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Infinite rolls of gleaming golden desert. Powder white beaches stretching to the horizon. Glittering waves of cerulean sea. Jaw-dropping, mind-blowingly beautiful buildings in every direction. This must be Oman.

This stunning Middle Eastern Sultanate is ideal for outdoor explorers as it is home to many picturesque landscape features from desert and azure waters to mountains and tropical gardens, all of which are wonderfully unspoilt. You can take in every inch of it by hiking, cycling or roaming the dunes on camels. Thrill seekers can have a go at scaling the Hajjar mountains or try an off-roading experience among the desert sands. Either way, you're sure of a luxury holiday here in Oman.

Yet Oman’s peace fully, slow-paced life attracts the relaxed holidaymaker as well as the active one with leisurely activities like sun bathing, scenic walks along the coast or a slow-paced game of golf on one of the many first class courses that Oman has to offer.

Animal lovers, too, will be more than content with what this fascinating area offers in its natural attractions. The Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve, for example, provides activities such as evening tours to watch the peaceful turtles make their way along the beach. In other areas of Oman there are opportunities to gaze in quiet wonder at the wildlife of the fruit plantations such as the oryx or gazelles.

A harmonious blend of old and new, the capital city of Muscat delights with its lively atmosphere and colourful streets where you can visit mosques, markets, music venues and so much more. Part of its aesthetic attraction is due to Oman’s ancient connections in sea-trade, which has ensured that this beautiful city has influences from around the world, creating a stunningly multicultural setting. The vibrancy and intricacy of this capital makes Oman the gem of the Arabian Peninsula and the perfect oasis of culture, friendliness and relaxation.

While you are here, why not spend a night, a week or a month in one of the magnificent hotels on offer? Attracting well-known chains such as Shangri-La and The Grand Hyatt, every kind of accommodation is available for your choosing here in Oman – think luxury, five star amenities and first rate rooms.


Discover the underbelly of Oman with a thrilling journey into one of its many underground worlds of caves, passages and labyrinths. With incredible natural structures such as the second largest underground chamber in the word, the Majlis Al Jinn (spirits’ meeting place) or the Al Hoota Cave both of which organise daily guided tours and exciting adventures. These aren’t the only caverns to explire however, as the area offers more than 10 caves and earthy playgrounds to discover. You’ll see a whole new side to Oman.
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Good to know

  • Currency: OMR
  • Flying time to destination:
    7.5 hours from London
  • After Dark Destination: Zouk Bar and Club
  • In A Word: Fascinating

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 21°c   Feb: 22°c   Mar: 26°c  
Apr: 30°c   May: 34°c   Jun: 35°c  
Jul: 35°c   Aug: 32°c   Sep: 32°c  
Oct: 30°c   Nov: 26°c   Dec: 23°c  


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Oman in a Nutshell

Adventure Awaits
  • Adventure seekers, your time has come! Dune bashing is one of the great attractions of the Omani desert and it’s not difficult to see why, with miles of golden sands just waiting for you to tear them up, off-road style. If you just want to go along for a thrilling ride, there are plenty of expert drivers ready for hire who will show you how it’s done.
  • Talk about a private pool, the Bimmah (or Dibab) Sinkhole in the Hawiyat Najm Park is surrounded by nothingness for miles and is located in the peaceful heart of the nature reserve. About 20 metres deep, this turquoise slice of heaven is the perfect place to enjoy a day of swimming.
  • Although you may ned to acquire a permit to visit, the Jebel Samhan leopard sanctuary is a must if you can make it. Not only will you be able to view these beautiful wild creatures but there are a number of other attractions to make the trip worth your while, from the Tawi Attair (well of birds) or the Taiq Caves – a labyrinth of limestone holes going deep into the hills. Or just drive to the summit of this mountainous landscape and admire the picture-perfect panorama of the coast.
After Dark Destinations
  • Relax in sophisticated style at the John Barry in the Grand Hyatt hotel in Oman’s capital, Muscat. With décor reminiscent of a ship’s hull, this popular bar and eatery offers entertainment such as live music.
  • If you’re up for a bit more of a dance than just a drink, then Club Safari is the place for you. One of Muscat’s most popular places to get down, this safari park themed venue is a great place to celebrate a special occasion with friends.
  • Definitely on the beat of trendiness, On the Rocks Restaurant and Lounge looks like an ice bar with its glowing blue lights and minimalist white décor. Found at the Golden Tulip Hotel in the coastal fishing village of Al-Seeb, the cocktails in this lounge are said to be some of the best in Oman. If all the dancing makes you peckish, you’ll be equally delighted with their international mix of the very finest food.
Soak Up the Culture
  • Ever wondered where Frankincense comes from? Well, you will now at any rate, and where better to begin your journey of discovery than at the Young Living farm? The first and only company in the world with permission to distil and export Frankincense in Oman, this beautifully quaint, tree-lined farm has a smell that will draw you in from miles away. Learn all about the process of distillery and take home a few souvenirs.
  • Visit Oman’s famous Empty Quarter, a vast open space of desert with nothing but you and the sky. This is the space that has bewitched countless explorers before you like Laurence of Arabia. So, take advantage of the utter lack of light pollution and camp in the warm desert night under the softly shimmering light of a thousand Arabian stars.
  • Take a refreshing walk down the two-mile route of the Mutrah Corniche and take in Muscat’s most stunning cultural sights. Watch as the rows of dhow boats take off from the glittering shoreline or come in to land with the catch of the day. Finish your walk by meandering through the joyfully busy laneways of the city and haggle over treasures in the market place or enjoy a fresh Arabic coffee with the locals.
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