Oman: A Visitor’s Guide

Oman is undoubtedly one of the world’s undiscovered travel gems. From a traveller’s perspective, it has so many of the advantages of its middle eastern neighbours with none of the crowds, the development without the decline. Like Morocco, it offers a warm welcome and rich cultural and culinary experiences, but without the cheerful chaos that marks a weekend in Marrakech, for example.

Like Dubai, it has a caravan of sleek new luxury hotels and boutiques, but with none of the overstated glitter. Like Egypt, it has glorious weather and incredible diving, without the package tourists. From magical Muscat to our luxury eco camps on saffron-coloured desert sands; from pristine beaches to dramatic mountain peaks, Oman is a spectacular destination and yet a relatively undiscovered one.

Why go?

The sheer variety of Oman is part of its allure, coupled of course with its sweeping, secluded beauty. Many visitors visit the country to experience Muscat, the capital, with its fascinating history, glamorous modern culture and excellent shopping. Then there are the mountains, including Jabal Shams, the highest peak in the Arabian peninsula. There are 2,000 miles of Indian Ocean coastline, a paradise for watersports fans. There are fjords to be sailed upon, caves to be explored, and of course, deserts to tackle in a mighty 4×4. Our luxury eco camps in Oman, Hud Hud Travels, allow guests to tailor their itineraries to suit their tastes, whether its basing yourself in one area and enjoying daytrips and activities, or spending a few nights in each place.

How do I get there?

Muscat Seeb International is Oman’s main airport, but if you’re visiting the Musandam Peninsula, you may prefer to fly into Dubai International Airport. Once there, either hire a car or a guide-driver.

When to go?

Oman is ideal when Europe is at its most miserable – from October right through to April it is almost Mediterranean, with a few modest showers and some chilly evenings. Expect cooler temperatures in the mountains year round. Salah is memorable during the annual khareef (June-August/September) – a thick fog that covers the mountains and turns them a lush green. Apart from this, avoid the summer months (April-October) as temperatures are scorching and humidity is high.

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