Beginnings

In 2010 two friends from Oman and France, created a company to organize hiking, discovery, and adventure tours in Oman.

Al Maalam Tours is the name of the company, whose office is located in Nizwa (Oman) and who holds local licence for operating tours in Oman. Oman Trekking Guides our commercial name.

For the anecdote, “Al Maalam” means “cultural heritage”, that’s to say a transmission from the past ; a person from the Ministry of Tourism, originating from Jebel akhdar gave it to us.

The company has developped quickly until 2016. We have worked with important trekking tour operators (Tirawa, Atalante, Viamont, Sur les Hauteurs, Terres Oubliees andTamera in France, Hauser Exkursionen and Bedu Expeditionen in Germany, ASI in Austria, Sayu Travel in Japan), some small travel agencies, and many independant travellers on private tailor-made tours.

Starting with 3 guides in 2010, we were 12 in 2016, without counting the numerous drivers and the logistic team. This last year, we’ve taken more than 1000 persons on tours of an average length of 6 days.

We had a very good team with persons of high quality, of different origins (6 nationalities!), with different views and tastes, but sharing a same enthusiasm.

During these 7 years we continuously went on exploration trips to offer original and high-quality itineraries. Experience also improved our savoir-faire.

We also benefited from the transmission of knowledge from older guides like Patrick Cabirot, Nathalie Henriot, or Jakob Oberhauser.

Break

Maybe victims of a too quick success, of the fatigue of passing time, or of a change of era, Ibrahim and Antoine wanted to step back in 2016. But they found nobody to replace them, and their employees did not want to take over without them. So they decided to close the company in 2017.

By respect and consideration for their staff and clients they :

  • Put in relation their clients with their guides/drivers (having the common knowledge built together and our GPS database) and other local tour operators.
  • Changed the website to help travellers find ideas of tours and get in touch directly with experimented and now independant guides from our team : no more structure, everyone free… Anarchy!

Restarting

5 years later, after having taken rest, stepped back, explored other fileds, and lived the great upheaval of the years 2020-2022, we decided to start again our activity.

All the persons and companies we help when closing the company benefited from it. Unfortunately very few of them returned the favour.

So, we do not work anymore with big trekking tour operators (though they have kept most of the itineraries we created for them…).

And our team is smaller.

We now offer :

  • Tours at fixed schedule in small groups, on always changing itineraries and adapted to the season
  • Custom-made private tours
  • Special exploration or thematic tours on-demand
  • Daytrips with local guides