Known as the “Green Mountain”, Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a nearly 3,000-metre tall mountain that’s part of the Al Hajar Range; visit here and discover a whole new side of Oman.
You can visit age-old villages to be found amidst mountainous terrains, wadis and orchards. Certain Oman luxury resorts at Al Jabal Al Akhdar, offer guided tours with hikes to remote villages where time seemingly stands still; you can discover traditional livelihoods, historical falaj irrigation systems and pristine natural beauty.
In 1986, the late Princess Diana of Wales came here and one of the places she stood and took in the stunning vistas is now a special viewpoint. Part of the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, this platform is set amidst dramatic canyon views you can enjoy a unique dining experience as you watch the sunset and stars twinkle to life.
Rose Water Distilleries
From March till the middle of May each year, Damask roses can be seen blooming on the mountain slopes. Some resorts offer special tours of local distilleries to witness the traditional process of how these Damask roses are used to create fragrant rose water that is said to have healing properties too.
Wadi Bani Habib
Another key attraction is Wadi Bani Habib; it is set amidst pomegranates trees and walnut groves that add to the site’s charm. Ideal to visit for those who enjoy hikes, one of the distinct features of this wadi is that you will also find an abandoned village at the bottom of the valley which is worth exploring.