Holidays to Oman, Middle East

With a rich heritage, stunning locations to explore and delicious local cuisine to enjoy, Oman is a fantastic location to visit, whether as a main attraction, or as a short trip from the neighbouring United Arab Emirates

Oman has a beautiful and rugged natural landscape, and the countryside is dotted with historic forts and towers which were once great defences against potential invaders in Oman’s past as a major player in international trade in the region. The fabulous Zighy Bay, one of the Middle East’s best beaches, is framed by mountains and blessed with turquoise waters and gentle rolling waves and it is also the site of Wadi Ghul; the ‘Grand Canyon of Arabia’. This dramatic trench is over a kilometre deep and made to look even deeper thanks to its proximity to Oman’s tallest mountain, Jebel Shams, which stands at almost 10,000 feet.

The fabulous Zighy Bay, one of the Middle East’s best beaches, is framed by mountains and blessed with turquoise waters and gentle rolling wave. It's  also the site of Wadi Ghul; the 'Grand Canyon of Arabia’. This dramatic trench is over a kilometre deep and made to look even deeper thanks to its proximity to Oman’s tallest mountain, Jebel Shams, which stands at almost 10,000 feet.

Oman is rich in culture, with the capital, Muscat, being on the map since at least the sixth century BC. It’s also home to the world’s third longest-serving monarch who has reigned since 1970 – only the Sultan of Brunei and Queen Elizabeth II have held the crown for longer. 

The silver-sheathed Khanjar is the national symbol of Oman, and these are readily available at silver shops, alongside the beautiful and popular Omani silver goods such as Nizwa Boxes, rosewater shakers, and jewellery. Perfumes are also a popular product in the region, and it is a great place to explore traditional ingredients including frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, jasmine and many other gorgeous scents.

Highlights

  • Pick up stunning traditional silverwork in the souks

  • Explore the historic forts around Muscat

Key info

  • Capital City: Muscat

  • Language: Arabic

  • Currency: Omani rial

  • Time difference: GMT + 3 hours

  • Flight time: 7.5 hours direct

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Places to go in Oman

Map of Oman