Oman is a land of incredible contrast and diversity. From the coastal fjords and towering mountains of the north to the vast empty deserts of the south, Oman has something to offer everyone.
The country is also home to a rich and vibrant culture with a fascinating history dating back thousands of years. Oman is a great place to visit for those who want to experience something unique.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Oman is between October and April when the weather is more relaxed and more pleasant. The summer months can be scorching, with temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.
The best way to get around Oman is by car. The roads are generally in good condition, and there is a good network of highways connecting the major towns and cities.
If you plan to explore the more remote parts of the country, it is worth considering hiring a 4WD vehicle.
A wide range of accommodation is available in Oman, from luxurious hotels and resorts to more basic guesthouses and hostels. Prices will vary depending on the time of year and the comfort level you require.
Things to Do
There is plenty to see and do in Oman, no matter your interests. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, camping, diving, and snorkeling.
For those interested in culture and history, there are many museums and archaeological sites to explore. The capital, Muscat, is home to the grand Sultan Qaboos Mosque, while the old city of Nizwa is renowned for its traditional souks (markets).
Getting off the beaten track is easy in Oman, and there are many incredible places to discover. A journey into the desert will allow you to experience the true beauty of the country, while a hike through the mountains will take you to some of the most stunning scenery in the Middle East.
Oman is served by many international airports, the most important of which is Muscat International Airport. Oman Air and Gulf Air operate regular flights to and from Muscat, while other airlines offer connecting services. Such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad, which all offer flights with one plane change.
Once in Oman, domestic airports are located in Salalah, Duqm, Sohar, and Khasab. Currently, there is no rail system. Public buses will get you to the main cities, but they offer limited routes to explore the country. To experience Oman, you should either be accompanied by a local Omani guide (more on this below) or, if you’re set on exploring solo, international car-hire chains such as Avis, Budget, and Thrifty available. Opt for a four-wheel-drive vehicle, which will be necessary for off-road exploration.
Oman has a subtropical arid climate with a pronounced monsoon influence. Summers are hot and humid on the coast and hot and dry in the interior. Winter is moderately warm. The best time to visit Oman is from September to April, from May to August – very hot and humid. It rains very rarely, in Muscat, there are 320-350 sunny days a year. The average temperature in the capital: September +36 ° C, November +30 ° C, January +25 ° C, June +41 ° C, July +39 ° C, August +37 ° C.
Average air temperature in Muscat: September +36 ° C, October +35 ° C, November +30 ° C, December +27 ° C, January +25 ° C, February +27 ° C, March +30 ° C, April + 33 ° C, May +39 ° C, June +41 ° C, July +39 ° C, August +37 ° C.
Average air temperature in Salalah: September +29 ° C, October +31 ° C, November +33 ° C, December +29 ° C, January +29 ° C, February +28 ° C, March +30 ° C, April + 32 ° C, May +33 ° C, June +33 ° C, July +29 ° C, August +29 ° C.
The food in Oman is a mix of Arabian, Indian and Persian influences. The use of spices is common, and you will often find dishes that are both sweet and savory.
There are many restaurants and cafes in the major towns and cities, offering both local and international cuisine. Alcohol is available in Oman, but only in licensed premises such as hotels and restaurants.