Oman Vacations

If you were to have visited Oman thirty years ago ... wait, hardly anyone traveled to Oman thirty years ago. As Oman opens to foreign visitors, the Middle Eastern country has earned a reputation as welcoming to Western tourists respectful of their culture. This trepidation has proven a huge boon to its nascent visitors. While Oman's northern ... Read more
neighbor the United Arab Emirates has focused on glitz and glamour -- building luxury manmade island resorts and indoor ski slopes -- Oman went for subtle and authentic. Oil has replaced frankincense as Oman's most famous export, and the accompanying cash has ensured Oman's infrastructure runs smoothly for visitors. In exotic Muscat, Portuguese colonial architecture and ancient forts are kept in impeccable condition. From there, beach lovers and mountaineers can head out in any direction. Travel to Sur to catch some rays on some of the Middle East’s most undisturbed strips of sand, or venture into the seemingly uncharted Hajar Mountains to explore some Wadis (dry riverbeds) on a hike through Bedouin regions. If you prepare really, really well, taking a four-wheel-drive into the remote desert is an experience like no other.

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Koror City, Palau
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There is not a question about the landscape.... If you're a landscape photographer, it is worth it... I say good for wellness because they have the Tour of Oman (like Tour de France) here and is very popular. Other than that, there is not much here to look forward for.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

A fascinating country in the remote southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers much to to the traveler. From craggy mountain hikes to secluded villages, exploring wadis with 4x4 trucks, bathing on white sand beaches, witnessing the sea turtles laying eggs, climbing over ancient forts, shopping in the souks, and leaning about the traditions of Omani culture. Know that Oman is not for the low-budget traveler. Much of the tourism is geared towards high-spenders.

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Nizwa, Oman

In the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, lies the often-overlooked Sultanate of Oman. Balanced delicately on the edge of tradition and modernity, no latter day towers of Babel reach to the heavens here – only the jagged Hajar Mountains and the peaks of minarets silhouette the skyline.

Still, modernity slips through the seams of time and custom – a cell phone fished from a camel herder’s dishdasha (a floor-length shirt-dress worn by Omani men); a Dolce Gabana bag on the shoulder of a veiled woman in an elegant black abeyya (a thin polyester gown of sorts); Lexus and Hummers cruising along a super-highway fringed with fluttering palm trees through Sohar, the boyhood home of Sinbad the Sailor.

Real and mythic charms notwithstanding, Oman is most famous for its obscurity – a shame considering it hosts a surprising number of extreme sports opportunities (mountain climbing, hiking sandboarding kite-surfing and diving included) and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. From the giant coppered-colored dunes of the Empty Quarter and the monsoon-green hills of Dhofar, to the fjords of Musandam, a surfeit of forts and thousands of kilometers of white, virginal beaches in between, Oman is the hidden jewel in the crown of Arabia.

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London, UK

Oman is an unspoiled haven of Middle Eastern tradition. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the ‘Grand Canyon of the Middle East,’ and miles of turquoise seas, tradition and modernity converge. The Chedi is a multiple award-winning property, fusing sensual Omani architecture with stylish design. Expect to see a beautiful international crowd sipping Singapore Slings whilst soaking in indented beds in the longest infinity pool in the Middle East. On-site chocolatiers, patisserie chefs and cake artisans bring Arabian Nights fantasies to life.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

It is beautiful.

Go from november to February when the weather is awesome!

With splendid beaches and wadis it is beautiful!

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Dubai

Love this country and the capital of Muscat, make sure you go diving here...check out the Oman Dive Center for details. This is one of the top 10 locations in the World to dive from what I hear.

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My God protect him
42 Years of administration;)

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Main beauty of Oman

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Al Sharjah, Ash Shāriqah, United Arab Emirates
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Muscat

Spicy village Oman is superb

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