Oman offers a vast contrast to its better known neighbors in the United Arab Emirates, with 5000 years of history pre dating Islam, many tourists are attracted to its unknown but very strong eco tourism, pretty beaches, impressive dunes, and friendly mountain villages. The Omani locals are warm and curious, the infrastructure is first class and destinations such as Nizwa offer a glimpse of middle east lifestyle that is centuries old,
Things to know before visit Oman
Oman faces sub tropical weather that is dry and hot with low levels of rainfall. The difference between day and night temperatures is also pretty high. Summers lie between June and August, autumn is from September to November while winters fall between December and February.
No trip to Oman is complete without seeing its capital city of Muscat. One of the most modern towns of the country, Muscat boasts of good food, luxurious stay and great shopping. It also has many historical monuments to visit including Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, Al Jalali and Al Mirani museums and breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
A ‘once upon time’ capital of Oman, Nizwa is renowned for its fort built in 17th century. The main attraction of the fort is huge cylindrical tower and some intriguing defense mechanisms such as differently shaped windows and honey traps. The fort is now a museum depicting the life of people in Oman in the 17th century- a good way to go back into time and experience the ancient culture of Oman sultanate. While in Nizwa you should also visit the souk or outdoor market to carry back some intriguing souvenirs.
Oman has unending sand dunes in the middle of the country called the Wahiba sands. It is the home of Bedu tribe-a nomadic tribe in Oman. Travelers flock to this place to experience original nomadic way of life as well as enjoy camping and desert safari.
Located in the northern tip of the country, Musandam Fjords is an isolated region and is separated from the rest of the country by the UAE. This oasis in the middle of arid land is like a hidden gem where travelers can indulge in boat trips to explore the coast, scuba dive in the sea and also see some amazing wildlife.
Nestled well into the eastern most part of the country, Ras al Jinz is popular due to its turtle reserve. Between May and October and summers you can see turtle nests along the beach. While here, a trip to the Turtle Visitor Center and Museum is a must.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Oman it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter. The standard voltage is at 240V/50Hz.