Distinctive Oman, despite being close to the petrodollar monsters, is modest, welcoming, and full of dignity.
Why do tourists choose Oman? Firstly, unlike other countries of the Persian Gulf, nature here is very picturesque: mountains, waterfalls, savannahs, tropics, fjords. Secondly, Oman miraculously preserved its Arab identity: in fact, it is the only Middle Eastern country that did not “fit” under modern civilization and at the same time retained a high standard of living. Thirdly, there is a rich “excursion” here, since the history of this land can easily compete in the duration and richness of events with many world “mastodons”. But young people in Oman can be pretty boring: there is very little entertainment, and there are no nightclubs at all.
And Oman is also the place where Job was buried, the Queen of Sheba ruled, and from where Sinbad set off on his legendary voyage. The ruler of the country – the sultan – pays a lot of attention to the environment: there are national parks in all parts of the country, coastal areas are protected. In the reserves of Oman, rare animals are found: the oryx antelope, the giant sea turtle, the nearly extinct Arabian tahr (wild goat), the wolf and leopard, the striped hyena, and the ash falcon. The most widespread type of recreation in Oman is scuba diving (the country ranks second after Egypt in fishing and diving). All conditions for motorsport and karting are also created.
Fly into Muscat International Airport either through the national carrier of Oman Air or the handful of Middle Eastern operators such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad, which all offer flights with one plane change.
Once in Oman, there are domestic airports 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 truly explore the country. To really 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 are available. Opt for a four-wheel-drive vehicle, which will be important 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.