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The hospitality on offer at Oman hotels can be as unforgettable as the nation itself. Where will you stay?
Oman is located on the Arabian Peninsula, where the sun beats down throughout the year and greets eager tourists keen to learn more about the Middle East of old. While the unique history and culture of the Arab world is unrecognisable in many parts of cities such as Dubai, even Muscat, the capital of Oman, is focussed on preserving an older, slower, more contented way of life.
Tour lively markets, where traders and buyers haggle over goods as they have done for centuries. Get a taste for time-honoured cuisine, with authentic recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next; meat curries, hearty soups, rice dishes spiced with unrestrained abandon – even the coffee gets a kick of cardamom in Oman.
The wild and wonderful experiences aren’t restricted to the city boundaries of Muscat. In the beautiful hills, deserts and valleys of Oman you can go quad biking, book a 4x4 safari, and take walking tours of amazing wadis, stopping every now and then at waterfalls and pools of dazzling aquamarine.
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Whether you book a room in a traditional dwelling or one of the nation’s luxury hotels, Oman will offer you the warmest of welcomes...
Talking of warm, it gets warm, very warm – nay, sweltering – in Oman in summer. Average daytime temperatures can top 40C in July and August, while even winter averages remain in the high twenties. Many visitors stay away from Oman during the summer months due to the oppressive heat. But whenever you visit, book a hotel that offers air-conditioned rooms to make your stay more comfortable.
Cheap hotels in Oman are easy to come by, whether you are heading for the streets of the capital, the beaches of Salalah, in the south, or for hotels around the magical sight that is Wadi Shab.
In Muscat, hotels are spread throughout this seaside sliver of a city. To be close to the beaches, look for hotels in areas such as Al Bustan. Major brands such as Shangri-La, Ritz-Carlton, Crowne Plaza and Sheraton operate hotels here and in the centre of Muscat.
Salalah is a colourful city in the south of Oman that welcomes cruise-ship passengers at its immense port. This popular destination features a number of five-star resort-style hotels, with brands such as Marriott and Hilton sitting alongside independent offerings. Some budget and mid-range hotels can also be booked in the city centre, but the luxury hotels of the coast cannot be beaten for style and excellent hospitality.
You can also find great hotels in areas such as Sur, which is handy for visits to Wadi Shab (also spelled Wadi Shaab, Wadi Al Shab, and Wadi Ash Shab).
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The people of Oman have always had a strong desire to keep the old world alive – a quality which means there’s plenty to see...
Top five attractions
Undoubtedly one of Oman’s most spectacular attractions, this picturesque gorge in the Al Sharqiyah region is dotted with blue pools, waterfalls, and the occasional flash of a kingfisher.
This is an important museum in Ruwi, the commercial hub of Muscat, which chronicles the golden age of Oman. Fine displays of old ships sit beside huge collections of ancient treasures.
Antique shops, craft traders, jewellers and spice merchants jostle for position under a vast timber-roofed market that sells everything you could possibly imagine. It has all the hustle and bustle of a traditional souk and is easily accessed from all parts of Muscat.
Standing guard over the harbour of Muscat, Al-Jalali Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to repel Ottoman forces. It has changed hands at least half a dozen times, but is now open for guided tours.
Wadi Darbat (day trip from Salalah)
This is a stunning natural park offering wonderful views of lakes and waterfalls, as well as walks through surprisingly lush countryside. Caving is also a popular activity here.
History has done its best to etch regular events onto the Omani calendar, and tourism has added a few more...
Muscat Festival; January-February: A month-long celebration of culture and art that engulfs the whole of Muscat.
Salalah Tourism Festival; August: Salalah is so keen to show off its credentials to the rest of the world that it stages a huge international tourism festival with excursions, offers and events across the region.
National Day; November: Omanis celebrate their independence from Portugal with feasting and fireworks.