Covering a sizeable chunk of northeastern Oman and stretching across the border into the United Arab Emirates, the Al Hajar Mountains are the highest in the entire country, with the tallest peak topping almost 10,000 feet. The vast and utterly spectacular region forms the geographical backbone of Oman, starting around 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Oman and running all the way to the tip of the Musandam Peninsular.
Situated within the mountain range and just northeast of the major city of Nizwa is the Saiq Plateau, a once inaccessible and uninhabited part of Oman. The plateau lies at 6,500 feet above sea level, and the exciting trip up to the top on the now concrete-paved road offers one of the most memorable excursions Oman has to offer. Thanks to the elevated altitude, the region has been extensively farmed for its abundance of vegetables and fruit which wouldn't normally survive in the harsh desert heat down below.