Oman is one of the oldest Arab countries, its history spanning almost 6,000 years, with breathtaking terrain encompassing desert, riverbed oases and long coastlines on the Persian Gulf.
This is the Arabia of your children’s imagination, covered in untamed desert and soaring mountains, edged by an awe-inspiring coast and dotted with great cities, ancient ports, tiny villages and turtle-friendly beaches.
It’s newer to tourism than its UAE neighbours, and catching up fast in terms of roads and resorts, but remains in no danger of losing its sense of tradition, respect for heritage and uniquely Omani spirit in the process.
There are direct flights from London to Muscat year-round. Flying time is just over seven hours.
Dubai Airport is two hours’ drive from resorts on the Musandam Peninsula.
Average temperatures of 27°C from November to March. Summer temperatures between 30°C and 40°C.
Oman is the only Middle Eastern country with a monsoon season (mid-June to late August).
Traditional culture continues to thrive, particularly on the Musandam Peninsula and in Sharqiya.
There’s a good choice of international hotels and resorts in the north and far south, but authentic desert camps are superb in Sharqiya and Dhofar.
Oman has four UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Five Falajs, Bahla Fort, Bat Tombs and the Frankincense Route.
Oman’s roads have improved dramatically over the past decade, and some of the coastal routes are jaw-droppingly spectacular. Hiring a car is easy, inexpensive and the best way to get around. Desert tours are best done with local guides. Most city centres are safe and well laid out for walking during the day, and taxis work well in the evening.