Oman travel

Oman Travel: The Jewel of the Middle East

The sultanate on the Arabian Peninsula awaits you with an unbelievable wealth of facets and an exciting mix of fantastic and extraordinary accommodations: whether an authentic guesthouse, an exclusive beach resort or a spectacular luxury hotel in the mountains. Fulfill a dream from 1001 nights with desert glamping between the dunes of the Wahiba desert. Sail with a traditional dhow along the coast of Musadam and take an exciting road trip through mountain villages, wadis up to the "green mountain" of the Hajar Mountains. Trek through the incredible nature and enjoy spectacular views. Watch the fascinating natural spectacle of the turtle migration and relax in the beach paradises of Muscat or Salalah while swimming and snorkeling. 

Oman vacations include deserts, riverbed oases as well as a long coastline along the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.

Rimal Al Wahiba is a dune region inhabited by Bedouins. In the capital Muscat with its port you will find the imposing, modern Grand Sultan Qaboos Mosque and the old Matrah district with its labyrinthine souk and the busy fish market.

The country occupies a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and borders the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west and Yemen to the southwest and borders with Iran and Pakistan.

The Musandam exclave on the Strait of Hormuz is a specialty. Completely surrounded by the United Arab Emirates, it belongs to the Sultanate of Oman. In the north as in the south there are mountain ranges with a narrow coastal strip in front of them.

It is particularly interesting for geologists because it provides information about the eventful history of Oman that has lasted millions of years. The Musandam peninsula in the north was formed from limestone that was formed in the Mesozoic Era.

In the south of Musandam to the northern edge of Jebel Akhar, deep rocks such as Dorit and rocks of volcanic origin such as basalt come to light - the same rock formations that can be found on the island of Masirah.

The first high culture arose around 5000 years ago when copper was mined in the mountains of Oman. The incense later brought prosperity to the south of the country.

After the peaceful arrival of Islam in the 7th century, a phase of lively trade relations began, which made the country one of the most important powers on the Indian Ocean over the next few centuries. After Oman had been almost completely isolated from the outside world for over 100 years for over 100 years, this changed in 1970 when Sultan Qaboos came to power. He carefully led the country into modern times. So it is still possible today to visit many cultural legacies that have fallen victim to modernization in other Gulf states.

Luxury Oman travel. Individual vacation in Oman - wild and casual. Experience unforgettable moments. Barefoot luxury, active and relaxed. Travel like Dr. Julia Malchow.

TRAVELING OMAN: WOW MOMENTS

LIKE GLAMPING IN 1001 NIGHTS IN YOUR OMAN HOLIDAY

Glamping stands for glamorous camping and enables you to spend one or more nights in exclusively furnished Bedouin tents in the middle of the Ottoman desert. Lean back, look at a crystal clear starry sky, listen to the silence, away from any hectic everyday life or a hotel.

Feel the vastness of the desert ...

Desert, nothing but desert. Feel the warm wind on your face, let your eyes glide over the sand, a seemingly endless expanse extends in front of you. Sand, nothing but sand. Only you, as a couple or as a family can explore them fascination Desert.

A SURPRISE MOUNTAIN TOUR ...

Get in your climbing harness and start the steep ascent, along the mountain wall, below the ridge, the Via Ferrata. After you have crossed the via ferrata, follow the path steadily down into the wadi, past one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes, to the village of AlKhutaymi, which is hidden in a cave in the wadi floor.

Get into a natural pool in the “Green Mountain” and treat yourself to a refreshing swim before you start your way back.

OPERATION RELOADED

Opera, ballet in the desert? That's fine.! The Royal Opera House Muscat is a beautiful example of modern Oman architecture. It hosts world class shows and brings artists from all over the world to Oman.

EXTRACTING GRAVITY ONCE

Many of Oman's breathtaking attractions are off the beaten track, whether it's desert dunes, swimming, or exploring a wadi, off-roading is one of the best ways to truly experience some of Oman's most exciting areas, especially the desert dunes.

FOR DINNER LIKE A BIRD

You stand on the edge of the mountain range in Zighy Bay, where you look down, gaze at the bay from 960 feet, enjoy the magnificent views and the vastness. You take a deep breath and only think about your dinner, which awaits you at the stand after landing.

PRIVATE DINNER ACCORDING TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS

Choose your exclusive piece of desert, a beautiful white sandy beach on the Indian Ocean, an oasis or a retreat in the mountains and experience a unique moment in your own private camp.

Candles and oil lamps create the perfect atmosphere for romantic Arabian nights and a gourmet dinner under the stars. The experienced chef and his staff will conjure up an authentic and refined dinner for you based on local and Lebanese cuisine. That makes your Oman vacation unique and extraordinary.

TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS

CASUAL LODGES & LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION

TRAVEL TIME / WEATHER / CLIMATE

Oman holidays are possible all year round. The climate in the sultanate Oman differs from region to region. Oman has very warm to hot weather all year round. The coastal region in the north is characterized by mild winters with average daily temperatures of around 25 degrees, as well as hot, dry summers in which the thermometer can rise to over 40 degrees.

The feeling of heat is intensified by the Gharbi, a hot fall wind from the Oman Mountains. The temperature fluctuations between day and night are limited near the coast. The thermometer remains relatively high even at night in summer.

The humidity is consistently high all year round, while the precipitation is quite low at 100 mm per year. In the northeastern Hajjar Mountains, the winters are rather cool, while the summers are warm and humid. Temperatures often drop below freezing in the winter months. The precipitation, which reaches a total of 400 - 500 mm, then often consists of snow.

In summer the day and night temperatures fluctuate strongly, the average temperature during the day reaches up to 30 ° C. The interior consists of very dry areas Desert area. The winters are mild with daytime temperatures around 25 ° C. In summer, the highest temperatures in the country can be reached here at over 50 ° C. As is usual in the deserts, the day and night values fluctuate considerably and the humidity is significantly lower than on the coasts.

The climate in the south of Oman is almost tropical. Winter temperatures range between 20 and 28 degrees. In summer it is hot, but mostly bearable with values around 30 degrees, which, however, hardly drop even at night. In the summer months it rains abundantly in the south due to the monsoon with 400 - 500 mm and provides a green landscape in the middle of the greatest heat.

The humidity rises significantly, which leads to fog formation and occasional drizzling rain. Oman's climate means that October to May, or even better November to March, are an ideal and pleasant time to travel.

With certain restrictions, you can also travel to the Dhofar during the summer monsoon between June and September. If you still want to spend your Oman vacation in summer, you should do it just like the Omanis and stay as little as possible outside the sphere of influence of an air conditioning system.

LANGUAGE

The official language is Arabic, Iranian (Baluchi and Persian) and Indo-Aryan (Urdu) languages are also spoken. Indian languages are becoming more and more common. The commercial language is English.

Part of the population speaks a Swahili dialect, as spoken in East Africa and Zanzibar. Some New South Arabic languages are also spoken in the south and west of the country.

TO EAT AND DRINK

There is no uniform Omani cuisine. Since the barren Omani soil could not contribute to a variety of dishes, the cuisine of the country has long been characterized by foreign products.

Out Asia or Africa There are many spices: cinnamon, cardamom (also for tea or coffee), saffron, turmeric (turmeric), cloves, and rose water. Discover some typical dishes during your Oman trip. Traditional Omani cuisine revolves around two main dishes: Shuwa and Biryani. Shuwa, a lamb cooked slowly for two days in an earth oven, is a festive dish that is only served during Eid al Adha, i.e. the Islamic festival of sacrifice, at the end of Ramadan and one lunar month after Ramadan.

An opportunity for that familyto gather and eat together while sitting on pillows on the floor. The guiding principle is: sharing. There are no plates, everyone helps themselves from the large, heaped plates in the center of the circle.

In the past, people in the interior were mainly dependent on dates, limes, rice and bread, while the coastal population also had fish at their disposal. Today, refrigerated transports also supply remote regions with fresh fish and vegetables on a daily basis.

The meat offer is varied. Goat, chicken, lamb and camel meat are on the menu. However, the latter are only slaughtered on festive occasions or on religious holidays.

As in other Arab countries, it is common in Oman to eat with the fingers of the right hand. Overall, the culinary offer is very diverse. Especially in Muscat you dine in European, Asian, African and of course Arabic. Some of the pubs or restaurants also have an alcohol license. Be brave and dine in yours Oman vacation like the locals.

PEOPLE

The settlement of the Ottoman area is estimated to go back over 50,000 years. It is still not known where these early residents originally came from.

The majority of the population belong to two main factions. The Hinawi and the Ghafiri. Both factions predominantly practice the Muslim faith.

Of the Oman is one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. Most of the inhabitants live in the north on the coastal regions, another metropolitan area is the region around the city Salalah In the south of the country.

The rest is largely uninhabited. In 2016, 78 % of the population lived in cities. 5 % of the population still live as nomads. Between 1994 and 2004 the population grew by 17.5 %. The influx of foreign workers in particular contributed to the increasing population growth in recent years.

VISA

To enter Oman you need a passport and a visa / tourist visa. Since the opening of the new Muscat International Airport, this has to be applied for in advance from an e-Visa. The Foreign Office refers here to the website of the Royal Oman Police. We warmly recommend that you apply for this before your trip, although there is a visa desk at the airport, an e-visa saves you long waiting times. You are also welcome to use our visa service for a surcharge: after landing, relax with drinks and snacks in the lounge while a colleague on site takes care of your entry and your visa.

The Sultanate of Oman is one of the safest countries in the world - but avoid the border region to the neighboring country Yemen.

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