Oman, a peaceful, quiet country, home to the most striking landscapes in the Arabian Peninsula is, at the same time, the most traditional, rawest and welcoming country in the Middle East.
Home to a great coastline with vertiginous cliffs, 3,000m mountains, loads of offbeat sites, and overwhelming hospitality, Oman is the ultimate destination for adventurous travelers.
For all the practical information, including all my tips and cultural facts, read my Travel Guide to Oman
Capital – Muscat
Population – 4.4 million (125th)
Official language – Arabic
Visa – All Western nationalities can buy a visa on arrival. A 30-day visa costs 60USD and a 10-day visa costs 13USD. If you are not sure whether you can get a visa on arrival, check this site.
When to go – Winter, from November till March because the rest of the year can be really, really hot. October and April could be bearable all right, depending on the year.
Oman on a budget – Oman is an expensive destination but doing it on a budget is very possible. Read: How to go backpacking in Oman on an extreme budget.
Travel Insurance – Oman is an adventure destination, a country where you may be camping in the wild, go trekking and do epic road trips, plus their health care system is private.
For this reason, you should get the right insurance and I strongly believe that World Nomads is the best one because.
My top things to do in Oman – These are my favorites:
- Experience the khareef season in Salalah – In summer, in Salalah takes place a monsoon season named khareekm which fills the region with lush green meadows.
- Driving the coastal road from Salalah to the Yemeni border – The most spectacular coast in Yemen.
- Experiencing the Omani traditional life – Unlike its neighbors from Dubai and Qatar, Oman is a country that managed to keep all its traditions.
- Camping at one of the many wadis in Oman – Oman is about outdoors and camping in one of those valleys with natural pools is one of the highlights.
- The historical heritage, from ruined cities to epic forts and abandoned villages – Oman has a large offer of historical sites, and I recommend the ruined city of Manah and the several forts spread across Rustaq, Bahla, and Nizwa.
Renting a car – You should know that public transportation in Oman sucks, so if you want to travel independently and don’t want to do hitchhiking, you must rent one to move around.
Accommodation – There are no hostels or guesthouses and budget hotels start at 25€ for a single room. However, the offer of mid-range and luxury hotels is enormous.