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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AL HAMRA, OMAN

Pop on your helmet and pedal back in time as you hit the streets of Al...

Pop on your helmet and pedal back in time as you hit the streets of Al Hamra. Nestled at...

KHALUF BEACH, OMAN

Discovering Oman is home to more than 3000 kilometres of magical, unfettered...

Discovering Oman is home to more than 3000 kilometres of magical, unfettered coastline...

WESTERN HAJAR, OMAN

While Arizona lays claim to some rather thrilling rock formations, the...

While Arizona lays claim to some rather thrilling rock formations, the American state...

NIZWA, OMAN

Travel through the rugged Hajar Mountains to the township of Nizwa, the...

Travel through the rugged Hajar Mountains to the township of Nizwa, the ancient capital of...

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...