Suffused with the mystery and romance of Arabia, Oman is relatively unspoilt by tourism.
The capital city, Muscat is a gracious mix of old and new and filled with beautiful old buildings and treasures. Offering far more than spectacular desert landscapes, Oman has a proud and ancient culture and a wealth of archaeological wonders. The country is filled with ancient stone forts, picturesque villages and dramatic coastlines where mountains plunge directly into the sea.
Called the “Norway of the Middle East” the Musandam Peninsula is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Oman has its fair share of rugged mountains, oases and dunes, such as the red and white sand dunes of Wahiba and the breathtaking Al Hajjar Mountains.
Best places to go in Oman
Al Hajjar Mountains
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Raz Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Oman tours & holidays
Musandam Peninsula Retreat
Called the “Norway of the Middle East” the dramatic Musandam Peninsula is separated from the rest of Oman by the U.A.E.
Witness the stunning natural beauty of Oman, combining the beautiful pristine beaches of Ras Al Jinz on the east coast with the incredible Al Hajjar Mountains.
Luxury accommodation in Oman
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Owned by the Shangri-La group, this oasis resort is located between rugged mountains and a beautiful azure bay 20 minutes from Muscat.
Al Bustan Palace
Surrounded by mountains, vast gardens and a private beach this stunning waterfront property is just 25km from Muscat.
Why Oman: It’s diverse landscape or rugged mountains, hidden oases, rolling sand dunes and pristine beaches makes Oman very much a hidden gem. But it’s not just the scenery that makes Oman such a fascinating destination. It is covered in ancient forts, beautiful hilltop towns and picturesque fishing villages and coastline.
Climate: Oman’s climate is very appealing for most of the year, except for the hot summer months between June and August, where temperatures can exceed 40 degrees. Rain tends to fall in January and February with short, sharp showers.
Combine with: A stay in Oman combines well with either nearby Jordan or neighbouring United Arab Emirates. The breathtaking Musandam Peninsula is actually closer to Dubai and Abu Dhabi than Oman’s capital Muscat.
Getting there: With major Middle-eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways flying directly from many Australian cities, it’s almost a direct flight to Oman, particularly if driving on to visit the Musandam Peninsula.