Welcome to
Oman

The Sultanate of Oman, on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, boasts almost 1700 kms of magnificent coastline, stretching along the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.  It is the second largest country in Arabia with some of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes including the jagged peaks of the Hajar Mountains in the far north, the Batinah coast with its fertile plain, magnificent tracts of desert, waterfalls, hot springs and a lush south.

OmanAn ancient civilisation, Oman's history can be traced back to 2000BC.  Strategically located on the crossroads of several trade routes that linked the ancient world, it became the centre of power in the 17th century.  Evidence of a glorious past is spread all over the country with more than 500 forts, castles and towers.  The mix of traditions and influences is expressed in the food, dress and architecture.

FortMuscat
Muscat the capital of Oman, enchants the visitor.  The old port area where the Sultan's main palace is located is a fascinating place to wander.  The old town, squeezed between the sea and the hills, is steeped in history.  The three forts stand tall - the Mutruh fort set on a hill, the Jalali and the Mirani on guard at the entrance to Muscat.  The souk is a must to visit as are the Heritage and National Museums.


OmanSalalah
Oman's second city, offers a striking alternative to Muscat, here among the myths and legends, coconut palms grow on the water's edge, groves of bananas papaya and watermelons flourish and lagoons are home to an array of birds.  Benefiting from annual monsoon rains between June and September it is the ideal summer retreat.


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When to go

The best time to visit Muscat is between December and March, when the daytime temperatures range between 22°C and 30°C evenings can be a little cool so a jacket is advisable. The hottest months are June through September when temperatures can rise into the high 40°C's but the average is usually between 39°C to 41°C. During this period humidity in Muscat is also high which can make it quite uncomfortable. Salalah is cooler during the summer months.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 4 Omani Rial Arabic 1 hours 30 mins