Oman Holidays

Of all the countries in the Gulf, you will probably receive the warmest welcome from the Omani people. The land area is approximately 300, 000 square kilometres and is characterised by startling mountain scenery, vast flat plains, rolling deserts sands and a varied coastline dotted with remote villages and centuries-old forts.

Having a proud history, Oman has retained the eminence of its past and is an enchanting discovery. Muscat, the capital, is flanked by mountains and has a magnificent natural harbour which is guarded by 16th-century forts. In the narrow lanes of the souks, you will receive a warm welcome enabling you to browse unhindered amongst the vast array of items for sale.

Stroll along the harbour front corniche of Muttrah district observing the traditional local architecture and lifestyle, explore the Sultan's Palace in the old district of Muscat, and dine or stay in one of the hotels in the commercial district of Ruwi.

As a base, Muscat offers the opportunity to take day excursions into the Hajar Mountains, the Wahiba Sands, or perhaps "wadi bashing" along the coast. However, the best way to really experience Oman is by an individual Self-Drive Four Wheel Drive Safari travelling on the graded tracks across the stunning Oman scenery.

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