If you have been to Dubai and want to experience something a little different in the Middle East then consider Oman as your next destination. With daily flights from London to Muscat taking just over 7 hours flying time. Oman offers pristine white beaches, vast deserts with historic forts, ancient souks and beautiful Mosques.
If you love sight-seeing then there are lots to see in Oman where Muscat has the 3rd largest mosque and the Royal palace Qasr Al Alam. you can also take a visit out to the desert to the Wahba Sands, just 3 hours from Muscat, to see the Bedouin camps, take a drive in a 4×4 or a ride on a camel. Visit the former capital which is the oldest city in Oman, Nizwa, here you can see the goat and cattle market which dates back to the middle ages. Or visit the Fort, the souq and Falaj Darris.
Oman is the third largest country in the Arabian Peninsula and borders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Accommodation in Oman
Luxury can be found in many hotels in Oman from small boutique hotels to large luxury complexes there is something to suit everyone. If you are considering Muscat as your destination then a stay at the Chedi Muscat Hotel would be an excellent choice with its 370 metre private beach and luxury suites. For an excellent family choice of hotel visit the Shangri la Muscat with its lazy river swimming pool, and the little turtles kids club from 4 years of age to 12 years and the Teens club from 13 to 16 years of age. There is also an adults only area for those parents that want complete chilling time when their children are in the Turtle Club.
Oman also offers self catering, guest houses and youth hostel accommodation as well as hotels from 1 star to 5 star throughout the country and in Muscat.
Family holidays in Oman
Oman offers 8 Five star resorts and complexes for family holidays accommodating from the small to the old. It makes the perfect choice for an autumn or spring break with warm sunshine and pristine white beaches. The hotels offer excellent children’s clubs with many activities throughout the day to keep the little ones occupied. Some hotels also offer excellent clubs for Teenagers from the age of 12 years to 17 years.
Honeymoons in Oman
For the ultimate in Honeymoon destinations try the Six Senses Hideaway in Zighy Bay to get to the resort you can choose between a scenic drive through the mountains, a 15 minute speed boat ride from one of the ports or a be a companion with the hotels professional paragliders and paraglide into the hotel. It has its own 1.6 kilometer private beach surrounded by mountains and a private marina. The rooms are all with private pool villas with upgrades available to the retreat or private reserve.
Shopping In Oman
The jewelry in Oman is very different and something that will remind you of your stay. Look out for the wonderful silver designs with that Arabic feel. With the introduction of many new air conditioned shopping malls the choice is now more than just some souks or market stalls. One thing you need to remember when shopping in Oman, Haggle! A visit to the Muttrah Souk is a must.
Sports in Oman
Oman offers many sporting activities including hiking, diving, windsurfing, sailing and kite surfing as well as tennis, horse riding and golf.
Weather in Oman
The hottest months are June through August where temperatures are over 40 degrees with the rainiest months being January to March. Winters are cooler with minimum lows of 10 degrees.
Oman Car Hire
Driving a car hire in Oman is relatively easy as they drive on the right hand side of the road and all the road signs are in English as well as Arabic. The main road travels from East to West connecting the cities of Muscat and Sohor.
Driving a car at night in Oman can be dangerous due to the stray Camels that can walk on to the road without warning. It is also advisable to keep your doors locked when driving at night in Oman.
It is necessary to obtain a local license which can be arranged from the local police by presenting your national driving license or International Driving Permit.
Heavy fines are in place for driving incidents such as Driving under the influence of drink or drugs, using a mobile phone while driving. Seat belts must be worn at all times.
Rent a car in Oman and visit the stunning beaches, mountains and deserts of this beautiful country. Oman is a truly wonderful holiday destination offer a contrast of sights to see. Car rental in Oman can be found at the airport and some hotels in the major cities.
Essential Information on Oman
Capital City Muscat
Language – Arabic English
Currency – Omani Rial
Electricity – 220/240V
Flight time from london average 7 hours
Time difference – GMT +4 hours
For more information on Oman visit Oman Tourist Board
|Languages spoken||Arabic English|
|Visa requirements||Tourist Visa on arrival|