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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, enthrals with its elaborate mosques, busy shops, and a 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
CapitalMuscat
CurrencyOmani Rial
LanguageArabic
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 Things To See & Do

Dolphin, Whale Watching & Diving
The waters are home to a wide variety of whales and dolphins. From humpback, blue, and sperm whales to spinner dolphins. Oman is also an excellent location for diving.

Jebel Akhdar and Nizwa
Deep in the Hajar mountains is the highest point in the country, Jebel Akhdar. Commanding incredible views, this enormous canyon is a must-see. Also as part of the trip go and see the sandstone city of Nizwa and its famous fort.

Musandam Peninsula
The area of Musandam is one of the least visited but most beautiful parts of Oman. The Peninsula sticks out into the Straits of Hormuz and is often compared to Norwegian fjords due to its rocky fjords and sleepy villages. Here you can take a Dhow cruise or simply enjoy the scenery or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

Muscat
Probably the most famous landmark in Oman is the Grand Mosque and for its sheer opulence, it is worth the visit. Oman also has several high-quality museums where you can trace the country’s history, art, and cultural past. No trip to the Middle East is complete without a visit to a chaotic souk. Here in Muscat at the Muttrah souk, you can browse local crafts, eat traditional food or buy unusual pieces. The Royal Opera House is a huge building and is the centre of Omani arts and culture and has a concert theatre, pretty landscaped gardens, gourmet restaurants, and a cultural market for shopping.

Salalah
The coast has many excellent sandy beaches in particular at Salalah. Two in Muscat that are popular are Qantab beach for fishing excursions and boat rides and Qurum beach for relaxation.

Wahiba Sands
Why not head out into the desert and live like a Bedouin. Try camel riding, swim in wild wadis, marvel at vast canyons or just relax and have a picnic on the rippling sands.

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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