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Oman – A Jewel on the Arabian Peninsular

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Introducing Oman

Oman, a country tucked away on the Arabian Peninsula’s southeast coast borders Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. It is the essence of traditional Arabia with its Bedouin heritage and culture formed over centuries.

This Sultanate entices adventurers and culture vultures with its varied landscapes, which include immaculate beaches, untamed mountains, and enormous desert stretches.

Travelling through Oman will take you past historic forts that evoke memories of bygone times, busy souks infused with the scent of frankincense, and energetic cities where modern skyscrapers coexist peacefully with traditional architecture. Muscat, the capital, enthralls with its elaborate mosques, busy shops, and charming corniche that overlooks the Gulf of Oman’s blue waters.

When you leave the city behind, you’ll be met with the bleak beauty of the Wahiba Sands, where enormous dunes stretch for miles in all directions and provide the ideal setting for amazing desert excursions. With its tranquil beaches, old ruins rich in history, and verdant surroundings, the seaside town of Salalah beckons visitors looking for relief from the scorching desert heat.

There are many luxurious hotels with excellent service and cuisine and ideal for an Oman family holiday as well as the souks and nightlife of its vibrant capital city Muscat.

Oman is a hidden treasure in Arabia that offers a voyage full of exploration, adventure, and life-changing events, regardless of why you are drawn to it—its stunning landscapes, rich cultural legacy, or kind people. Come along with me as we set out on an adventure across Oman’s breathtaking scenery and ageless customs.

Oman is a destination that if you are in the know….then it’s the place to go!

Key Information

Continent The Middle East
CurrencyOmani Rial
VisaFCO Advice
VaccinationsVaccination Advice
Tourist OfficeOman Tourist Board

Getting Around

Hiring a car and self-driving is by far the best way of getting around in Oman as roads are good and the network is ever-increasing.

You could also take a private tour with one of the excellent guides who give that inside knowledge and will often take you to off-the-beaten-track places of interest. Omani people are so friendly and welcoming and treat you as their guest.

Buses are common in all the major towns and cities and are reasonably priced and comfortable.

The white and orange coloured taxis in Muscat can be flagged down at the roadside. You will need to negotiate the price before departing as none will have meters.

Excellent domestic flight programs operate between Muscat and Khasab in Musandam and between Muscat and Salalah.

There is also a high-speed ferry service between Muscat and Khasab in Musandam, operated by the National Ferries Company (NFC).

Top 20 Things To See & Do In Oman

  1. Explore the historic capital city of Muscat, with its stunning architecture, vibrant markets, and iconic landmarks like the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
  2. Visit the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, one of the largest mosques in the world, renowned for its stunning architecture and beautiful Islamic art.
  3. Discover the ancient city of Nizwa and explore its historic fort, bustling souks, and traditional Omani architecture.
  4. Experience the natural beauty of Wadi Shab, a picturesque valley with turquoise pools, waterfalls, and lush vegetation, perfect for hiking, swimming, and picnicking.
  5. Explore the enchanting desert landscapes of Wahiba Sands, where you can enjoy camel rides, dune bashing, and camping under the stars.
  6. Visit the UNESCO-listed Bahla Fort, one of Oman’s oldest and most impressive fortifications, dating back over a thousand years.
  7. Take a boat trip to the stunning Musandam Peninsula, known as the “Norway of Arabia,” with its dramatic fjords, crystal-clear waters, and rugged mountains.
  8. Explore the ancient ruins of the lost city of Ubar, known as the “Atlantis of the Sands,” and learn about its fascinating history and archaeological significance.
  9. Discover the historic town of Sur, famous for its traditional dhow boat-building industry and beautiful beaches.
  10. Experience traditional Omani hospitality with a visit to a local family home or a traditional Omani restaurant, where you can sample authentic Omani cuisine.
  11. Explore the picturesque village of Misfat al Abriyeen, perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking lush date palm plantations and terraced fields.
  12. Discover the stunning Al Hoota Cave, one of Oman’s most impressive natural wonders, with its vast chambers, underground lakes, and intricate rock formations.
  13. Visit the ancient city of Rustaq and explore its historic hot springs, forts, and traditional mud-brick architecture.
  14. Experience the thrill of dune bashing and sandboarding in the spectacular desert landscapes of the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert in the world.
  15. Take a dip in the natural hot springs of Al Thowarah, renowned for their therapeutic properties and stunning mountain scenery.
  16. Explore the picturesque coastal town of Salalah, known for its beautiful beaches, lush coconut groves, and historic landmarks like the Al Baleed Archaeological Park.
  17. Discover the traditional mud-brick villages of Jebel Akhdar, nestled among the rugged mountains of the Al Hajar range, and experience traditional Omani culture and hospitality.
  18. Visit the ancient Frankincense Trail in Dhofar Governorate and explore its historic forts, ancient ruins, and UNESCO-listed frankincense trees.
  19. Take a scenic drive along the Batinah Coast, with its stunning beaches, traditional fishing villages, and historic landmarks like the Nakhal Fort.
  20. Experience the traditional Omani festival of Khareef in Salalah, where you can enjoy cultural performances, traditional music, and delicious Omani cuisine.

Pre-bookable Excursions in Oman

More Information

The Oman Tourist Board provides a wide choice of useful information including places to go, things to do and what you can expect from the weather.

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