Cheap Flights to Oman

Oman is definitely one of the emerging travel destinations in the Middle East. This beautiful country has risen in the list of hot spots mainly because of its much improved tourism industry to showcase its natural and cultural riches.

In a region generally avoided because of safety concerns, Oman is a very accessible and peaceful oasis. This country, located in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, is packed with much beauty in its captivating capital of Muscat, panoramic mountains and reddish orange sand dunes. Oman is also blessed with long stretches of beautiful beaches along the coast of the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.

Oman borders the UAE to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the southwest.

Its capital, Muscat, is located on the country's northeastern coast. Historically a major trading port city, Muscat is a pleasant blend of modern living with its many world-class hotels and rich historic character. Muscat has very few high-rise buildings, but the city has some of the most beautiful examples of the unique Islamic architecture. It has plenty of forts, castles and mosques. The Corniche district, in particular, is notable for its old-world charm.

Top attractions

A religious landmark of Muscat, the Grand Mosque was built to mark the 30th year of Sultan Qaboos’ reign. The subdued sandstone exterior contrasts with magnificent splendor within. It is here where you can see the world’s second-largest hand-loomed Persian carpet. The Persian carpet measures 70m by 60m wide and it took 600 women four years to weave. It is definitely a must see.

The Royal Opera House is the cultural heart of Muscat, hosts a wide range of programmes in the performing arts. Here you can take in an opera, a ballet, or a performance of Arabic music. You can also choose to take a guided tour of this magnificent landmark with its understated marble facade and intricate interiors.

Mutrah Souk in the eastern part of Muscat, well-known for its silver craft, perfumes, antiques, souvenirs and more. This is the place to make like the biblical Magi and stock up on supplies of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Oman is also rich in natural scenic attractions. At the heart of this range lies dramatic scenery, including Jebel Shams (Oman’s highest mountain at 3075m), Wadi Ghul (Arabia’s answer to the Grand Canyon) and Jebel Akhdar, Arabic for ‘Green Mountain’. Confusingly, the latter refers not to a single mountain at all, but to a region encompassing the Saiq Plateau, whose fecund orchards produce pomegranates, apricots, and other fruit, and the raw ingredients of the local speciality: rosewater.

Aptly named in Arabic the ‘Gorge Between Cliffs’, Wadi Shab is still one of the most lovely destinations in Oman. The wadi rewards even the most reluctant walker, with turquoise pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations; kingfishers add glorious splashes of colour and all year round trusses of pink oleander bloom by the water’s edge. While swimming in the lower pools is forbidden (they are a source of drinking water), there is an opportunity for discreet swimming in the upper reaches of the wadi where you can duck into a partially submerged cave.

Nakhal is a picturesque town dominated by the Hajar Mountains and one of Oman’s most dramatic forts built around a rock. The towers and entranceway of this fort were constructed during the reign of Imam Said bin Sultan in 1834. The entire structure is built around a rock.

Ras al-Jinz, the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula, is popular for its turtle-nesting site. Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle swim in Oman's nutrient-rich waters. Over 2000 of the loggerheads and green turtle species come ashore annually to breed. The area is under government protection and the only way to visit the site is by joining an escorted tour.

Flights to

There is only one international airport in Oman, the Muscat International Airport in Muscat. Its national carrier is Oman Air. It serves the domestic airports, as well as a selection of Middle Eastern and subcontinental destinations. The only domestic flights in Oman are between Muscat and the two cities of Salalah and Khasab.

Getting Around

Getting around Oman is fairly easy as Oman has many intercity buses which has daily services to and from most of the main provincial towns. Oman also has an affordable yet rather inconvenient system of shared taxis and microbuses, where drivers can pick up and drop off extra passengers along the way. When visiting certain places of interest, it is recommended to take the more expensive private. Car-rentals are also a very popular option in Oman.

Oman offers a perfect venue for a wide range of outdoor activities such as dune-biking, sandboarding, camel and horse rides, and trekking. The abundance of natural wealth in its mountains, deserts and coastlines are guaranteed to give the traveller an unforgettable experience.

Oman’s climate is typical of the Arabian peninsula. Summer months are scorchingly hot Mediterranean winters. The best time to visit would be between October to March when it is pleasantly temperate, with mild Mediterranean climate and daytime temperatures rarely climbing much above 30°C.

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