Middle East

Oman

vital statistics
  • Muscat
  • 3.6 million
  • Arabic
  • Omani rial
about Oman

With a Sultan keen on green and a law that forbids any garish skyscrapers, Oman is the antithesis of its northerly neighbour, Dubai. The capital Muscat sits on a lovely harbour, with the corniche housing the Old Mutrah Souk, one of the best traditional markets in the Middle East.

The harsh geography is extraordinary, with sheer rock mountains jutting straight out of the Arabian Sea and protected secluded beaches dotting the coastline in between some of the more classy five-star hotels in the region. Head out into the countryside and things are even more spectacular.

From the vast desert dunes of Wahiba Sands and grand canyons like Jebel al Akhdar to the many wadis and the extraordinary Musandam Peninsula, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re after adventurous rock climbing or camping beneath the stars in the desert, Oman is a country to discover.

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NIZWA, OMAN

Stalls of rich, earthy spices; an entire hall dedicated to mounds of sweet,...

Stalls of rich, earthy spices; an entire hall dedicated to mounds of sweet, sticky dates;...

OMAN

In many minds Oman is synonymous with endless, arid landscapes and fluted,...

In many minds Oman is synonymous with endless, arid landscapes and fluted, rose gold sand...

MUSCAT, OMAN

Walk through clouds of frankincense, pass by clutches of locals bargaining as...

Walk through clouds of frankincense, pass by clutches of locals bargaining as if their...

SHARQIYA SANDS, OMAN

Deep in the vast Sharqiya Sands, in Oman's north-eastern corner, lies a...

Deep in the vast Sharqiya Sands, in Oman's north-eastern corner, lies a community that...

MUTRAH, OMAN

Presided over by rugged mountains, the gleaming, whitewashed old town of...

Presided over by rugged mountains, the gleaming, whitewashed old town of Mutrah is...

RAS AL JINZ, OMAN

You could be forgiven for thinking you’re exploring Australia’s Great...

You could be forgiven for thinking you’re exploring Australia’s Great Ocean Road or...

JEBEL AKHDAR, OMAN

Oman can get hot. Really hot. And while the warmth makes the white-sand...

Oman can get hot. Really hot. And while the warmth makes the white-sand beaches all the...

BAHLA, OMAN

When it comes to whimsical castles and forts, Oman offers beauty that could...

When it comes to whimsical castles and forts, Oman offers beauty that could have been...