Situated in the Middle East on the Southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is an astonishing destination with its spectacular desert dunes, vast mountain ranges, and striking beaches. Oman holidays provide an abundance of sunshine, and exhilarating water-based activities fun for all the family! Holidaymakers get a more realistic Arab experience that includes historic attractions, sandstone arches, and aromatic hints of Arabia’s historic frankincense trade. You will discover one of the most diverse and authentic Arab environments, and the capital city of Muscat was named the second-best city to visit in the world.
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Weather in Oman
It doesn’t stop there – Oman hotels offer all the traditional Western amenities, and the less developed beaches provide kitesurfing, access to coral sea life, and opportunities to watch turtles, dolphins, birds, and dozens of species of whales. Tourists can partake in riding camels, dune-bashing in four-wheel-drive vehicles, sandboarding, visiting Bedouin camps in the desert, and sleeping under the stars in barasti huts after enjoying an authentic Omani barbecue feast with the colourful tribes. The desert, beach, and ocean are not the only exciting natural features – limestone-rich deposits have created a system of spectacular caves, canyons, arroyos, and rocks for climbing. Holidays to Oman provide a particular wonder that is hard to ignore.
Best Time For An Oman Holiday
Oman’s climate is similar to that of other countries on the Arabian Peninsula with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Visiting during the summer could prove uncomfortable for some Westerners because temperatures reach 40-degree Celsius. However lush, and green Salalah in the south remains bearable during the summer months. October through to April brings ideal weather during the day and comfortable nights and evenings.
Oman’s Cities & Attractions
On the edge of the Indian Ocean, the coastal capital city Muscat is the most populated city in Oman, as well as the largest. Muscat’s culture is extraordinary! The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built from sandstone, is the tallest building in Oman and a display of beautiful modern architecture. The Royal Opera House is another famous landmark in Muscat. A venue for music and the arts, the Opera House is not only stunning from the outside, but its interior holds a glamourous and classy wonder. For those seeking a city retreat with an endless supply of activities and views, Muscat offers a fantastic array of hotels and resorts. Stay at the W Muscat, a beachfront resort offering luxury hotel rooms, or discover the Crowne Plaza Hotel Muscat, a clifftop hotel looking out across the Gulf of Oman. No matter your preference, Muscat has accommodations to suit all holidaymakers.
Salalah is another breathtaking location located in the Southern part of Oman famous for its natural appearance made of waterfalls, lush greenery, architectural attractions, and pristine beaches. One of the most popular beaches in Salalah is Al Mughsail, Surrounded by mountains, this beach is loved by both locals and tourists, due to its widespread white sands and blue sapphire waters. The perfect place to explore secret caves and blowholes, or for a calming rest by the water’s edge taking in the warmth of the sun. Al Mughsail is the place to be, and great for a romantic stroll with your significant other.
Known as the ‘city of magic’, Bahla is an ancient location associated with many myths and legends. Situated at the bottom of the Jebel Akhdar Mountains is Bahla Fort, a must-see sight with whispers that the oldest part of the fort can be dated back to 500 BC! The fort provides a tremendous viewing, vast in size, made from straw, bricks, and mud. A refreshing sight to see in today’s built-up society.
Khasab is Northwest of Muscat and is a port city. The mesmerising waters of Khasab are an inviting adventure for both locals and visitors and provide many activities including boat tours, scuba diving, snorkelling, water sports, and dolphin and whale watching. If you prefer to take in the sights, then the outstanding lagoon surrounded by magnificent mountains is one to see!
Oman’s Culinary Influences
Omani cuisine is extensive and exciting, with traditional roots and strong Indian influences. Visitors can enjoy strong, cardamom-scented coffee and helva, a pastry made of honey, butter, and spices. Guests have plenty of dining options for traditional Western cuisine, fast food choices, and gourmet dining in French, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants. During Ramadan, residents refrain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. Visitors often get chances to share meals with Arab families where elaborate meals are served that consist of rice, tomato sauces, spices, oils, dates, and meat and fish. Muscat is home to the best restaurants in Oman from diners by the beach to luxurious eateries.
