which is considered to be the best in the country. Its people are masters in Khanjar making (curved dagger), recognized for its distinctive style and patterns. They also make copper ware, coffee pots, swords, leather goods and pottery.

Nizwa is also known for its goat market on Thursday and Friday mornings, located next to the souq. It ends around 8:30am, so get there early. Business is brisk with a lot of shouting, haggling and handslaps. Very much a part of the local culture.
Also of Interest:
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Castles and Forts
Natural
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