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.
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Our favorite 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.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
The Chedi Muscat
Al Bustan Palace
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.
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.
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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“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."
“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.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Oman holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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