Oman holidays - Jaw-dropping desert scenery
Oman is off the beaten track and that's a huge part of the fun. One of the oldest civilisations in the region, Oman is now a vibrant and modern incarnation of the Arab world, with a wide range of luxury hotels and resorts resting atop beautiful palm-fringed beaches. Oman’s development has clung to traditional Arabian values making this unique destination a treasure for experienced travellers.
Discover Middle Eastern luxury away from the crowds
Oman unexpected natural diversity ranging from dusty mountains, the lush green oases and the golden sands of the coast. The historic capital city of Muscat is one of the Middle East’s prettiest, with its chalky white buildings and horseshoe harbour. It effortlessly combines ancient traditions with modern luxuries.
Oman’s shore is lined with soft sandy beaches and the landscape is a mixture of mesmerising desert vistas, towering peaks and lush green oases. It is yet to be overburdened by tourism, giving you the opportunity to take in the wondrous history and stunning sights in relative seclusion from other visitors.
The country is a nature lover’s paradise too, with turtle nesting sites and plenty of opportunities for whale and dolphin watching.
The Omani civilisation is one of the oldest in the region, and while there is certainly a traditional Islamic and Arabic influence, the people retain a distinctive culture and heritage. It is this fascinating history that makes Oman really worth visiting.
Why visit Oman?
- A chance to experience one of the oldest civilisations in the region, where the land of ‘Arabian nights’ comes to life
- Romantic and secluded, Oman is perfect for honeymoons or just couples looking to get away together and enjoy the natural peace and quiet
- If you’re a bit of a shopper you can enjoy an authentic Omani experience and keep an eye out for bargain buys at traditional Arabic souks in the historic city of Muscat
- Go on dolphin or whale watching expeditions – these majestic creatures often come surprisingly close to the coast so your boat trip might not take as long as you think
- Enjoy rugged desert safaris while knowing that the comfort of amazing accommodation is never far away
The holy month of Ramadan will be celebrated in Oman every year according to the lunar cycle (approximately 10 March-9 April 2024 and 28 February–30 March 2025). During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink and other physical needs during daylight hours. As a result, there are many restrictions in place during this time. Hotel restaurants and local city restaurants are closed until Iftar (the fast-breaking evening meal after sunset), though some hotels let one restaurant open for buffet breakfast and lunch. Alcohol is restricted in public, but can be delivered to the room. Non-Muslims are not expected to fast but be aware that in Qatar you cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum in public.
Eid Al Fitr, otherwise known as the Festival of Sweets, is an annual Muslim holiday that celebrates the ‘breaking of the fast’ (approximately 9 April-10 April 2024 and 31 March-1 April 2025). Eid Al Adha is the second major holiday celebrated annually in the UAE (approximately 16 June-20 June 2024 and 6 June-10 June 2025). During these festivities, the UAE can be very busy, however, there are no restrictions during these times.