This Oman Destination Wedding Itinerary Will Inspire You To Plan You Own Oman Wedding

WeddingSutra’s Features Writer Pallavi Mehra was a guest at a destination wedding in Oman. She shares her experience at this one-of-a-kind immersive destination wedding.

Who doesn’t love destination weddings? It’s the first step into matrimony for the couple and a vacation for everyone else. This summer, I flew to Muscat, Oman, for an Indian destination wedding of my friends Jeff and Leta. The couple wanted their guests to do more than just meet and greet. They planned a range of activities which allowed their friends and loved ones to discover stunning, scenic Oman. Here are some activities I enjoyed which may inspire your own destination wedding itinerary in Oman.

Day 1

Explore Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

We started out by visiting the quietly imposing Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It is the second-largest mosque in the world and features a beautiful prayer hall with a striking hand-loom Iranian carpet that is the second-largest one in the world. You are required to dress modestly if you visit this sacred spot and be respectful of people offering prayers. The mosque is known to be one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Oman.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Go Shopping at Mutrah Souq

The Mutrah Souq in Muscat is an old-world marketplace which is situated at Muscat’s shipping port. It is one of the most vibrant souqs in the Middle East. Imagine exploring endless rows of shops showcasing dried fruits, spices, antiques, textiles, jewelry and semi-precious stones. We loved shopping in the narrow lanes and the souq was buzzing with life and colors.

Shopping at Mutrah Souq

Shopping at Mutrah Souq

Day 2

Trek in Wadi Shab

On the second day, we went on a two-hour drive from Muscat to Wadi Shab, which means ‘Gorge Between Cliffs’ in Arabic. We took a boat across the river, hiked through a stunning valley, then swam through azure pools to reach a hidden cave with a waterfall. It is absolutely gorgeous and one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever done.

Wadi Shab
Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab

Relish Omani cuisine

After an afternoon of physical activity, we were famished. We went to one of the locals’ favorite restaurants known as Kargeen. Kargeen is an upscale eatery in Muscat with majlis-style seating which serves great Omani food. We tried out Omani Shuwa which is a slow-roasted lamb recipe that typically takes several days to prepare. It is also considered Oman’s national dish. Other noteworthy items served here were Arabic Shawarma and Pistachio Cake.

Relish Omani cuisinePhoto Source: Muscat Bay

Relish Omani cuisine

Relish Omani cuisine
Relish Omani cuisine

Day 3

Go Dolphin Spotting at Marina Bandar

We drove to Marina Bandar (a 30-minute drive from Muscat) and cruised the Persian Gulf alongside dozens of dolphins. Seeing the playful dolphins against Oman’s picturesque coastline was a sight to behold. We got off at a private beach for a day of partying, snorkeling and watersports.

Marina Bandar

Marina Bandar

Marina Bandar

Dress Up for Drama at the Royal Opera House

The day wasn’t over yet. We dressed up to attend an Omani performance at Muscat’s Royal Opera House – a distinctively elegant building that has seen some of the most famous names in opera and ballet perform here. There’s a sociable ambiance at the restaurants and coffee shops outside the Royal Opera House, and I enjoyed window-shopping at the opulent Opera Galleria.

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House

Day 4

Go ‘Glamping’ in the Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands, located about three hours from Muscat, is a virtually uninhabited swathe of a desert with towering sand dunes as far as you can see. The couple had set us up in ‘glamping’ tents for the night. We enjoyed a delicious Omani lunch, local performances, and camel rides. It was an incredible experience to explore the desert and sleep under the starry sky.

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands
Wahiba Sands

Day 5

Merrymaking at Mehendi

The final day began with a colorful mehendi at the groom’s home in Muscat. It was a lovely afternoon spent dancing, eating delectable shawarma and celebrating the couple.

Wedding and Cocktails at a Golf Course

The finale of the five days of celebrations was an exquisite wedding ceremony and cocktail that took place at a beautiful golf course in Muscat.

Golf Course
Golf Course

Golf Course

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