Where: The wilayat of Nizwa is in Dakhiliyah region and is about 140 kilometres from Muscat. It is one of the oldest cities in Oman and is known to be the centre of trade and education.
What’s Special: Nizwa Fort is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting the place. It was built in the 1668 AD by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi. Nizwa Fort is one of the country’s oldest and most well-preserved forts. From pottery and other crafts one can find many traditional artefacts here. According to Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, “Nizwa Fort was built in the middle of the 17th century. The fort, which took 12 years to build, is linked with a castle by means of intricate corridors. Near the fort and castle is the traditional Nizwa market famous for its artefacts.”
One can also find several date palms here. One cannot miss the old world charms of the Nizwa souq. There are several shops here that sell traditional goods and local products. From spices, dates and pottery items to silverware, carpets and lamps, one can find everything here. Meat, fish, fruits and vegetables are also sold in the daily market. Falaj Daris, the largest falaj in Oman, and Al Ghantuq and Dhoot are the important falajs in Nizwa.
Livelihood: Farming is the main occupation here. Nizwa is also known for sugar processing, hide tanning, mats and metalwork industries.