Explore the sumptuous interiors of a Cave of Wonders right out of Arabian lore, when you experience the natural splendour of the Majilis Al Jinn Cave, the one and official “meeting place of the Jinns (genies)”. Let your imagination soar as high as Aladdin’s carpet as you luxuriate within the opulent surrounds of one of the finest Oman hotels nestled within the splendid city of Muscat. Perhaps consider the Ruwi Hotel Muscat which is a splendid hotel in Muscat that is perfect for rest and rejuvenation before you follow Al’s footsteps right into the heart of magic and myth. In addition to serving as the administrative centre of magical wish-granters, the Majilis Al Jinn also claimed the title of being the second-largest natural cave in the world when first surveyed in 1985, with the ability to hold around 30 commercial jets, roughly the size of your average genie when he or she shoots out of the lamp, eager to grant your three wishes (no wishing for more wishes!). Situated around 100km east of the capital of Muscat, the cave encompasses impressive dimensions of 310 metres by 225 metres, covered with a stunning cathedral-esque ceiling that is 120 metres high and only 40 metres thick. The only entry points into the cave is via three holes at the very top, which means that if you want to play Aladdin, you’ll have to be content with a free descent that is 225 metres high. Prepare to be truly awed at this majestic naturally-formed chamber, which stokes the dreamer’s fires with visions of genies, lamps, sumptuous jewels, majestic Arabian palaces, and power-hungry vizirs and psychotic talking parrots, if you’ve seen the Disney version of Aladdin.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.