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Travel Monday#4: Bimmah Sinkhole, the blue eye of Oman

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For this last issue of "Travel Monday", Kawa invites you to discover one last breathtaking destination of the Arab world. Today, it is on the side of Oman and more precisely in Muscat that we take you. Ready for the show?

Throughout the world, many questions about natural phenomena and landscapes titillate our curiosity. How can Lake Retba in Senegal be pink? How can the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia spit blue lava? How did Bimmah Sinkhole’s hole in Oman form? With regard to the latter, the ancients say that the cavity was dug by the fall of a piece of a star, thus amplifying all the beauty of this site.

 

A fish-pedicure in the middle of nature

 

 

Located in the heart of Hawiyat Park, Muscat in northern Oman, Bimmah Sinkhole’s hole is of breathtaking beauty. This well, made of a hollow limestone rock filled with turquoise water and surrounded by flowers, surprises with its unique eye-shaped architecture. To access this turquoise-colored inland lake, there is only one possible route: the concrete staircase specially designed for bathers. With a depth of about twenty meters and a width of forty meters, this natural swimming pool, whose clear and salty water is ideal for swimming, is home to many plant and marine species, some of which are known to tickle bathers’ feet. Between a fish-pedicure and a swim with mask and snorkel, Bimmah Sinkhole’s eye is displayed as the mandatory stop sign for all visitors to Oman.

 

The Omani mountain range

 

 

The site also offers breathtaking scenery in its surroundings thanks to its proximity to the Omani mountain range. Better known as the “Hajar Mountains”, it is the most impressive mountain in the country because it has an altitude of nearly 3,000 meters. For hiking or climbing, Mount Hajar is a paradise for those who make the effort to climb. At the top, the beauty is striking: a rich flora, containing shrubs, reeds, and palm trees but also a diversified fauna with a multitude of tahr, and Arab leopards that will delight nature lovers.