Things to do in Oman
Things to do in Oman
Discover what there is to see in Oman, from the capital city of Muscat to stunning mosques, desert landscapes and lush coastline.
The capital city of Muscat lies between the rugged Hajar mountains and the coast. Providing an enchanting insight into Arabian culture, this city should not be missed on a first-time visit to Oman.
Wander the markets and souks of Muttrah, a district of Muscat; learn about Omani culture at Bait Al Zubair museum; visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a beautiful example of Islamic modern architecture; stroll through the old port area and along the waterfront, where the sultan's main palace can be found as well as the Jalali and Mirani forts which guard the entrance to Muscat; and discover an incredible diversity of marine life at the aquarium.
The spectacular landscape of Sharqiya Sands, home to Bedouin tribes and their camels, lies in the east of Oman. The copper-coloured sands and the high, rolling dunes stretch as far as the eye can see. A trip by 4x4 vehicle and camel treks are highly recommended.
Salalah & Dhofar Province
Salalah is the capital of the Dhofar province, which is the southern region of the Sultanate of Oman.
Unique in the country, the province experiences a monsoon season between late June and September known as the Khareef. During this season, the region blooms with vegetation and flowers. The cooler temperatures make it an ideal time to visit this lush landscape. Parks and groves of coconut, banana, papaya, watermelon and vegetables give Salalah a tropical atmosphere, while the coast offers miles of uncrowded beaches, bordered by a brilliant blue sea.
There is more to Salalah than just its resorts, beaches and tropical atmosphere. Other attractions include ancient forts, archaeological sites, fishing villages and the tombs of prophets.
The Musandam Peninsula
The Omani governorate of Musandam lies to the extreme north of Oman and is separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. The region is easily accessible from Muscat by a short internal flight to Khasab, the capital of Musandam region. The peninsula has rough mountains that overlook the Strait of Hormuz and a fjord-like coastline with plunging cliffs and waters teeming with marine life. You could even continue your trip with a few days in Dubai. Just a short distance by road from Khasab, this modern city is the ultimate contrast to the spectacular rugged scenery of this peninsula.