The funerary tombs at Al-Ayn are probably the most famous examples in Oman. The tombs date from the early 3rd millennium BC. German archaeologists are currently excavating and have discovered that the body entombed in each tower was repeatedly replaced over almost 5,000 years of use. The dramatic mountain behind is Jebel Misht (Comb Mountain). It is 2090m high, solitary and the 1200m high south wall attracts rock climbers.
Exploring Oman is best done with a 4x4 and tent. The off-road driving was fantastic fun but extremely challenging. I had no previous experience of it and the first few days were a steep learning curve. Traversing the impossibly steep, loose slopes of the Hajar and Dhofar mountain ranges and driving along dry wadis/gorges allowed me to visit isolated hamlets and learn about an incredibly friendly, open and interesting mountain culture. Oman is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited.