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A hotel in Nizwa is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Nizwa hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Nizwa are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Nizwa hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Nizwa hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Nizwa have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

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An upscale full service hotel facility in Nizwa that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Nizwa hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Nizwa are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Nizwa boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Nizwa may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Nizwa travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Nizwa focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Nizwa hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Nizwa traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Nizwa hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Nizwa is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Nizwa bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Nizwa B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Nizwa hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Nizwa lack an on-site restaurant.

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Nizwa timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Nizwa often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Nizwa on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Nizwa motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Nizwa for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Nizwa motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Skyline of Nizwa
Nizwa is located in Oman
Location of Nizwa in Oman
Coordinates:  / 22.933; 57.533  / 22.933; 57.533
Country Oman
Region Ad Dakhiliyah Region
• Type Absolute monarchy
• Sultan Qaboos bin Said
• Metro 3,500 km (1,400 sq mi)
Elevation 492 m (1,614 ft)
Population (2008)
• Metro 120,000
Time zone Oman standard time (UTC+4)

Nizwa (Arabic: نزوى‎‎ Nizwā) is the largest city in the Ad Dakhiliyah Region in Oman and was the capital of Oman proper. Nizwa is about 140 km (1.5 hours) from Muscat. The population is estimated at around 72,000 people including the two areas of Burkat Al Mooz and Al Jabel Al Akhdar.

Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Its Jama (grand mosque) was formerly a center for Islamic learning. Nizwa acquired its importance because it has been an important meeting point at the base of the Western Hajar Mountains. Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of Dhofar thus serving as the link for a large part of the country. Today, Nizwa is a diverse prosperous place with numerous agricultural, historical and recreational aspects. Nizwa is a center for date growing and is the market place for the area.

Nizwa: Etymology

Historians cannot agree on the origins of the name of the city. Some suggest the name was derived from the Arabic verb (Arabic: انزوا‎‎) which means being alone. Others say that the city was named after an old water spring.

Nizwa: History

Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries AD. With its deep connection to the root of Islam, Nizwa possesses a number of renowned mosques, such as Sultan Qaboos Jama (Friday mosque), So'al Mosque built in the 2nd century AH (9th century AD), Ash-Shawathinah Mosque in Uqr and Ash-Sharja Mosque. There are also Al-Ain Mosque, Ash-Sheikh Mosque and Shuraij Mosque in Tanuf built in 377 AH (around 1000 AD).

In the early 1950s, the large round tower of the ancient fort built in the center of the town was bombed and rocketed by the British Royal Air Force, who were called in to assist the then-reigning Sultan Said bin Taymour in suppressing a revolt by leaders of the interior Imamate of Oman. The conflict was driven by a struggle for shares in Oman's newly discovered oil wealth.

Nizwa has become a more modern city since 1970 under the reign of Sultan Qaboos. Improvements include connections to Muscat via a two-lane highway, which has increased tourism. Communications have been improved to include broadband access, and the city is home to a substantial hospital. It is also a hub for education including a Technical College, College of Applied Sciences, The University of Nizwa, and the training academy for the Royal Oman Police. There are now four hotels and tourism is promoted in the area.

Nizwa: Geography and climate

Mountains surround Nizwa from every side and there are some outstanding mountain scenery close by. Nizwa has an arid climate under Köppen's climate classification. In the winter from November until March the climate is pleasant with temperatures as low as 12 C in January. In the summer, the climate is hot and dry with temperatures reaching 45 C in July.

Climate data for Nizwa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.2
Average low °C (°F) 12.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0.7
Source: World Meteorological Organization (temperature and rainfall 1999–2009)

Nizwa: Attractions

The main tourist attractions in the city are Nizwa Fort, the traditional Souq and Falaj Daris. In the 1990s, the Jama, the fort and the souq which sit next to each other in the centre were renovated using the same traditional materials. In 1993 Nizwa won the award of 'Organisation of Arab Cities'.

Nizwa: Nizwa Fort

Main article: Nizwa Fort
Nizwa's enormous fort

Nizwa fort was built in the 1668 AD by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'rubi. It is Oman's most visited national monument. The fort was the administrative seat of authority for the presiding Imams and Walis in times of peace and conflict. The main bulk of the fort took about 12 years to complete and was built above an underground stream. The fort is a reminder of the town's significance through turbulent periods in Oman's long history. It was a formidable stronghold against raiding forces that desired Nizwa's abundant natural wealth and its strategic location at the crossroads of vital routes.

Nizwa: Nizwa Souq

Nizwa souk

The city, famous for its handicrafts and agricultural products, has an expansive souq with an array of products. It is one of the most important in the country besides Muttrah. The souq bustles with vendors selling everything from meat, fish, fruits and vegetables to spices, dates, gold and silverware. Nizwa is renowned for its silver jewelry which is considered to be the best in the country. Its people are masters in Khanjar making (curved dagger), recognised for its distinctive style and patterns. They also make copper ware, coffee pots, swords, leather goods and pottery.

Nizwa: Falaj Daris

Falaj Daris (a World Heritage Site) is the largest falaj in Oman and is the life maintainer of Nizwa. It provides the surrounding countryside with much needed water for the plantations. Al Ghantuq and Dhoot are two other important falajs in Nizwa. Farming is widely practiced and the town's immense palm farms stretches for eight kilometers along the course of two wadis (Kalbouh and Al Abiadh). Also in practice are red sugar processing and hide tanning.

Nizwa: Economy

Historically, Nizwa was known for producing mats from straw. As of 1920, the city was described as having a "thriving" metalworking industry.

Nizwa: Education

  • University of Nizwa
  • Nizwa College of Technology
  • Indian School Nizwa (CBSE Syllabus). A high school for international students with an Indian majority
  • Nizwa College of Applied Sciences
  • Pakistan School Nizwa, a co-educational Pakistani school, founded in 1994 under the patronage of Embassy of Pakistan

Nizwa: Tanuf

A short drive from Nizwa centre is the old village of Tanuf, known for its seasonal waterfalls. Waterfalls in Tanuf are unique to the area within the steep mountain sides and the water reservoir.

Nizwa: References

  1. "Climatological Information - Nizwa". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. Prothero, G. W. (1920). Arabia. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 99.
  3. Nizwa College of Technology
  4. "ISN, Welcome to Indian School Nizwa, CBSE School, Sultanate of Oman". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  • Scheerpenzel, E: Oman Then and Now SPB Academic Publishing, 2000.
  • Antonio Farach, Lucille Umali - Times of Oman / Shabiba (2011) "The Great Fort of Nizwa"
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