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Top 10 Things To Do On A Holiday In Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is brimming with history, culture and breathtaking beauty.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll see why Oman is regarded as a hidden jewel, offering an authentic Arabian experience not to be missed. If you’re looking to be inspired by natural wonders and enchanted by the hospitality of the locals, look no further than here for your next escape. Whether you’re relaxing for the first time in one of the world’s most peaceful countries or being welcomed back like an old friend, here are our top 10 things to do on holiday in Oman

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Muscat Souq

1. Explore Muscat

Explore this ancient capital city, a postcard-esque port located on the Sea of Oman. Discover the Muttrah Souq, one of Oman’s traditional bazaars, while you wander the historical streets, where locals will introduce you to their traditional clothing and spices. Experience excellence from the centre of arts and culture in Muscat’s Royal Opera House. Be awed by the beauty and majesty of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Travel back in time to the 16th century when you step inside the Al Alam Palace, a ceremonial residence of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, in the harbour of Old Muscat.

Oman Beach

2. Enjoy A Day At The Beach

Take a break from the bustling city and enjoy a day at one of Oman’s many beaches. The Al-Bustan Beach, in Muscat, is only a short drive away from the city centre through a fishing village. Join the locals in paradise as they cast their nets and splash in the turquoise waters. Sur Beach, a little further away, mixes white sands and smooth pebbles alongside a coastal town. Keep an eye out for turtles! Elsewhere, you can dip into the clear waters at Oman‘s most serene beach, Al Sifah, or visit Salalah and pick from one of their many beaches, differing in landscapes of picturesque sand or rugged, rocky terrains.

Bat Village

3. Discover Archaeological Treasures

Expand your knowledge and visit the village of Bat. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the beehive tombs and eight monumental towers show the world’s best preserved architecture from the Bronze Age. Here, you’ll relive a unique example of the rural settlements of Omani and the tombs villagers constructed in the 3rd millennium B.C. Get up close and personal with the sights as the path trail leads you right to the archaeological remains and witness a wonder even older than the Egyptian pyramids.


4. Go In Search Of Rare Arabian Oryx

Embark on an adventure into the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve, located in the Omani Central Desert, in search of rare Arabian Oryx. These long-horned antelope are distinctive with their bumped shoulders. After going extinct in the wild in the 1970s, “Operation Oryx” was launched to save the species. Animal enthusiasts can now stay at the remote and welcoming sanctuary. Witness the hard work of the wildlife conservationists, their fight against poachers, and the effect the initiative has had on the Arabian Oryx population, as well as many other species rare and special to Oman.

Oman Nature

5. Take A Drive To Find Natural Wonders

Embrace the outdoors at some of Oman’s more natural attractions. Take a 4X4 across the Sharqiya Sands desert, catching a breathtaking sunset in an idyllic landscape. Curious for something unique? Venture out to the Jebel Akhdar mountain, in Al Hajar, to see the abandoned village, Wadi Bani Habib, where spectacularly preserved buildings give a glimpse into the history of Oman. Witness the wondrous anomaly Bimmah sinkhole, where you can relax in the warm water or watch local birdlife. Visit Oman’s own Grand Canyon, Wadi Ghul and hike to the peak of Jebel Shams to earn respite at one of the country’s most desired viewpoints.

Oman Dolphins

6. Set Sail To Seek Out Dolphins

Set sail to one of the nine Dimaniyat Islands in search of dolphins. The pristine marine reserve is home to a multitude of sea creatures which you can observe or swim alongside while snorkelling. Playful dolphins will race alongside boats or frolic in the open water, creating long-lasting memories perfect for solo trips, a couple’s retreat or fun-filled family adventures. Local guides will regale you with their knowledge and enthusiasm, explaining the importance of the reefs and Oman’s ecosystems.

Oman Desert Quad Bike

7. Find Fun In The Desert

Wander the Rub’ al Khali, or the “Empty Quarter”. While many may find this area of Oman daunting, those seeking a thrill will discover plenty to occupy them. Allow a guide to lead you through the dunes on camelback, as the Bedouins once did. Or perhaps you’d rather scale the massive 300m sand dunes in a 4X4 jeep, crossing over the site of Ubar, the lost city supposedly swallowed by the sand. Seek an adrenaline high by sandboarding. Head out early in the morning for the best weather conditions. Take to the sky and be awe-struck by the vastness of the Arabian Desert, slowly floating in a hot air balloon.

Omani Street Food

8. Sample The Delights Of Omani Street Food

Tantalise your tastebuds with Omani cuisine. Muscat is known for being the centre for street food. With a variety of spices and sauces, each dish is an experience. Nibble on the must-have Mishak, the city’s favourite snack of marinated meat on skewers. Devour Shuwa, slow-cooked lamb marinated in oil, garlic and spices. For those who like a little spice, Majboos will be for you. This meat and rice dish is associated with celebrations in Oman, perfect for you to try on your holiday. Being a port city, Muscat is also famous for its fish dishes, like Mashuai. To fully immerse yourself in Omani culture, this dish of spit-roasted Kingfish is the one to try.

Snake Gorge Oman

9. Embrace Outdoor Adventures

Embrace your wild side at Oman’s largest natural water park, “Snake Gorge”, also known as Wadi Bani Awf. These small pools are nestled in the valley between cliff faces, hiding secret waterfalls. You’ll find a tranquil route for hiking or trekking, witnessing some of nature’s most beautiful work as you stroll through the winding pathways. Slip down one of the natural water slides into secluded waters or dive in from the rocks above. Abseil down the huge boulders, feeling the smoothness of the rock face beneath your hands. Whether you’re seeking a fun-filled day or peace and calm, you’ll be able to find it in the cool, shady corners of the valley.

Oman Turtles

10. Watch Green Turtles In The Wild

Be one with the wildlife and watch the heartwarming spectacle of turtles laying their eggs in the sands of Ras Al Jinz. This turtle reserve endeavours to protect the green turtle population and their environment while offering the chance to stay in one of their on-site rooms or visit for the day. You’ll be unique among your friends with the experience of attending the only public viewing of nesting turtles on offer. In the moonlight, walk along the shore and see the phenomenon and the perseverance of the green turtles for yourself, all while in a place of renown and natural beauty.

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