Oman

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Oman

Oman

From off-road adventures in its majestic mountains and desert camping under the stars, Oman is an undiscovered treasure. Whether you’re hoping to spot dolphins off the shore or embrace the buzz of the growing capital city Muscat, Oman offers an authentic and friendly Arabian experience.

Known for its warm hospitality, Oman is a fascinating country, with ancient traditions, a rich history and vast natural beauty.

  • With five of the world’s species of sea turtle coming here to nest, spotting them along Oman’s coast is a charming highlight.
  • Visit Jebel Shams, the country’s highest peak and incredible Wadi Ghul, a gorge that rivals the Grand Canyon in scale.
  • Take a 4WD tour of Wahiba Sands, watch the sun setting over dramatic sand dunes and camp under the stars in this incredibly diverse desert region.
  • Wander the streets, souks and shorelines of Muscat, one of the most charming capitals of the Arabian Peninsula.

When to visit

October to April is the most pleasant time to visit. In summer, expect humid conditions at the coast but a dry heat further inland. From May to September, the southern Dhofar region is uniquely transformed by the khareef, a monsoon that turns everything green and brings lower temperatures.

Areas of Oman

  • Muscat
  • Musandam
  • Dhofar
  • Nizwa and Jebel Shams
  • Ras al Jinz

History

There’s evidence of life in Oman as far back as 100,000 years, and the region was part of the Persian Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BC. Oman later followed the lead of Persia and converted to Islam in the 7th century. The Portuguese took Muscat in the early 16th century and many of the 500 forts in the country were built around this time. Portugal dominated Oman’s valuable coastline for 150 years, but by the end of the 18th century, Oman had become a major trading empire in its own right, ruling Mombasa and Zanzibar. Oman was also a British protectorate from 1891 through to the 1950s. Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said came to power in a bloodless coup in 1970 and embarked on a period of political, economic and industrial reform that continues today.