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 my friend Abdullah, who was kind enough to act as my unofficial tour guide this trip. We traveled a couple hours south of Muscat to his hometown village in Tiwi. From there we camped out on the mountainside, hiked and swam through Wadi Tiwi,  and played some football with his local club on the coast.

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