Due to the diversity in the terrain, the climate in Oman also differs as per the geography. Most of the country enjoys a warm and sunny weather during the winter months, from October to April, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C during the day. The nights are cooler with an average of 19°C.
The summer months – May to September, are very hot and humid in the coastal areas and hot and dry in the interiors. Temperatures can range from 35°C to 45°C during these months. However, this is also when the southern Dhofar region enjoys ‘khareef’ or monsoon season with light to heavy rains and considerably cooler weather, up to 15°C lower than the rest of the country.
Do's & Dont's: Many Arab customs are very different from those in the west and being aware of the social norms will help you avoid uncomfortable situations. Oman is more conservative as compared to the UAE and hence, certain actions and behaviors might be regarded as inappropriate by the local community.
#1: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
A glorious piece of Islamic architecture, the mosque is equally mesmerizing from the inside as it is from the outside. Beautiful pearl-white exteriors complemented by breathtakingly rich interiors, the mosque stands out as the one landmark you cannot afford to miss.
Exquisite workmanship and lively atmosphere at this souq is definitely worth experiencing to gain an insight into the culture of Oman. The central market with the fort in the backdrop is about a two hour drive from Muscat, the capital of Oman.
Best traversed with a 4x4 vehicle, the picturesque Wadi Shab and its lush vegetation are a stark contrast to the desert and city terrain. You will be rewarded with views of pools, waterfalls, greenery and wild life, in arguably one of the most gorgeous destinations of Oman.
Nestled at the eastern most point of the Arabian Peninsula, the Turtle Reserve is a sanctuary for the endangered green sea turtle. Set amidst the landscape of mountains, wadis, waterfalls and white sandy beaches, you can view more than 20,000 turtles laying eggs during the early hours of the day.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is an impressive 12-century fort, located in the walled city of Bahla that runs along for several kilometers along the wadi. You can enjoy travelling through time as you see most buildings in the city made of traditional mud brick, dating back 100s of years.
Home to dramatic canyons, deep gorges and rocky valleys, the rugged Hajjar Mountains are best enjoyed through a safari on a 4x4 vehicle. Adventurous people may choose to trek the green mountains or simply walk through the villages to get a flavor of the local life.
Towering sand dunes will greet you in this region, which is also home to the Bedu. Offering a glimpse into the traditional way of life, a trip to this region is incomplete without camping overnight and mingling with the locals.
Best explored on a dhow (wooden boat) cruise, these Fjords are located in the stunningly beautiful region of Khasab on the northern peninsula of Oman. Emerald green waters in the backdrop of rugged brown mountains will leave you in awe as you sail in between the towering fjords.
One of the most accessible wadis in Oman, the drive to this wadi itself is fascinating. Winding paths amidst the rugged mountains leads you to this large pool fed by a natural perennial spring, with crystal clear emerald green waters.
The southern coast of Oman, which is far from the capital city, is the home of frankincense. Contrasting scenically with the northern part of the country, this region receives a fair amount of rainfall during the year, making it into a land with lush pastures, flowing rivers and waterfalls.