Oman

OMAN TRAVEL GUIDE

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Omanis are proud of both their country's rapid progress and their heritage as one of the great sea-faring nations. Excellent schools and hospitals, good governance, and on-going infrastructure improvement are all important characteristics of this once introverted and closed nation.

 

Oman is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the Middle East awaiting discovery. Don’t wait for the hordes to descend; take a trip to the land of spectacular mountains and beautiful beaches that stretch forever. While coconuts grow in the southern coastal areas, roses and grapes are grown in the highlands around Jebel Akhdar.

 

The country has a historical past and an old-world charm, unlike other Gulf countries where prosperity is only recently acquired. Muscat, the capital city, is the business hub but has preserved its 16th-century monuments with care. The vacation capital, Salalah, has miles and miles of unblemished coastline full of beautiful beaches that stretch forever.

 

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OMAN QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Muscat
  • Government: Monarchy (sultanate)
  • Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
  • Area: 309,500 km²
  • Population: 4,829 million (2018)
  • Language: Arabic (official), Swahili, English, Baluchi, Urdu, Indian dialects
  • Religion: Ibadhi Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Hindu
  • Electricity: 240V, 50Hz (US & UK plugs)
 

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OMAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 23 July, Renaissance Day (Marking the start of the reign of Sultan Qaboos)
  • 18 November, National Day and birthday of HM Sultan Qaboos

Also, Maulid an-Nabi, Leilat al-Meiraj, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Al Hijrah, and Ashura.

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OMAN WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Oman has a subtropical, dry climate with summer monsoons and hot, dusty winds. During the summer months of June and July, temperatures reach 48°C during day, and average about 32°C at night. Winter seasons are cooler with occasional rainfall, and spring and autumn are warm and mostly dry with maximum temperatures between 25°C and 35°C.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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HIKING & CYCLING IN OMAN

With new hiking trails marked out each season, the trekking season in Oman begins in September and typically ends in May when the summer heat sets in. The best time for hiking is from October to April when you can experience a bit of the winter chill when reaching the mountaintop.

BEACH OPTIONS IN OMAN

The beaches of Oman are beautiful and you can even see turtle-hatching between April and August every year. From June to September it is extremely hot and dry so you will most likely prefer to be inland at a higher altitude!

SURFING IN OMAN

Oman has pretty decent surf from June to January. Some of the best surf spots are: The Sharqiya Region, The East Coast, Asilah Town, Al Ashkharah, Bandar Al Saqlah and Masirah.

KITESURF IN OMAN

From April to September (especially April & May) the island of Al Masirah in the Southeastern coast of Oman becomes a kind of wind Mecca for kiteboarders and windsurfers, taking advantage of the strong winds of the Indian monsoon here.

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HEALTH RISKS IN OMAN

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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