All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).
We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.
See the bottom of the post for the answer.
This week’s mystery country is blessed with numerous, beautiful examples of Islamic military architect. They’re found mostly in the north of the country.
Pictured below is our mystery country’s grand mosque, located in the capital. Inaugurated in 2001, the mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers. The mosque is open to non-Muslims but all visitors must cover their arms and legs and women must cover their hair. A single-piece carpet covers over 45,000 square feet in the prayer hall. The carpet was hand-woven with 1.7 billion knots and weighs 21 tons. The mosque’s central, Swarovski crystal chandelier is over 45 feet tall. The grand dome and main minaret can be seen for miles and the minaret is the tallest structure in the city.
The mosque is named for the current, beloved leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970 and ushered his country into the modern age with heavy investment in education, economic development, public works and social programs, as well as measured political reform. During his reign, the standard of living and stability of this country has seen vast improvement.
The market below is located in Nizwa, a historic city in our mystery country, located at the base of the craggy Western Hajar mountains, about 1.5 hours drive from the capital. Nizwa has been a center for trade and religion for hundreds of years. The country’s most visited national monument is in Nizwa, one of the forts pictured in Clue #1.
Can you name that country?
This week’s mystery country is OMAN.
Clue #1 – various forts
Clue #2 – Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat
Clue #3 – Nizwa Souk
Click to see tours to Oman.