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Overview

Oman is a wonderland for travelers with a keen interest in geology. Geological stories can be found just about anywhere, from Oman’s highest mountain, Jebel Shams, to the mega-dunes of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). It is the only country in the world composed mostly of oceanic crust and rocks that originate from the Earth’s mantle.

Evidence of continental drift can be witnessed in many unusual rock formations and topography around Oman, including the coastline around Muscat. Therefore, it is no wonder that Oman is described as the “paradise of geology.” The diverse and fascinating displays on mountains, deserts, caves, and wadis are fantastic for studying the details of both continental and oceanic plates. The geology of Oman represents a history of more than 800 million years and resembles almost all the chapters of tectonic events and climatic conditions throughout the earth’s history. You can touch the Moho, which separates the earth’s crust from the Mantle. You can also see the beginning (and development) of life on this wonderful planet.  In partnership with academic and professional geological entities, Oman Secrets offers geological tours, including geological field trips, workshops, and tourist activities.

Geological Sites:

  • The information below is taken from an article by Prof. Michael P. Searle from the Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, entitled “Preserving Oman’s Geological Heritage: Proposal for Establishment of World Heritage Sites, National Geoparks and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).” The article was published in the Geological Society of London’s Special Publications in January Prof. Searle divided the geological sites in Oman into three categories: Proposed World Heritage Sites, Proposed National Geo Parks, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

 1)  Proposed World Heritage Sites

  • Semail Ophiolite
  • Jebel Al-Akhdar
  • Musandam Peninsula

 2)  Proposed National Geo Parks

  • As Sifah Eclogite
  • Wadi Mayh Sheath Fold
  • Jebel Misht Exotic Limestone
  • Jebel Kawr Exotic
  • Jebel Milh
  • Majlis al-Jinn Cave
  • Jebel Sumeini North
  • Wadi Bani Khalid
  • Jebel Fahud
  • Wahiba Sands (Al Sharquiya Sands)
  • Umm al-Sammim
  • Huqf Escarpment
  • Jebel Saiwan, Huqf Reef
  • Qarat al-Milh: Qarat Kibrit Salt Domes
  • Qarn Sahmah Salt Dome
  • Ramlat Barik (Rub al-Khali)
  • Ras Madrakah Ophiolite
  • Duqm Rock Garden
  • Bar al-Hikman Sabkha
  • Masirah Island Ophiolite
  • Wadi Shuwaymiyah
  • Jebel Samhan
  • Marbat Pains Proterozoic Basement
  • Wadi Darbat Travertine Waterfall
  • Tawi Atair sinkhole
  • Jebel Al Qamar and Rakhyut: Mughsayl Seacliffs
  • Ramlat Fasad and Wadi Mitan,
3)  Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • Madhah Granulite Sole
  • Jebel Ghawil Exotic
  • Jebel Hafit Fold
  • Wadi Rajmi Ophiolite
  • Jebel Qumayrah, Asjudi
  • Jebel Rais
  • Al Hoti Cave
  • Wadi Abiad Ophiolite Section
  • Fahal Island
  • Muscat Area and Bandar Jissah
  • Bandar Khuyran
  • Dibab Sinkhole
  • Wadi Shab
  • Wadi Daykah
  • Ba’id Exotic
  • Wadi Tayyin Metamorphic Sole, ‘Green Pool’ Locality
  • Jebel Ja’alan Basement
  • Al Ashkirah Lamprophyre Dykes
  • Kuria Muria (Al Halaniyat) Islands

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This is a specialized tour program that is built around the needs and requirements of the client. Therefore, the itinerary will be created based on discussions between the client and OS. Please Contact Us to create your own tour itinerary.

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  • Visa Application Processing
  • Meet and Greet at Airports
  • English (or other languages) Speaking Drivers and Tour Guides
  • Professional Trainers or Lecturers (if requested)
  • Transportation for Tours and Programs
  • Accommodation in Agreed Hotels and Camps for Selected Nights.
  • Meals During Tours or Programs
  • Sightseeing, Tourist, and Cultural Programs
  • Education Program, Workshops and Training Activities (if requested)
  • Official Permits and Approvals (if requested)
  • Equipment and Technical Support (if requested)
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