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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RAS AL KHABBA, OMAN

Enjoy a special camping experience with your own rooftop tent. Pack your...

Enjoy a special camping experience with your own rooftop tent. Pack your things into a...

MUSANDAM PENINSULA, OMAN

Not every sailing adventure has to be an epic voyage, and a...

Not every sailing adventure has to be an epic voyage, and a two-day dhow cruise with...

AL WASIL, OMAN

In the highest sand dunes of Oman's Wahabi desert lies Desert Nights Camp,...

In the highest sand dunes of Oman's Wahabi desert lies Desert Nights Camp, the ultimate...

MUSCAT, OMAN

Omanis go gaga for shawarma (kebabs). Every local swears by their favourite...

Omanis go gaga for shawarma (kebabs). Every local swears by their favourite shop, but...

MUSCAT, OMAN

It's easy to find hamburger joints and sandwich shops in Muscat, but Ubhar is...

It's easy to find hamburger joints and sandwich shops in Muscat, but Ubhar is one of the...

MUSCAT, OMAN

You’re spoilt for choice to fill your belly at Bareeq Al Shatti mall, but...

You’re spoilt for choice to fill your belly at Bareeq Al Shatti mall, but be sure to...

MUSCAT, OMAN

Fairy lights twist through trees and sweet smoke from the shisha coils...

Fairy lights twist through trees and sweet smoke from the shisha coils beneath lanterns in...

MUSCAT, OMAN

Tourists trawl Mutrah Souq in the heat of the day, sizing up Aladdin’s...

Tourists trawl Mutrah Souq in the heat of the day, sizing up Aladdin’s lamps and rocks...