OmanOman is a hidden gem on the Arabian Peninsula where visitors can experience bustling culture, contrasting with endless open sands. Muscat has modern boutiques alongside ancient, bustling souks. At the heart of the old walled city stands the Sultan’s beautiful Palace, guarded by the twin Portuguese forts of Jalali and Nirani. Just outside the city are the contrasting rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands, the Wadi Gul with its 1 km drop - Oman’s answer to the Grand Canyon; and miles of untouched golden sandy beaches. Scott Dunn’s highlights for Oman: Discover the dramatic Zighy mountains on the Musandam Peninsula. Paraglide over Zighy Bay, a truly thrilling experience; try this for stunning views of the bay below and an adrenaline rush. Explore Ras al-Jinz, part of the eastern Arabian Peninsula. An important turtle nesting site; be sure to visit in the evenings to watch them lay their eggs.