Caving is popular in Oman. Majlis al-Jhinn is the world’s
2nd largest cave, its long passages, crystal clear streams,
canals and drip curtains extend throughout its 4 million cubic
There are many sandy beaches
offering great bathing, diving and sailing facilities. Many hotels
have pools. There are also 3 private sports clubs with water skiing
and fishing facilities. The Bander al-Rowdha Marina has a purpose
built water sports complex,
with a landscaped beach area, swimming pool and restaurants.
The Dubai to Muscat President’s Cup Regatta takes place
each year. The waters of the Gulf of Oman and the North Indian
Ocean are populated by swordfish, black marlin, tuna and sailfish
making them ideal for game fishing.
A fishing permit is required
from the Directorate General of Fisheries, and spear fishing is
strictly forbidden. In the southern region, fishing is restricted
to between Mughsayl and Taqah. Hunting is also strictly prohibited.
There are many sports clubs
based in Muscat offering facilities for squash, tennis and karting.
Football, hockey, volleyball and basketball are popular spectator
sports and matches are staged at the Wattayah Stadium.
Owing to the nature of the terrain and climate, golf
is not a prominent sport in Oman, however, there are several of
sand courses operated by local clubs, as well as plans to build
a course at A’Suwadi. Horse races and the more popular camel
races are held on Fridays and public holidays at many different