Oman Holidays

Set on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman has gone from vital trade post to emerging tourist destination. There’s small wonder as to why this has happened, the pure beauty of this ancient country is hard to deny, and the hospitality of the people who live here is unsurpassed.

Although more popular than a decade ago, Oman is still very much undiscovered as a tourist destination. Everything from its contrasting landscapes to its rich culture and history will instantly draw you in.

Explore its scenic beauty – from the lush greenery of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, to the vast sand dunes of Wahiba Sands, and the idyllic port city of Sur. A good view is essential to any great trip, and is loved by everyone. Whether you’re nine or 90, these striking landscapes are postcard perfect and will leave you amazed and in awe.

Holidays to Oman offer so much more than just stunning scenery, though. Omani traditions, customs, and culture can be traced back over 2,000 years and the oldest human settlement traces back over 8,500 years. Embark on a city tour of Muscat, visit Sultan Qaboos Mosque, and see Mutrah Souq – the oldest in Oman.  Explore the network of pathways that make up this traditional marketplace, take in the smells of sandalwood and frankincense as you travel through this portal and back in time. Venture further inland to Nizwa and the Bahla Fort – one of Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – for a visit of the Nizwa souq, famous for the pottery made at the Bahla Fort nearby.

There are so many ways to see Oman. Our Destination Specialists recommend touring around, whether it be a full family adventure or an overnight desert camp, be sure to take in as much as you can in this stunning corner of the world.

Destination Highlights
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Desert playground
  • Cultural experiences
  • Traditional villages

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Salalah

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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Resort view

The Chedi Muscat

Muscat

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The Chedi Muscat

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Muscat

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Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Infinity Pool

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Muscat

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Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours.

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland.

Currency

OMR - Omani Rial

Visa Information

Irish passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival to Oman.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Oman.

Oman has an intrinsic modesty that belies its showstopping beauty. Often overshadowed by its extravagant Gulf neighbours, it’s managed to retain a sense of mystery, with unexplored deserts, untouched beaches, and Bedouin settlements where time stood still centuries back. You’ll notice even the cities, like the capital of Muscat, are high-rise-free zones. The result? You get an unadulterated taste of this country’s incredible past.

  • Oman landscape

    Souk shopping

    You’ll develop a skill for haggling by the time you leave Oman. Step into any of the souks and you can barter for spices, silks, and souvenirs. But make a special trip to Muscat’s Mutrah Souq for a truly authentic taste of an Arab market in all its chaotic, colourful glory.

  • Jeep Safari, Oman

    Wahiba Sands

    The landscape of the Wahiba Sands, Oman’s vast desert region, is straight from a sci-fi movie. Undulating sand dunes that ripple off in every direction look like the surface of another planet, and provide the perfect otherworldly venue for daytime safaris and night-time camp-outs under the stars.

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Average weather in January

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Oman
21ºC
17mm

Average weather in February

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Oman
22ºC
19mm

Average weather in March

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Oman
26ºC
32mm

Average weather in April

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Oman
30ºC
30mm

Average weather in May

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Oman
34ºC
3mm

Average weather in June

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Oman
35ºC
15mm

Average weather in July

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Oman
35ºC
7mm

Average weather in August

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Oman
32ºC
13mm

Average weather in September

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Oman
32ºC
12mm

Average weather in October

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Oman
30ºC

Average weather in November

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Oman
26ºC
3mm

Average weather in December

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Oman
23ºC
23mm
  • Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “Why not explore Oman as part of a tour? It’s the best way to see the landmarks you want to see and your guide has a wealth of unrivalled knowledge that will make your trip that extra bit special.”

  • “It would be a crime to go to Oman and not go to Salalah. This region is still unknown but it features some of the best beaches in the Middle East, making it the perfect place for a post-tour beach stay.”

  • Val

    Destination Specialist

    “Spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin Camp in Wahiba Sands for a real Arabian adventure. Go on an adrenaline pumping dune safari and then go for dinner, cooked in the traditional style, and underground.”

Our Oman destinations

Oman

Sur

Sur
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Oman

Muscat

Muscat
Khareef, Salalah

Oman

Salalah

Salalah
Views of Al Jabal al Akhdar

Oman

Al Jabal al Akhdar

Al Jabal al Akhdar
Desert safari

Oman

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

Types of Oman holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct flights to Oman take approximately 7 hours and 35 minutes. British Airways currently offers five direct flights a week, from London Heathrow to Muscat International Airport, and Oman Air offers daily direct flights. Alternatively, there are several indirect options from UK airports.

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