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Oman Holidays

Sitting on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has not bought into modern opulence as much as its neighbours. Known as a hidden gem of the Middle East, your holiday in Oman offers cultural voyages of discovery and electrifying desert adventures in equal measure.

Expect Grand Mosques, golden coastlines, off-road driving, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Human settlement can be traced back over 8,500 years in Oman, and many of its most important landmarks still exist today. Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. Home to numerous ancient forts; you’ll be transported back in time as you meander through cobbled streets, lined with jewel-shaped archways. Haggle for a bargain on aromatic spices, luxurious silks, and traditional souvenirs at one of the country’s many jubilantly chaotic souks. If you like delving into history then you will certainly enjoy a visit to The National Museum of Muscat, where you can appreciate ancient artefacts and learn of Oman's heritage, dating back to the earliest human settlement in Oman's peninsula some two million years ago.

Oman holidays - shimmering mosques & bustling souks

During your Oman holidays we highly recommend you take a day trip to the village of Birkat Al Mauz where you’ll be surrounded by breath-taking scenery and exotic fruit plantations. Learn of the local’s ancient cultivation process using the traditional falaj system. For an exhilarating adventure, why not get behind the wheel of a 4x4 and explore the sparkling natural pools of the wild wadis? You can even skate across the desert dunes, some of which rise to over 100 metres. Spend your night at a luxury desert camp and watch a breath-taking sunset over the dunes before enjoying a traditional Arabian meal under the stars.

Whatever your holiday wish list, we’ve been crafting tailor-made holidays for 65 years. Give our Destination Specialists a call today and we will help you to create an unforgettable tailor-made Oman holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Discover the unique architecture of Oman’s palaces, forts and ancient souks that make Oman a perfect stop-over destination to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Experience dramatic coastlines and rugged-mountains to wild wadis and vast sandy deserts
  • Hike or bike through lush landscapes, explore the dunes in a 4x4 or take a refreshing dip in one of Oman’s many natural pools
  • Wander through the city of Muscat and admire Oman’s ancient heritage, beautifully melded with modern living

Our favourite hotels

Whether you are planning a family holiday in Oman or adventurous Oman multi-centre holidays, let us help you find the perfect accommodation. Browse our favourite places to stay in Oman - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Salalah

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £939  pp

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Resort view

The Chedi Muscat

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,159  pp

The Chedi Muscat

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,029  pp

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Infinity Pool

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,069  pp

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. eight hours. Direct flights are available from London and indirect services are available via other Middle Eastern cities.

Currency

OMR - Omani Rial

Visa Information

British passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival to Oman.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Oman.

Oman has an intrinsic modesty that belies its showstopping beauty. Often overshadowed by its extravagant Gulf neighbours, it’s managed to retain a sense of mystery, with unexplored deserts, untouched beaches, and Bedouin settlements where time stood still centuries back. You’ll notice even the cities, like the capital of Muscat, are high-rise-free zones. The result? You get an unadulterated taste of this country’s incredible past.

  • Oman landscape

    Souk shopping

    Brush up on bartering techniques, as you’ll need them on holiday in Oman. Haggle for a bargain on aromatic spices, luxurious silks, and traditional souvenirs at one of the country’s many jubilantly chaotic souks. An explosion of colour, Mutrah Souq is Oman’s oldest souk. Wend your way around the maze of tiny shops selling everything from daggers to shoes to famous Omani sweets. Let your nose follow the tantalising scents of frankincense before stopping just outside for a refreshing juice.

  • Jeep Safari, Oman

    Wahiba Sands

    Omani desert dunes can rise to over 100 metres and slope at an angle over 45 degrees. For an exhilarating adventure, get behind the wheel of a 4x4 and safari dune bash alongside a Bedouin who knows each speck of sand intimately. Lengthen your stay and live like your Bedouin guides by spending the night in the desert beside your herd of camels, watching the glowing sunset and gazing up at the dazzling starry sky.

  • Visit ancient forts

    Oman is home to numerous ancient forts; stepping through the jewel-shaped archways you’ll be transported back in time. Bahla Fort is not only one of the oldest and biggest forts in the country, but it’s the only Omani fort on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built as early as 500 BC, it comprises numerous wells, towers, and mosques to explore. Allow a good couple of hours to investigate each room in detail.

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Average weather in January

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21ºC
17mm

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22ºC
19mm

Average weather in March

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26ºC
32mm

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30ºC
30mm

Average weather in May

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34ºC
3mm

Average weather in June

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Oman
35ºC
15mm

Average weather in July

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Oman
35ºC
7mm

Average weather in August

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Oman
32ºC
13mm

Average weather in September

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32ºC
12mm

Average weather in October

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Oman
30ºC

Average weather in November

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26ºC
3mm

Average weather in December

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23ºC
23mm
  • a man looking at the camera

    Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “Travel in a 4x4 to Jebel Akhdar Mountains where you’ll find operational farms dating back hundreds to thousands of years. This location is surrounded in fruit plantations and offers stunning views and scenery.”

  • “When visiting the Grand Mosque, ensure you respect the religious and cultural norms of Oman. Both men and women must ensure they are dressed conservatively. Long trousers and covered shoulders for men, covered head, covered arms, and long trousers or floor-length skirts for women."

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    Val

    Destination Specialist

    “Spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin Camp in Wahiba Sands for a real Arabian adventure. Go on an adrenaline pumping dune safari and then go for dinner, cooked in the traditional style, and underground.”

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Oman holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Muscat Festival

    Lasting for a month from around the end of January, Muscat Festival is a highlight of the capital’s year, featuring nightly fireworks, a ‘living’ replica of an Omani village with sweet-making and craft displays, exhibitions from regional countries, and events such as laser shows and traditional dancing.

  • Khareef Season

    Oman is known for its jaw-dropping greenery and oasis in the monsoon season – referred to as khareef. The khareef causes the lands to become covered in green and the hills are often surrounded by white fog. During this season there is a light rain/drizzle almost 24 hours a day.

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Oman holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.

  • Shuwa

    Omani Shuwa is the national dish of Oman. This dish consists of slow cooked lamb, marinated with spices and usually served over deliciously aromatic basmati rice.

  • Omani Halwa

    Halwa is considered Oman’s national dessert and is hugely popular wherever you choose to eat. Omani halwa is made with almonds and farina (creamed, milled wheat), caramelized sugar, rose water, saffron, butter and cardamon.

  • Um Ali

    Um ali is a dessert that combines the creaminess of bread pudding and the cinnamon nut stuffing of baklava. This is a wonderful treat whether it is warm out of the oven or cold out of the fridge, and not to be missed during your Oman holidays.

Our Oman destinations

a man sitting on top of a wooden ramp

Oman

Sur

Sur
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Oman

Muscat

Muscat
Khareef, Salalah

Oman

Salalah

Salalah
Views of Al Jabal al Akhdar

Oman

Al Jabal al Akhdar

Al Jabal al Akhdar
Desert safari

Oman

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct flights to Oman take approximately 7 hours and 35 minutes. British Airways currently offers five direct flights a week, from London Heathrow to Muscat International Airport, and Oman Air offers daily direct flights. Alternatively, there are several indirect options from UK airports.

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