Sultanate of Oman
A small but historically rich country. Consisting of three distinct regions, Oman offers a variety of holiday options. Travel by 4WD through the rugged mountains or across the massive sand dunes at Wahiba Sands. Swim, snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters, sail by Dhow or modern catamaran. Visit ancient forts, mountain mud villages, museums and souks.
Oman is such a beautiful country. Bordering the UAE, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Oman has until recently been overlooked as a holiday destination.
In the far north is Musandam, an exclave of rugged mountains, deep fjords and crystal clear water. Perfect for swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving.
The capital of Muscat is located in the central area of Oman on the coastline. All major hotel chains have resorts fronting on to sandy beaches. In the hinterland, explore forts, old towns with their fascinating souks (markets) and deep wadis (valleys). By 4WD, climb into the mountains to see the “Grand Canyon of Oman” and overnight in a hotel nearby. Spend a night in the tranquil desert of Wahiba Sands in a Bedouin-style tent.
Travel to the far southern region of Oman – Dhofar. Despite being a desert country, Dhofar is blessed with monsoonal rains and is lush and green along the coastline. The city of Salalah provides tourists with a wide range of accommodation and is the gateway to many historical sites. Don’t miss the stark shape of leafless Frankincense trees dotting the landscape inland. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world. The first camel caravans originated in Dhofar to carry the precious frankincense across Arabia to Africa and Europe. This became known as the Spice Road.