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Holidays to Oman provide Western-style relaxation, serene beaches, and exciting excursions to the rugged mountains, canyons, and surrounding desert. Almost every city has its own fort, and culture lovers can tour dozens of fortresses where Oman's unique architecture, irrigation systems, and secret tunnels serve as educational reminders of the area's storied past. Oman features stunning mountains, luxurious hotels, fascinating markets, and dramatic landscapes making it a perfect destination for a well-needed holiday. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore all that Oman has to offer – get a quote from one of our friendly representatives and book your holiday to Oman today.
Top 10 things to do in Oman
There are many adventures to uncover in Oman due to its breath-taking history, exquisite buildings and exotic landmarks. Every day is an adventure out there, it’s definitely one to tick off of the list.
1. Enjoy a Hike and Swim in Wadi Shab
The Arabic term ‘Wadi Shab’ translates to ‘Valley of Youth’ and is one of the best attractions of Oman. The Wadi is an experience not to miss due to its constantly clear pools, gushing waterfalls and colourful plantations. (If you are not a confident swimmer then you may want to consider the other attractions)
2. Visit the Ras Al Jinz Reserve for Turtles
Turtle viewing is one of the most popular eco-tourism activities in Oman. Ras Al Jinz is the home to many species of turtle including the endangered Green Turtle, the Olive Ridley Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle and the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. Usually, the best time to visit is during summer (between May and September) as this is when the hatching begins.
3. Discover the beauty of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Exceeding the term beautiful, this mosque consists of stunning features. Built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone, construction for the mosque finished in 2001 which celebrated 30 years of the Sultan’s reign. Although inside the mosque can hold up to 6,500 worshippers, if you include the interior courtyards and passageways, this can increase to up to 20,000 worshippers in this one mosque!
4. Relax Whilst Watching the Sun Rise in Sharqiya Sands (formerly known as Wahiba Sands)
Whether you’re roaming around on a camel or treading through the perfectly smoothed dunes of this home to around 3,000 Bedouin, the experience is surreal. If you choose to camp out, the views and scenery will surely leave you stunned, especially the golden sunset reflecting on the golden sands.
5. Take a Dip in Wadi Bani Khalid
As a favourite to many tourists, this desert oasis will not disappoint you. Climbing into the Eastern Hajar Mountains, swimming in the emerald waters and discovering thrilling caves is when there will be endless fascination as it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
6. Uncover the Architecture of Nizwa Fort
If you’re a history lover, this one’s for you. Built in the 1650s with over 12 years of construction and details spent on this amazing landmark of Oman, it’s definitely a must-see attraction. Its unique design contains 7 wells, a number of prisons, many ancient artefacts and prosecution ground, it gives you a feel of the history of Oman. Climbing to the top of this tower also allows you to experience the views of the Hajar Mountains which dominate the town.
7. Exploit the Top of Jebel Shams
‘The Mountain of Sun’ stops at 3009m and is the highest mountain in Oman where temperatures can go from 20 ?C in the summer to below 0 ?C in the winter. Here you may find some of the best views, including the exposure of the Wadi Ghul which is described as the ‘Grand Canyon of Arabia’.
8. Be Adventurous, Wild Camp Anywhere!
Being responsible, wild camping can be one of the best ways to take in the country’s beauty. It gives you the opportunity to create lovely memories and great stories! You get to make the most of the beach, the deserts and even the mountains if you’re brave enough! Just imagine the sights you’d catch.
9. Seafood? Fish for it.
From what we know, unless you’re a pro or you’re in the perfect location, fishing in the UK isn’t as easy as it seems. But have you tried fishing in Oman? If not, now is your chance to prove that you are great at fishing, even if you just don’t know it yet. Who doesn’t love fishing whilst benefiting from beautiful landscapes?
10. Take your Adventures Underwater to Discover Life Under the Sea
Oman is bound to give you a completely new and unique diving and snorkelling experience. This exotic encounter will show you what some people say are the most diverse seas in the world. There’s an increasingly high reputation for high quality diving in Oman, no need to miss out now.