The Saiq Plateau is located in the north eastern side of Oman and is 6,500 feet above sea level. The plateau can be found within the mountain range of Al Hajar Mountains, which are known to be the highest in the country, with the tallest peak, known as Jebel Shams measuring to approximately 10,000 feet. There are quite a few accommodation options available in the central section of Al Hajar Mountains such as Alila Jabal Akhdar, for those who want to be surrounded by the rugged Arabian landscape during their stay. The mountainous region is known to be one of the most popular and breathtaking tourist destinations. Jabal Akdhar translates to Green Mountain in the local dialect of Arabic. When you visit Oman, sightseeing options are abundant, most of which give you a good insight to the local’s way of life and their culture and heritage.
Due to its high altitude and Mediterranean climate, the plateau has been extensively farmed for over 1000 years with a variety of vegetables and fruits grown here, such as peaches, grapes, apples, pomegranates, pears etc. The area is also known to be famous for growing the damask rose, which is in full bloom from March to May and covers the entire side of the mountain in shades of pink.
Those who wish to explore the Saiq Plateau can do so by a 6 hour trek which can be accessed via a tarmac road. Trekkers can even walk through the rose terraces, which are harvested each year for the production of the famed Omani rose water. Rose water is a popular household item in Oman, as it’s used for cooking, medicinal remedy and as a fragrance. The area of Nizwa is a treasure trove that depicts local history and culture within their many heritage sites such as the Nizwa Fort, Bahla Fort and the Jabreen Castle.
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