The Sultanate of Oman is a Middle Eastern country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west, and Yemen in the southwest. It’s a beautiful country with a diverse landscape and a culturally rich heritage dating back over 106,000 years. It is the oldest independent state in the Arab world, under rule by the Al-Said family since 1744, but has only recently opened up for tourism in the late 1980s.

I took a trip there to visit an Omani friend of mine named Abdullah, who I met on a previous visit during a hike through Wadi Shab. Abdullah was kind enough to act as my unofficial tour guide this trip, so we traveled 2 hours south of Muscat to his hometown village of Tiwi. From there we camped out on the mountainside, hiked and swam through Wadi Tiwi, played soccer with his local club on the coast, and ate some of the tastiest homemade chicken Biryrani.

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