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Oman Travel Guide

by our Oman expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyThe sands of the desert … or the sand of the beaches? Best advice would be to try both. The interior of Oman is indeed desert (relieved by mountains) but studded with fascinating points of interest for the more intrepid traveller. There are the dry valley wadis that provide a little sparse vegetation, and the oases, often now grown into small towns such as that at Buraimi. There are desert forts like the magnificent Jabreen or Naklar. There is a world of cultural history - and entertainment - at a Bedouin market such as Nizwa. There is rare (and therefore endangered) wildlife including the Arabian oryx, gazelle, and leopard. Muscat, the walled city capital, offers further examples of traditional culture – the busy crowded soukh’s for example – but also superb modern ‘oases’ such as the renowned Al Bustan Palace international hotel. The wonderful design of the newly completed Sultan Qaboos mosque perhaps combines the two. Muscat’s golden beaches give on to clear turquoise sea, teeming with tropical fish for divers and snorkelling, along with many varieties of dolphins and turtles. Tourism is still relatively new to Oman, but traditional Arab hospitality abounds.

Oman Facts

National Flag: Omani Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Omani rial
Capital city: Muscat
Total Area: 309,500 km2
Population: 2,595,000
Dialling Code: +968
Time Zone: GMT + 4


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Muscat Weather Forecast

Max Min
Today
10/01/2015
Isolated Clouds Isolated Clouds 25°C
77°F
18°C
64°F
Sunday
11/01/2015
Scattered Clouds Scattered Clouds 24°C
75°F
19°C
66°F
Monday
12/01/2015
Light Rain and Broken Clouds Light Rain and Broken Clouds 21°C
70°F
16°C
61°F
Tuesday
13/01/2015
Broken Clouds Broken Clouds 19°C
66°F
16°C
61°F

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