Oman is part of a growing number of Middle Eastern countries that are rapidly becoming more popular amongst holidaymakers. searching for a less obvious holiday destination.
Geographically, Oman is situated to the east of the Arabian Peninsula. Its close proximity to the equator means the country enjoys hot weather all year round, with very little rain.
Travel across this unique country and you will discover grand mosques, ancient fortresses, luxury resorts and, most importantly, a number of glorious beaches.
Flights: You can fly direct to Muscat International Airport from London Heathrow and Manchester Airport.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date you enter the country. You must also have a valid visa before you travel if you intend to stay for longer than 10 days.
Packing essentials: With hot weather all year round, it’s advisable to pack light clothing, a sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream. Visitors are also urged to dress conservatively in public, wearing clothes that cover the knees and shoulders..
Oman's Bedouin history, striking landscapes and proud seafaring tradition are just some of the country's key characteristics. Oman is more traditional than other Middle Eastern countries, making it a great alternative to a holiday the ultra-modern surroundings of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Oman is suited to all types of holiday, from family breaks to romantic getaways. The country boasts a wide-range of tourist attractions and places of interest, all easily accessible via tours and excursions.
Keen hikers will want to pay a visit to Jebel Shams, or 'The Mountain of the Sun' as it's also known. The mountain is Oman's highest peak, measuring over 300 meters. The summit affords spectacular views over the Wadi Ghul gorge – otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia.
Holidays to Oman are not complete without a trip to the city's bustling capital of Muscat. The city is a hotbed of excitement, with authentic Arabian markets, modern shopping complexes, museums, perfumeries and sightseeing tours of the local area.
The real jewel in Muscat's crown is its grand palaces and mosques, namely Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The breathtaking structure was commissioned by Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the current Sultan of Oman, and is the third largest in the world. Among its luxurious showpieces are a Swarovoski crystal chandelier and enormous handmade Persian carpet.
Also located in Muscat is the famous Muttrah Souk, which attracts visitors from around the globe. We recommend brushing up on your haggling skills before a visit to this expansive marketplace, where traders sell everything from historic ornaments to aromatic herbs and spices.
South of Muscat is Sharqiya Sands, or Wahiba Sands as it is sometimes known. The sands are a unique desert camp, accessed via a camel ride, where visitors can experience the authentic Bedouin experience. The camp gives holidaymakers a unique taste of a lifestyle that is fast disappearing. As well as being an insightful cultural excursion, the sands are a fun and exciting experience.
Oman is also home to a number of fantastic beaches, for those hoping to kick back and take it easy. The Al Sawadi beach resort is perfect for holidaymakers wanting to experience a traditional holiday, where water sports, kite surfing and scuba diving are just some of the fun activities on offer. The resort is located to the west of Muscat and is a great base for those wanting to explore Oman.
With over 3,000km of magnificent coastline, and sensational weather all year round, Oman is a superb destination for a luxury beach holiday. From picturesque coves to beautiful bays, this exhilarating nation has it all. You’ll also find crystal-clear surf where you can swim, snorkel and enjoy a whole host of spectacular water sports. Indeed, the sea off Musandam, at the north-eastern point of the Arabian Peninsula, is perfect for scuba diving, while you can spot turtles swimming in the waters of A’Shariqiyah. Those seeking a more laid-back beach holiday can choose from a selection of lavish hotels and resorts offering their own private stretch of sand. Take a look at what’s on offer and start planning your luxury Oman escape today with Destination2.co.uk.
Like the rest of the Persian Gulf, Oman enjoys hot weather all year round. The temperature rarely falls below twenty degrees Celsius, even during the winter months. Oman’s hottest weather falls between May and August when the temperature is known to reach the mid-thirties.
The best time of year to visit Oman tends to be between November and March, partly due to the manageable temperature, which averages around the high twenties.
You’re ready to delve deep into an ancient and historic part of the Middle East, where extraordinary souks and Bedouin camps, replace glitzy skylines and designer boutiques.
Usually held in January and February, Muscat Festival is a celebration of all things Omani. The event takes place in Al Qurm National Park, where a variety of events and activities take place showcasing the nation’s history, heritage, culture and customs.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, when Muslims believe God (Allah) revealed the Koran (the Islamic holy book) to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims observe Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours. They break the fast after sundown with a celebratory meal. Due to Islam following a lunar calendar, Ramadan takes place on different dates each year. To mark the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid Al Fitr, marked with parades and breathtaking firework displays.
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