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Wahiba Sands, Oman

Oman

Oman is an intriguing mix of rich history and diverse landscapes; from Arabian palaces and historic forts to towering sand dunes and lush verdant mountains. Find your adventure in scuba diving, fossil hunting, desert camping and witnessing turtles hatch.

Providing a fantastic choice for adults and children alike, a holiday to Oman offers huge diversity from relaxing beaches to adventures into the mountains and desert.

The hotels are superb and, as Oman is a relatively small country, it is easy to venture out on day excursions or longer more varied trips away from Muscat without incurring long, uncomfortable road journeys.

Children walking with camels, Oman
Oman

Why we like Oman

Oman is squeaky clean (it is a fineable offence to have a dirty car), safe and organised but still reminds you that you’re in Arabia. The weather is consistently good much of the year and it is only a relatively short flight from the UK. Plus, it is possible to be met air-side off the plane in Muscat, to receive assistance with the visa process, and more importantly, with bags and children.

Pool, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Mountains, Oman
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Mountains & Wadis, Oman

Discover extraordinary in Oman

  • Travel with tents in the footsteps of Wilfred Thesiger.
  • Forget the normal car transfer, arrive at the Six Senses Zighy Bay on a paraglider.
  • Wake up on a remote beach and watch the sunrise over Ras Al Jinz.
  • Explore the lost city of Ubar with hardly another visitor – discovered by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Explore Oman

  • Muscat
  • Salalah
  • Wahiba
  • Musandan
  • Wadis
  • Masirah Island

Experiences

Jebel Akhdar Bike Tour

Cycle the trails in the Jebel Akhdar with bikes suitable for all ages.

Arabian Fjords Cruise

Cruise amongst the Arabian fjords on a traditional dhow from the Six Senses Zighy Bay.

Daymaniyat Islands

Set sail to the Daymaniyat Islands and swim or snorkel to view the impressive and varied marine life.

Visit a Bedouin Family

Spend time with a local, Bedouin family to learn about their culture and way of life.

Camp in the Desert

Camp under the stars in Wahiba Sands or the Empty Quarter.

Dune Boarding

Try your hand at dune boarding.

Camel Trekking

Trek by camel along the dunes.

Explore the Desert

Venture out into the southern desert to the ruins of the ancient city of Ubar, sometimes known as the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’.

Camp in the Empty Quarter

Drive by 4×4 into the world’s largest uninterrupted sand sea, the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) and camp amongst the enormous dunes.

Visit the Samhuram Ruins

Visit the ruined city of Samhuram, or Queen of Sheba’s Palace.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Frequently asked questions about Oman

Can I eat out in Oman?

Most of the decent restaurants are in Muscat and the majority of those within hotels. Outside the capital, the food is pretty basic and some places are not overly clean. When travelling through the country a picnic is often a good option.

Can I rent a car in Oman?

Yes, renting a car is a great way of getting off the beaten track and the majority of the roads are ‘black top’. Getting up the mountains needs a permit and a 4×4 vehicle. Driving in the desert requires some skill.

Can I use my mobile phone in Oman?

Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies, but these can be expensive. It is possible to purchase a local sim card which will be cheaper when making local and international calls. Phones are available at most hotels and restaurants. Phoning from any hotel room can be very expensive, enquire at the reception.

Can I wear a swimming costume on local beaches?

Yes, while staying at a hotel normal swimwear if fine. The beaches are public so you may feel more comfortable wearing a full piece and having some sort of cover-up to wear over.

How should I dress when sightseeing?

Oman is a moderate, yet conservative country so always best to wear sleeves below the elbow and bottoms below the knee to show respect to the local culture. A headscarf for women is required for the mosque and long trousers for men.

Is it ok to drink alcohol in public?

The short answer is no. Alcohol is only available at licensed bars and restaurants(and usually found in hotels), and should only be consumed at these locations. Some camps and smaller hotels do allow you to bring your own and this can be organised before hand.

Is there an etiquette to photographing people?

Being a conservative country, when photographing people you must ask beforehand to ensure you do not cause offence. To ask “May I take your picture?” in Arabic is Mumkin sura, min fadlak? (To a man) or Mumkin sura, min fadlik? (To a woman).

What is the international dialling code for Oman?

968

What is the time zone in Oman?

Oman is four hours ahead of GMT.

How long are the flights to Oman from the UK?

Anyone wishing to visit Oman will fly to Muscat with either British Airways or Oman Air. The flight time is around 7 hours and 45 minutes.

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