Daily Archives: January 28, 2012

Bidbid Fort

Bidbid is a small town with a population of around 20,000 and is located about 40 kms from Muscat International Airport as you drive towards Nizwa.  Bidbid Fort is the only thing to see in this small town (no disrespect intended to any of you reading who happen to be from Bidbid! 🙂 ) and some would argue that it’s not even worth getting off the main road.  As someone who enjoys exploring, I’d disagree.  If you get lost looking for this place like I did, remember that the easiest way to find a fort (especially one this small) is to keep your eye out for an Omani flag!  🙂  Here’s a map to give you an idea of where it is.

 The main entrance to Bidbid Fort was closed and locked.  This was at 10am on a weekday (Monday).  The Ministry of Tourism should ensure that such tourist sites are open at their scheduled times.  This has happened to me on several occasions…

Cannon from the 17th or 18th century still standing guard over the fort.  Notice the local Omani lady working away on the left side of the photo (pulling weeds I think).

The walls of Bidbid Fort are around 100 feet (or 30 metres) tall.  There are a total of 3 towers; the large one you see here and the 2 smaller, more rounded Western towers in the back.

Forty towers once defended this area and many still stand, the most famous of which are Fanja Tower and Bidbid Fort.” (from Concise Guide to the Dhakiliya”, Ministry of Tourism GuideThe GPS co-ordinates of Bidbid Fort are: N23″24’45 E58″07’35 (from Jerzy Wierzbicki’s great Photography/write-up on Bidbid Fort in Y Magazine’s Dec 13th Edition, 2011 on page 32)

Al Husn (“The Castle”): Oman’s Only 6-Star Resort Hotel

Al Husn is an impressive adults-only hotel in Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.  Many people are unaware that there is even a 6-star hotel in the Sultanate.  Shangri-La itself is listed as a 5-star hotel but actually consists of 3 hotels: Al Bandar, Al Waha and Al Husn.  Al Husn is the only 6-star hotel of the 3 and currently the only 6-star hotel in the entire Sultanate.

This pic is from the Shangri-La website.

This pic (from www.clubairtravel.co.uk) is of Al Husn’s sweet private beach!

All of Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa’s 3 hotels are in Entertainer Oman 2012 with “a complimentary night when a night of equal or greater value is purchased coupons”.  Have any of you reading this stayed at Al Husn?  If so, how was your experience?