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Bordered by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen, Oman is a world of its own in the Middle East. This unique Arabic country has – rather remarkably – managed to hold on to its rich culture and unique traditions, despite its vast wealth. A holiday to Oman take you to the very heart of Arabic culture, and gives you a chance to see the region’s authentic side.

The smell of incense fills bustling streets, dhow boats bob in the ancient harbours, and locals welcome visitors with warm smiles of approval. It’s the Middle East of the enchanting novels and mesmerising films – except it’s real, and waiting to be explored. Boasting a tantalising blend of unspoiled natural landscapes and remarkably charming Bedouin towns, Oman is an irresistible destination for those looking to catch a true glimpse into the heart of Arabia.

If you’re looking for Middle Eastern charm and a beach break with a twist, a holiday to Oman should certainly be on your list. You’ll inevitably return from your trip with enviable stories of mornings spent traversing magical desert landscapes, afternoons marvelling at ancient forts, and evening outings to the desert for stargazing. It’s a country where strikingly beautiful oases, entrenched valleys and rugged mountains live side-by-side, and ultra-modern cities coexist with unchanged mud villages. And it’s a place where you’ll hear a varied of soundtrack of Arabic, Swahili, Urdu, Farsi and English – all in one street.

And, if that’s not enough for you, why not make Oman part of a wider holiday? Let Muscat be your gateway before moving on to the world-class shopping of Dubai, or combine culture with beaches on a multi-centre trip to Oman and the Maldives. Whatever you’re looking for, our experts will help you plan every detail.

Things to do

Natural wonders

Cultural attractions

Best time to go

Essential info

Things to do in Oman

From culturally enriching experiences to white-knuckle adventures, Oman is a country as colourful as its prayer rugs. This place is bursting with diverse activities, incredible wildlife and fascinating people. In a single day, you can explore cathedral-like caves, ancient forts, bustling souks and towering mosques. And, in the evening, you can collapse in your gloriously comfortable hotel room.

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With a rapidly growing appetite for adventure activities, Oman has a multitude of exciting activities on offer, including dune-bashing and hot air balloon rides. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not explore one of the UNENSCO World Heritage Sites, like Bahla Fort? Or go on a snorkelling tour and marvel at the marine life in the Gulf’s bath-warm waters.

Back on dry land, Wahiba Sands is another must-visit on your Oman holiday. In this desert space, you can get involved with a number of experiences, ranging from stargazing to camel riding.


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Natural wonders in Oman

Oman is a nature lover’s paradise, thanks to its diverse flora, intricate corals, fascinating geology and vast wadis. Its natural beauty spots include Wadi Shab. Less than two hours’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Muscat, this place holds all the ingredients for an adventurous day out – you can hike through caves and gorges, admire emerald pools, and gape at dramatic views across gorges. During the summer, the area can become unbearably hot, but if you visit between the cooler months of October to March, you’re in for a treat.

 

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Slightly further out lies Jabal Al Akhdar – an impressive expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Here, more daring travellers can traverse Via Ferrata, an obstacle course-like structure that wraps around the mountainside. It offers an otherwise inaccessible view of the desert landscape, which will quite literally take your breath away.

 

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Cultural attractions

Oman remains somewhat of an anomaly in the Middle East, having managed to keep a firm grip on its culture, despite the pressures of modernity.
The souk – the traditional Arab marketplace – is perhaps one of the most pubic examples of where Omani culture prevails unblemished. The somewhat chaotic atmosphere makes for a fascinating insight into the lives of the local people, and getting lost in the tangle of alleyways is half the fun. You’ll stumble across stalls piled high with perfumes, spices and more.

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Oman is also home to a whole host of museums, galleries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient water channels, forts and the remains of a caravan oasis in the Land of Frankincense. Nizwa Fort is the sultanate’s most visited national monument and a remarkable window onto the way of life for the Omani people of a bygone era. 

