Oman

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A mysterious desert kingdom, spectacular Oman feels a million miles away from the mundane.

Renowned for its authenticity and natural character, steeped in spiritualism, history and a rich cultural identity, encompassing warm beaches, shifting sand dunes and shimmering deserts as well as temperate mountains, fertile valleys and lush oases, Oman is everything you ever imagined, and so much more.

In contrast to other, more commercialised regions in the Middle East, Oman has never forgotten its cultural roots, and wears its heart on its sleeve. Everything – the warm hospitality, the distinctive heritage, the delicious cuisine – feels genuine and unstudied, less superficial and more wholesome. From endless Damask rose fields and verdant wadis to bustling souqs, redolent with the exotic scents of frankincense, the colours seem brighter, the smells more fragrant, and the memories more clearly etched in the mind.

An Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, on the mouth of the Persian Gulf, Oman is a stable and wealthy nation. Welcoming to tourists, boasting plenty of luxurious resorts and high temperatures all year round, it is an ideal destination for those in search of the sun. Once enigmatic and relatively unknown, the country is emerging as an in-demand holiday hotspot which is likely only to grow in popularity.

Far more diverse than you might expect, Oman's incredibly varied landscape lends its different regions their own unique characters and microclimates. Whether you're looking for inspiring safaris and encounters with local tribes and nomadic Bedouin caravans in the deserts of Wahiba, or cooler temperatures and outdoor adventures in the mountains of Jebel Akhdar or Musandam. Tranquil, sun-soaked beaches in Salalah, or the delights of Muscat, which combines sand and surf with spiritual mosques, museums, art galleries, bazaars and historic sites in a glorious collision of culture and charm, there's something for everyone here.

With over 2,000 kilometres of coastline, girdled by bright, sandy beaches and warm seas, Oman is heaven on earth for water sports enthusiasts. Home to spectacular coral reefs and teeming with wildlife like dolphins, whales, moray eels, turtles and whale sharks, it's one of the most fantastic dive destinations in the area, and with a fraction of the visitors.

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Fast facts

  • Time Difference

    GMT +4

  • Currency

    Omani Rial

  • Capital

    Muscat

  • Flight Time

    Approx. 7 hrs 20 mins

  • Best Time To Go

    Resort dependent

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