Located in the north-west of Oman and bordering A’Dhahira, Al Buraimi is a semi-desert plain which descends from the southern slopes of the western Al Hajar Mountains. Ruins in the area, such as those found at the villages of Sharm and Madhbah, highlight the existence of ancient trade routes.
Al Batinah is an expansive coastal area running parallel to the magnificent Hajar Mountain range in north-eastern Oman. It is home to many beautiful wadis and villages, such as Wadi Mistal and Wakan Village, and attractions such as Nakhal Fort and the hot springs of Ain Al Thowara.
Muscat is the modern capital of Oman and offers visitors a stunning combination of old and new. From the architectural masterpiece that is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, to its rugged mountain backdrop and breath-taking beaches, this city never fails to entertain and inspire.
Consisting of the governorates of North and South A’Sharqiyah, this part of Oman is widely considered the geographical jewel of the Sultanate. It is here that stunning coastlines give way to the unique ecosystem that is Sharqiyah Sands, making this region a paradise for adventurers and explorers.
A’Dakhiliyah, meaning ‘The Interior’, is a land-locked governorate comprised of a portion of the Al Hajar Mountain range and eight separate districts: Adam, Al Hamra, Bahla, Bidbid, Izki, Manah, Nizwa and Samail.
Once situated in prime position on the ancient trade routes, A’Dhahira in Oman’s west is traditionally the bridge between Oman’s stunning mountain ranges and the neighbouring UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Flanked on the east by the Arabian Sea, on the west by the Rub Al Khali – The Empty Quarter – and by Oman’s most southern governorate – Dhofar – to the south, Al Wusta covers a large area in the middle of the Sultanate.
Although Dhofar lies over 1,000 kilometres from the capital city of Muscat, planning a trip is easy with daily flights between Muscat and Salalah and direct connections from other Arab Gulf states.
The exclave of Musandam is Oman’s northernmost governorate, separated from the rest of Oman by the UAE and home to some of the Sultanate’s most dramatic landscape.
There is no better place to escape the endless heat and monotony of summer than Oman. Whether it’s walking along verdant terraced gardens and cool emerald pools, catching glimpses of turtles on a breezy, sandy beach, diving into blue seas to meet jewel coloured ﬁsh, stingrays and eels, or hiking the spectacular, chilly heights of Oman’s highest point to ﬁnd the perfect view of the ‘Grand Canyon of Arabia’; Oman has the perfect summer experience waiting for you. With a range of cool, diverse destinations and attractions that will appeal to families, outdoor enthusiasts, thrill seekers and lovers of luxury and culture alike, Oman will help you fall in love with summer again.
Along with bustling souks, luxurious hotels, and spas & ancient cultural attractions, the beautiful seaside city of Muscat is a distinctive capital city that has it all.
The seasonal khareef (monsoon) transforms Salalah, the capital of the Dhofar region, into a colourful, subtropical city. Here you can experience lush greenery, surrounding hills, lakes and beautiful beaches.
The Hajar Mountain range offers the perfect escape from the summer heat. From Jebel Akhdar with its incredible terraced farms, to great picnic spots and the spectacular views from Jebel Shams.
From exploring one of the largest cave chambers in the world, Majlis Al Jinn, to snorkelling the colourful coral reefs of Daymaniyat Islands or camping under the stars in the A’Sharqiyah Sands; adventure is at the heart of every journey through Oman.
Oman takes great pride in its magnificent ecology and diverse flora and fauna, actively protecting it through the establishment of nature reserves such as the Daymaniyat Islands near Muscat, the turtle reserve at Ras Al Jinz, the Land of Frankincense in Dhofar or the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Al Wusta.
Oman’s culture is deeply rooted in its proud heritage and history of seafaring, trading, and exploration. Today, long-standing traditions blend seamlessly with modern day living, with the latest fashion and electronics brands sold alongside traditional handmade crafts, jewellery, and even livestock at souqs around the country.