Peaceful and tranquil, Oman occupies the south-eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, where it has long been an important gateway for trade between Africa and Asia. And our Oman group tours and tailor-made holidays are one of the best ways to explore what is arguably the Middle East’s most underrated destination.
A land of ancient seafarers, and home to the legendary Sinbad, historically Oman was closed off to the outside world and, even today, still exudes a captivating aura of myth and mystery. A compelling blend of the old and the new, its impeccably maintained capital, Muscat, combines traditional Arabic and Islamic styles with ancient fortifications and architectural treasures that sets it apart from many other oil-rich modern cities in the Middle East.
Outside the cities, visitors can immerse themselves in Oman’s spectacular desert scenery, riddled with rugged mountains, hidden oases and a coastline of quite staggering beauty. Perhaps surprisingly, Oman is home to the world’s largest population of loggerhead turtles and to the endangered green turtle. Not to be missed is the Rub’ al Kahli or ‘Empty Quarter’ – the largest sand desert in the world and also home to the world’s tallest sand dune. This vast landscape is eerily silent but is the perfect backdrop to camping under the unveiled stars with Bedouin and exciting 4x4 drives over the unending dunes.
Heading north, travellers might be surprised to come across fjord like enclaves of the Musandam Peninsula, a small area separated from the main body of Oman by the UAE. Towards the east sits the ancient town of Nizwa, once the capital of the Imamate of Oman which grew rich from its position on the nearby trade routes. Nizwa Fort, an impressive 17th century fortification, dominates the town and is definitely worth a visit. To the south, beyond the Qara Mountains, lies the city of Salalah, a surprisingly lush Eden, whose waterfalls and frankincense trees benefit from the annual fruits of the monsoon rains. In a country that is 80% desert, Salalah is a real treat and every trip to Oman is completed by the hospitality of its welcoming people, who are visibly proud of their unique country.
Today, Oman enjoys a reputation as a forward-thinking Arabic country with luxury hotels and a stable government, but it still manages to retain much of its old desert traditions and proud history – something we endeavour to showcase on all of our Oman tours.
From September through to late march you can generally expect some fine weather (mid 20s) in Sana’a, though evening temperatures can be rather cool. You should come prepared for hot sunny days and the heat is generally dry. As ever you can expect extremes in the desert, though temperatures should never be too hot or too cold. In the British summertime the heat can be extraordinary and our general advice if travelling then is get near some air conditioning!
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Oman, though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Oman so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
We also recommend:
• A dental check-up prior to travelling.
• You inform us of any pre-existing medical conditions or medication.
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