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  • The fortified gate to muttrah - a great photo opportunity while on your Oman vacation.
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a popular inclusion on many Oman tours.
  • Men playing dominos
  • When traveling to Oman, a visit to the Royal Opera House is a must.
  • A spectacular sunset in Oman
  • The road to Jebel Harim Musandam

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Oman is a forward-thinking and progressive country situated on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is made up primarily of desert and mountains and offers untouched beauty in its landscapes. Unlike its neighbour, UAE, it is made up of very few high rise buildings and in turn, reflects the traditional character of the country, making an Oman vacation very different to the experience of visiting its Emirate neighbours.

What to do in Oman 

Muscat

Royal Opera House

Built in 2011, this beautiful opera house in Muscat, designed in a unique contemporary style, is Oman’s principal venue for music. It consists of a concert theatre featuring musical, theatrical and operatic performances, formal landscaped gardens, and luxury restaurants. If looking to see a performance to your Oman vacation, the season extends from September to May.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This contemporary yet beautiful mosque was commissioned in 2001 by Sultan Qaboos to commemorate his reign of 30 years and is built in a modern Islamic style. With its minarets, large golden dome, arches, engraved walls, decorated interior, unique lamps and central crystal chandelier, the mosque is an absolute architectural wonder. It boasts one of the world’s largest chandeliers as well as the second-largest Persian carpet in the world, which took 600 women four years to weave. The main prayer hall is elaborate and can accommodate 20,000 worshippers.

The National Museum

Oman’s National Museum was opened as a showcase for Omani heritage. Its several galleries cover the history and culture of Oman, along with big electronic monitors that bring the exhibited crafts to life. The galleries inside the museum are divided as follows: Oman and the World, Intangible Heritage, The Land and the People, Maritime History, Prehistory and Ancient History, Splendours of Islam, Arms and Armour, Currency, and more.

Bait Al Zubair

Bait Al Zubair is a cultural foundation started initially as a private museum that opened to the public in 1998. It is funded by its founders, the Zubair family. It displays the family’s collection of Omani artefacts that spans several centuries and is considered to be one of the finest privately owned collections in the world. The complex consists of five separate buildings as well as a garden, a café, and gift shop. The buildings themselves are as much a part of the collection as the thousands of items on display. This is a museum with an extensive collection of ancient weapons, household articles and costumes (most of which are from the owner's private collection). Outside the museum, you can add a visit to a full-scale Omani village and souk to your Oman vacation.

Al Alam Palace

This palace is one of six royal residences of the ruling monarch, Sultan Qaboos and is located in Old Muscat. With a history of over 200 years, it was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972 in contemporary Islamic design. The inner grounds of the palace remain off-limits but visitors are permitted to stop near the gates and take photographs. The Palace is used for official functions and receiving distinguished visitors.

Nizwa Fort

This fort was built in the 17th Century, took 12 years to finish and is Oman’s most visited national monument on Oman tours. It is a symbol of Oman’s significance through turbulent periods in its long history. The main part of the fort is its enormous drum-like tower that rises 30 metres/98 feet above the ground. Designed to withstand fierce barrages of mortar fire, there are 24 openings all around the top of the tower for this. Two cannons guard the entrance to the fort which opens into a maze of rooms, high-ceilinged halls, doorways, terraces, narrow staircases and corridors. Four cannons remain on the tower's top. They provided complete 360-degree coverage of the countryside around making a surprise attack on the fort virtually impossible without provoking a reply from the cannons.

Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams, also known as the Mountain of Sun, is an impressive mountain in the Al Hajar range. It is the highest mountain in the country and is believed to be the first point where the sun rises, hence its name. The mountain has hiking trails as well as spectacular views of the region from its summit. There is a good view of the deep Wadi Ghul, known locally as the Grand Canyon of Arabia.

Sharqiya Sands

The Sharqiya Sands are beautiful dunes referred to locally as Wahiba Sands. Their colours range from red to brown as far as the eye can see. Home to the Bedouins, the sands offer the visitor a glimpse of a traditional way of nomadic life that is disappearing. They are a good place when visiting Oman to interact with Omani women whose Bedouin lifestyle gives them a more visible social role. Despite their elaborate costumes with peaked masks and an abaya (full-length robe) of gauze, they are accomplished drivers, often coming to the rescue of tourists stuck in the sand. They are also skillful craftspeople and sell colourful woollen key rings and camel bags at some of the camps. You can stay at a desert camp overnight here and enjoy the magnificent night sky.

Ad Dimaniyat Islands

The Ad Dimaniyat Islands lie 18 kilometres/11 miles off the coast and are a UNESCO protected area in Oman, due to the abundance of marine life and migratory birds. They are home to a large number of sea turtles that lay their eggs and nest there. The nine islands are inhabited and perfect for diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs. The white sand beach and pristine blue waters are outstandingly beautiful.

When is the best time to visit Oman?

Oman’s climate is subtropical with extremely hot summers and pleasantly mild winters. From mid-April to mid-October, it is scorching hot. In the winter months, mid-October to mid-April, the daytime is of a Mediterranean-type and the evenings can be cool. The day temperatures will be moderate and balmy, whereas the nights will be quite chilly. There is the odd shower between December and March but otherwise, rain is rare. The temperatures in the high mountainous regions will be somewhat cooler.

If in Oman in January and/or February, one major festival is the Muscat Festival which showcases the Omani culture and heritage through art forms and various activities. It lasts a whole month and is a huge celebration. Events include theatre performances, acrobatic events, educational programmes, sporting, circuses, camel races, contests, recreational programs for children, traditional and international food stalls as well as firework displays.

What types of tours are available in Oman?

To fully get to know Oman, Goway offers a one week tour of the highlights including Muscat, Nizwa, and Wahibi. If time is limited, a stopover in Muscat is also available, the perfect taster for an Oman vacation. For something special, consider a stay at the Chedi Muscat situated on the stunning Boushar Beachfront, The Chedi Muscat exudes elegance, stylish furnishings and is characteristic of traditional Omani architecture.

Oman Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to travelling to Oman.

Learn about the history and culture of Oman, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Oman's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Oman for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Oman tours today!

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