 

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Best time to visit Oman

The best time to go on holiday to Oman is between October and March, when the temperatures are comfortable enough for exploring. In the day, it’s usually between 26°C and 30°C – so you can enjoy the sunshine, while still visiting all the major sights. There may be a scattering of showers, but this might be a refreshing relief after a day of trekking in the mountains. Exciting, family-friendly festivals abound during this period, too. If you want to join in with the festivities, check the dates of the annual Muscat Festival – a month-long celebration of Omani culture.

 

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From April onwards, temperatures begin to rise rapidly, and the summer months can soar above 40°C. In this heat, you may find it difficult to explore – but, if you’re searching for smaller crowds and lower prices, it’s worth considering.

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Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to obtain an eVisas before travelling to Oman
Language: Arabic
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration from London: 7 hours
Capital city: Muscat

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Things to do

Things to do in Oman

From culturally enriching experiences to white-knuckle adventures, Oman is a country as colourful as its prayer rugs. This place is bursting with diverse activities, incredible wildlife and fascinating people. In a single day, you can explore cathedral-like caves, ancient forts, bustling souks and towering mosques. And, in the evening, you can collapse in your gloriously comfortable hotel room.

Show More
Show Less

With a rapidly growing appetite for adventure activities, Oman has a multitude of exciting activities on offer, including dune-bashing and hot air balloon rides. If you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not explore one of the UNENSCO World Heritage Sites, like Bahla Fort? Or go on a snorkelling tour and marvel at the marine life in the Gulf’s bath-warm waters.

Back on dry land, Wahiba Sands is another must-visit on your Oman holiday. In this desert space, you can get involved with a number of experiences, ranging from stargazing to camel riding.


Show More
Show Less

Natural wonders

Natural wonders in Oman

Oman is a nature lover’s paradise, thanks to its diverse flora, intricate corals, fascinating geology and vast wadis. Its natural beauty spots include Wadi Shab. Less than two hours’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Muscat, this place holds all the ingredients for an adventurous day out – you can hike through caves and gorges, admire emerald pools, and gape at dramatic views across gorges. During the summer, the area can become unbearably hot, but if you visit between the cooler months of October to March, you’re in for a treat.

 

Show More
Show Less

Slightly further out lies Jabal Al Akhdar – an impressive expanse of craggy cliffs and limestone rock formations. Here, more daring travellers can traverse Via Ferrata, an obstacle course-like structure that wraps around the mountainside. It offers an otherwise inaccessible view of the desert landscape, which will quite literally take your breath away.

 

Show More
Show Less

Cultural attractions

Cultural attractions

Oman remains somewhat of an anomaly in the Middle East, having managed to keep a firm grip on its culture, despite the pressures of modernity.
The souk – the traditional Arab marketplace – is perhaps one of the most pubic examples of where Omani culture prevails unblemished. The somewhat chaotic atmosphere makes for a fascinating insight into the lives of the local people, and getting lost in the tangle of alleyways is half the fun. You’ll stumble across stalls piled high with perfumes, spices and more.

Show More
Show Less

Oman is also home to a whole host of museums, galleries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ancient water channels, forts and the remains of a caravan oasis in the Land of Frankincense. Nizwa Fort is the sultanate’s most visited national monument and a remarkable window onto the way of life for the Omani people of a bygone era. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Oman

The best time to go on holiday to Oman is between October and March, when the temperatures are comfortable enough for exploring. In the day, it’s usually between 26°C and 30°C – so you can enjoy the sunshine, while still visiting all the major sights. There may be a scattering of showers, but this might be a refreshing relief after a day of trekking in the mountains. Exciting, family-friendly festivals abound during this period, too. If you want to join in with the festivities, check the dates of the annual Muscat Festival – a month-long celebration of Omani culture.

 

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Show Less

From April onwards, temperatures begin to rise rapidly, and the summer months can soar above 40°C. In this heat, you may find it difficult to explore – but, if you’re searching for smaller crowds and lower prices, it’s worth considering.

Show More
Show Less

Essential info

Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to obtain an eVisas before travelling to Oman
Language: Arabic
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Time difference: GMT +4 hours
Flight duration from London: 7 hours
Capital city: Muscat

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