Are you entertaining the idea of visiting Oman? In my experience, it only takes a quick flick through photos of Oman to tip the scales in this country’s favour. One look at Oman’s palm-fringed wadis,
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Oman Travel Guide
“I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty.”
– Joy Harjo
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The Land of Frankincense
A complete contrast to some of its more ostentatious neighbours, Oman is a lesson in understated beauty. This is a nation that’s held onto its cultural identity and Bedouin heritage with a firm grip. It’s also one of the most budget-friendly – and accessible – countries on the Arabian Peninsular.
Add to that natural beauty of otherworldly proportions, unrestricted wild camping and highways that are made for road tripping, and you have the perfect recipe for your first encounter with the Middle East.
Oman Travel Essentials
when to go
April/May (shoulder season) or Oct-Mar (winter high season).
Fly into Muscat or Salalah, or drive/bus from the UAE.
Best Things to Do in Oman
From Muscat’s elegant Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House to the humble mud village of Misfat Al Abriyeen, from 3,000-plus kilometres of coastline dotted with wooden dhow boats to the rocky peaks of the Jebel Shams mountains, Oman literally has it all.
Spend your days wandering around Oman’s desert sandcastles, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bahla Fort, and the imposing Nizwa Fort. When the heat gets too much, find your salvation in the shade of a dancing date palm. As you emerge from the shadowy, labyrinthine Muttrah Souq into the blistering sun on the Corniche, the smell of frankincense and cardamom coffee will follow you.
The charm of Omani culture and hospitality is matched by the country’s extreme landscape. Highlights of a trip to Oman include searching the sand dunes for Wadi Shab, a real-life oasis cut from the desert, plunging feet-first into the Bimmah Sinkhole on a steaming day, and watching the hatchlings make a break for it at Raz Al Jinz Turtle Reserve on a cool night.
Dune bashing in the Sharqiya Sands (Wahiba Sands) at the edge of the Empty Quarter that bridges Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is another Oman must-do – not to mention spending a night under the stars at a luxury desert camp.
Plan Your Visit to Oman
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My Oman Favourites
Jebel Akhdar, Al Hajar mountains.
Majboos (rice with meat), Kahwa (coffee with cardamom) & Halwa (sweet date dessert).
Taking a morning dip in Wadi Bani Khalid.