Located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian peninsula,The Sultanate of Oman, its official name, is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. Its pristine coastline, magnificent mountain ranges and its golden wind-blown deserts and oases are only part of its beauty; for Oman has a rich and proud heritage that it holds dear. This is evident it the many charming towns and villages filled with low-rise building, ancient castles and forts all encased within its Bedouin origins.
There are a number of luxury hotels, eloquent and stylist in design, along the coastline of the capital Muscat for those seeking to relax by the crystal blue waters of the Arabian sea. The white sandy beaches will not disapoint nor will the wonderful hospitality of the locals whom go out of their way to welcome you. A perfect choice for a beach holiday.
There is an abundance of natural beauty in Oman, the dunes of the Wahiba Sands desert span from the eastern Hajar Mountain range to the Arabian sea. Home to Bedouins for centuries you too can enjoy a leisurely camel ride on the sand dunes by day and camp in a Bedouin-style tent under the starlit skies by night a must for those seeking an adventure holiday. Oman has a magnificent and impressive number of mountains including the An Nakhur Gorge and Jabal Shams, and Jabel Akhdar all rich in flora and fauna, a great opportunity for those who are looking for a walking holiday.
Oman is a wonderful place to visit breathtaking natural beauty, a well-preserved cultural heritage with magnificent forts and castles. Oman is reknown for the finest frankincence trade in the ancient world. There are several escourted tour we offer for those interested in the culture and heritage of Oman.
For more information about Oman and to book your next holiday call our specialists at Diplomat Travel on 020 7730 2201.
Muscat, Salalah, Khasab, Sohlar, Sur, Nizwa.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bait Al Zubair Museum, Bahla Fort, Sultan's Palce, Al Hoota, Wahiba Sands, Sinaw Market, Niza Fort, the Royal Opera House, healing warm springs of Ayn A’ Thowarah.
Language: Arabic and English also Hindi and Swahili
Religion: Ibaldi Islam
International dialling code: 00 968
Main Airport: Muscat International (MCT) and Salalah (SLL)
Typical flying time: 7 hours
Visa Requirements: British passport holders can purchase a 10 day visa on arrival for OR5 (approx. £8.60) or a 30 day visa for OR20 (approx £34.50)
Health requirements: Yellow fever immunisation certificates are required for those arriving from an infected area. Hepatitis A and B and malaria are prevalent, and typhoid and polio are recommended.
Currency: Oani rial (OR) = 1000 baiza. (All major credit cards accepted)
Tipping: 10% is recommended
Time: +4 GMT
Electricity: 220 volts (Adaptor required)