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The best guidebooks/literature for the Arabian peninsula?
Anyone can recommend which are better or the best. Lonely Planet has the whole Aribian peninsula guide, i haven't ordered it yet, but it makes me wonder if it's too widely spread and not that detailed for speciefic regions?
Particulary i'm interested in the Yemen and Oman countries.
When I was looking for English language guides for Oman earlier this year many of them were not all that current. For example the LP was published in 2000. Fortunately, the pace of change has not been too dramatic, so there is still relevant information in even these dated travel guides!
I have used (ordered by publishing):
Mackenzie & Cruickshank's Oman Explorer: Residents' and Vistors' Guide 2ed (ISBN: 9768182075) published in late 2005.
Peter Ochs' Maverick Guide to Oman (ISBN: 1565546873) published in late 1999.
Dorothy Stannard's Insight Guide Oman and the UAE (ISBN: 0887292879) from 1998. FYI - There is a more current version available.
There is also an off-road Oman Explorer that I never got my hands on (ISBN: 9768182482) and Bradt (ISBN: 1841621684) is putting out their guide at the end of the year. I'm assuming Bradt will do a solid job based on their other guides.
Don't count on finding much material once you are in country. If you are passing through Dubai you may find some of the more recent books like the off-road Oman Explorer or the Insight Guide.
This regional forum doesn't get much traffic and I am very irregular visitor myself to the site in general, but if there is anything else I can offer please let me know.
I always prefer Rough Guides to LP, but that is just personal, and I don't think there is one for the whole peninsula. I would recommend Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith, great insight into Arab culture and history, but not light reading.
The Insight Guide by the Discovery Channel is also quite good.
The Off Road in Oman books is out of date, it still has a lot of good info, but the roads have changed a lot and there are no way points as there are in the newer books. It also seems to be out of print, I have searched high and low for it in Dubai and hav`nt found one yet. I managed to borrow one, for our trip.
I've just finished a 4,500 km trip around Oman. I took along a 1st Edition 'Lonely Planet: Arabian Peninsula' published in November 2004. It was OK but already going out-of-date. Roads are being built at a tremendous pace and the only non-asphalt I encountered was the road to Urbar (but this is graded and already has road signs so it's probably going to be surfaced soon), the Wahiba Sands (but the road through is already half completed) and the Sur to Muscat coast road (which again is under construction).
Tourism is clearly being taken very seriously. 'Tourism enriches' according to a government sign. As an example, there is an excellent new museum at Al Baleed (if you can stomach the pro-sultan propaganda that goes with the historical detail).
On the downside, there is a penchant for building neat little stone walls around everything to make it more touristy. E.g. Al Baleed or the natural sink hole at Bimmah. I'm sure it looked better without the wall!
Trip highlights: the Dhofar Mountains outside Salalah and Khor Rori, both very beautiful nature.
Trip low point: Ras Al Jinz turtle beach at Eid with 100+ insensitive morons rampaging and trampling around hatched turtles in the dark.
Oman is a great destination but get there fast if you want to see it in its natural state. Even the old forts and castles, in some cases, look about a month old.
If anyone would like a set of waypoints for a lot of the attractions mentioned in the Lonely Planet plus some of the best hotels that 10 riyals can buy, drop me a line.
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