Oman

About Oman

Although modern in its approach, Oman is a country which believes in preserving its rich traditions and culture. Discover crumbling Portuguese forts, magnificent desert sand dunes or follow in the foot steps of centuries old merchant traders and explorers. String together the polished exteriors of Muscat and bind it with the bustle of a souk that adheres as well as serves as a departure from the usual impressions of an Arabic bazaar. Glide through the array of carpets and spices and push towards the silence of a bronze desert, as you weave your way through this Arabian delight making this a must visit destination for people in their 30’s and 40’s.

 

Best time to visit: Oman is best visited between October and April, when the temperatures are warm (17°C to 35°C) and turtles can be seen at Ras al Jinz. The country has a reliably warm climate, so as long as you avoid the scorching summer months between June and August, you can visit any time.

Currency:  Omani rial

Weather and average temperature: Oman has a subtropical, dry climate with summer monsoons and hot, dusty winds. Average annual temperature ranges from 10°C to 12°C in the north while ranging from 16°C to 18°C in the south. Annual average rainfall ranges from 150 mm to 300 mm in the north while ranging from 50 mm to 150 mm in the south.

National Language: Arabic

Top Dishes to try: Majboos this dish is rice mixed with saffron cooked with spicy red or white meat.

Shuwa is a celebratory Omani dish that is only prepared on special occasions like Eid or during the festival.

Activities


Visit the Great Mosque of Sultan Qaboos

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the country's tallest structure with an imposing 90-metre minaret. The mosque has four further minarets and together the five towers symbolise the five pillars of Islam: profession of faith, prayers, giving of alms, fasting and pilgrimage.

4 x4 Wahiba sand dunes

Hop onto your 4X4 wheel drive and chase it over the chocolate coloured dunes. Kick up some sand as you drive through this barren expanse and ease up a little as you watch a copper sun lick the dunes with a reddish glow.

Visit Nizwa Fort

Oman’s most famous fort distinguished by its round tower, and peek into the 12th century Omani defence systems.

Turtle Beach

Watch the sea turtles emerge out of the waters and head for terra firma in order to nest. July - October is the peak time for turtle watching in Oman

Oman Trips


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