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Oman Holidays and Tours, Quick Facts
Currency: Omani Rial
Government: Unitary State / Islamic State / Absolute Monarchy
Official Language: Arabic
Predominant Religion: Muslim (Majority)
Time Zone: UTC +4
Holidays to Oman
At first glance, Oman seems no more than untouched, serene landscapes of sand. Dig a little deeper, however, and you will discover exactly how much a holiday to Oman can offer the adventurous traveller.
In the Sharqiya region, there are wonderful beaches that are so typical of the Middle East; reams of unspoilt, golden sand and an abundance of natural sea life. A regular yet unique sighting, are the nesting turtles that are indigenous to this hot spot. Spend a day the Omani way, with a picnic on these beautiful beaches. We recommend Yitti, Seifa or Quiryat, or in the lush orleander-flowering wadis of Dayqah, Shab and Tiwi.
Day tours include heading to the capital city of Muscat, where you can enjoy a whole day of history and wonderful ancient architecture. Visit the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts, which were first built as prisons in the rocky mountains in the 1500s. Today they are magnificent museums displaying the interesting history of this Middle Eastern gem.
A visit to Muscat wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Al Alam Royal Palace, close by to the forts. This is the office of Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman. It is a beautiful palace, standing on the head of a natural deep water harbour.
This wondrous town is also home to the third largest mosque in the world, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The mosque is open to non-Muslim visitors; however women should dress respectfully, keeping their heads, ankles and wrists covered.
The Port of Oman offers visitors an insight into the country’s industry, where wears are shipped in and out daily. Around the port are many shops and restaurants, as well as an opportunity to talk to the friendly locals.
Air Express can arrange tours to see the Al-Ansab Wetland, the eagle capital of the world and a perfect vantage point for bird lovers, coupled with a visit to the lively fish market of Barka.
A holiday to Oman allows you to get up close and personal to the world-famous wadis, which are rocky, dry riverbeds of the Al Haja Mountains. Less ambitious travellers may prefer a hike up Oman Green Mountain instead, where a variety of soft fruits and prize pomegranates are grown.
Weather in Oman
The climate of Muscat features a hot, arid climate with long and very hot summers, and warm winters. Annual rainfall in muscat and nearby beach towns is about 4 inches, mostly falling from December to April. In general, the precipitation is scares, with temperatures mainly reaching as high as 50 degrees in the summer. For those on holiday to Oman, and not accustomed to these hotter climbs, the best time to visit is from December to March as the temperatures are more moderate and arguably more pleasant, making it easier to take tours and move around.
Culture and religion
The culture of Oman is steeped in Islam. The country, however, has developed its own subsect of Islam, known as Ibadhism. Other strands of Islam, such as Sunni and Shi’a are also practiced.
Even though Oman is a modern country, western influences are relatively restricted. About 75% of Oman is Muslim, as is the case for most Middle Eastern countries, where alcohol is only available in some restaurants and a pattering of hotels.
An important part of Omani culture is hospitality. If invited into an Omani house, the visitor is likely to be greeted with a bowl of dates or fruit. Halwa and other sweets are often given at celebrations such as Eids. The Muscat festival is usually held at the beginning of each year and is a delight to be seen. Traditional dancers fill the streets and temporary theme parks are opened among the lively concerts.
Entry to Oman
Oman is renowned for its popular tourist attractions. Wadi’s deserts, beaches and mountains make Oman unique to its neighbouring GCC nations.
A single entry, one month visa can be obtained upon arrival at any air, land or sea terminal by the majority of EU citizens.
Virtually all international flights arrive at Muscat International Airport. There are also a small number of regional international flights to Salalah. We aim to offer the cheapest rates for flights with oman Air, Emirates, Gulf Air, Etihad, British Airways, Qatar Wirways and also some connections via Dubai. Please give us a call to arrange the cheapest flights and best hotels and tours to Oman today.