Overview

Birthplace of Sinbad and source of the aromatic treasure – frankincense, Oman is as land of contrasts with a rich heritage. At a crossroads of ancient trading routes, its friendly and hospitable citizens, who have been welcoming visitors for hundreds of years, are justly proud of their carefully preserved culture and way of life. With landscapes ranging from towering sand dunes and lush tropical coastlines to high mountain peaks, turquoise fjords and wide golden beaches, once experienced, Oman is never forgotten - whether for a winter break by the beach, a desert adventure, a diving holiday or a trek in the mountains.

Highlights

Encouraged by a world renowned welcome and an array of attractions, every visitor to Oman wants to discover more.

Inspiring architecture

Classic Islamic design that utilises the finest materials, complements a stunning, hand-woven carpet and a spectacular chandelier that fill the prayer hall of Muscat's Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Natural wonders

Turtle watching beyond compare – there are seven species of sea turtles to be found nesting on Oman's sandy beaches.

Desert heritage

Old Omani heritage at its best at Nizwa Fort. Enjoy the best views of the surrounding date plantations and the breathtaking Hajar Mountains from the top of the forts 40 metre tall round tower.

When to visit

The best time to visit Oman is between October and March, when temperatures are warm yet enjoyable. In the east and north the climate is more Mediterranean, but the surrounding desert helps summer temperatures soar to 40°C. The south has a year round tropical climate and even a monsoon from July to September – keeping temperatures in the high 20°Cs.