April 13th 2014

Al Hamra

Al hamra Oman

Al Hamra is a 400 years old oasis 670 m above sea level in the western Hajar mountains. In the near surroundings many sights can be found like e.g. the big Al Hoota show cave, the mighty UNESCO heritage fort of Bahla, the beautiful castle of Jabrin, the picturesque mountain village of Misfat Al Abriyeen and the highest elevation of the country the Jabal Shams (sun mountain) at 3009 m above sea level.

All this far away from large traffic streams without any through traffic and like this an ideal place to find peace and relaxation.

A network of small paved roads links the villages and places, which with their palm plantations and green fields form the contrast to the barren mountains being so typical for the whole country.

Additionally there are unpaved roads reaching from the valley up to 2300 m elevation and being partly adventurous and partly steep.

There is a shopping street in Al Hamra with several small supermarkets, simple restaurants, a pharmacy and banks with ATM.

Also in Al Hamra many guest-workers from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are living and working in the local shops or on the plantations.

For cost reasons those use bicycles to cover longer distances around the villages and thus make Al Hamra even today already the cycling capital in Oman.

Sometimes there are more bicycles than cars on the road. Those bikes however are cheap merchandise from Asia, which are on offer from 35 OMR in the two local bikes shops.

The open visitor has thus in Al Hamra the chance to get into contact with Omanis and people from the Indian subcontinent alike, e.g. during a restaurant visit. But also some Omanis young and old alike prefer the bicycle to the car, the majority admittedly using the car.

Because many inhabitants of Al Hamra work in Muscat and are weekend commuters, it is even more quiet during the week in the village.


  • My wife had an emergency and we wanted to visit the hospital. I have to say I cannot thank the hotel staff & management for what they have done to me & my wife. They have been extremely helpful until my wife left the hospital. Thank you for what you have done to US.

    Emad Family with young children,

  • The staff were brilliant. One of our party had to be rushed to hospital due to a medical emergency.The staff were amazing. They drove us there and stayed with us until we needed them, checking on us from time to time. Real personal service with a smile....going that extra mile for the guests. I would recommend this hotel anytime. The rooms were huge,spotless and beds lovely and comfortable. Perfect after a long day of walking in the mountains.

    Zahra Family with young children dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • We were the first visitors to use rooms so superb. Kitchen good a bit sparse on equipment but enough for requirement's. Lulu hyper market just 5 minutes away for all needs. Ideal for central location to explore surrounding area Jebal Shams, Nizwa Centre. This accommodation was where bookings .com said it was, not like the hotel he night before. Manager Anu could not have been more help.

    Phillip Mature couple BURTON UPON TRENT, United Kingdom