Oman: An Arabian Oasis Awaits You!

Welcome to Oman, the ultimate Arabian oasis awaiting your discovery with Luxury Women’s Tours!  With its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and very warm hospitality, Oman is a hidden gem that promises an unforgettable experience.  So, get ready to embark on a journey you’ll likely never forget!

Facts About Oman

Oman, a mesmerizing country located in the Middle East, is an off-the-beaten-path gem waiting to be explored. Situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman will offer a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern developments that will leave any traveler in awe.  

Geographically, Oman shares borders with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. Its coastline spans over 2,000 kilometers, offering visitors diverse landscapes, including pristine beaches, rugged mountains, and vast deserts.  One standout feature of Oman is its captivating wadis, picturesque valleys carved through the mountains, where turquoise pools and lush vegetation create a serene oasis.

The Omani people are known for their welcoming nature and genuine hospitality.  Aussies will feel right at home among the friendly locals, who are always ready with a warm smile and a helping hand.  Many Omanis still embrace their traditional way of life, which revolves around the principles of Islam.  Respect for elders, generosity towards guests, and a keen sense of community are deeply ingrained in the Omani culture.

Speaking of culture, Oman is a treasure trove of ancient traditions and customs.  The traditional dress for Omani men is the dishdasha, a flowing ankle-length robe, while Omani women gracefully don the abaya, a loose black cloak.  With its hypnotic blend of rhythms and melodies, Omani music will transport visitors to a different era.  The country’s vibrant souqs (markets) offer a glimpse into the rich artistic heritage, with traditional crafts such as silver jewelry, handwoven textiles, and intricately carved wooden artifacts.

The country is renowned for its architectural wonders, with its crowning jewel being the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.  Boasting stunning craftsmanship and intricate Islamic designs, this mosque is a symbol of Oman’s religious devotion and architectural mastery.  Plus, Oman is famous for the imposing forts and castles, which stand as a testament to the country’s turbulent history.

But what truly sets Oman apart is its commitment to preserving its natural surroundings.  The country is home to several protected areas, such as the Wahiba Sands and the stunning Wadi Shab.  These untouched landscapes provide opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to go dune bashing, explore hidden cave pools, or simply immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.

For those seeking adventure, Oman offers a range of thrilling activities.  Drive along the coastal roads for a chance to spot dolphins in the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea.  Embark on a desert safari, experiencing the exhilaration of riding across the undulating dunes in a 4×4 vehicle.  Or, check out some options for deep-sea diving and explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Oman’s well-preserved culture, breathtaking landscapes, and warm-hearted people make it a must-visit destination.  Whether you are seeking a cultural immersion, an outdoor adventure, or simply a peaceful retreat, Oman has something for everyone.

Why Visit Oman?

Oman is a country that is often overlooked when it comes to tourist destinations, but it is worth to visit! Below are some reasons why you should consider adding Oman to your travel bucket list:

Beautiful landscapes:  Oman is blessed with stunning natural landscapes that are sure to take your breath away.  Viewing the majestic mountains of Jebel Akhdar to the vast desert of Sharqiyah Sands, there is no shortage of picturesque views in this country; plenty of material to take amazing Insta shots. 

Rich history and culture:  Oman has a rich history, a home to many historic sites and architectural wonders.  One of the must-see items on your list should be the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture.  Also explore the ancient forts of Nizwa and visit the traditional souks for a taste of the local culture.

Warm and welcoming locals:  Omani people are known for their warmth and hospitality. When visiting Oman, you can expect to be greeted with open arms and experience true Arabian hospitality.  Do not be surprised if you are invited to a cup of Omani coffee or a traditional meal with a local family.

Diverse outdoor activities:  Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, Oman has something to offer for everyone. You can go hiking in the mountains, camel trekking in the desert, or diving in the clear waters of the Arabian Sea.  If you are lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or turtles along the coast!

Delicious cuisine:  Food lovers will be delighted by the Omani cuisine, which is a unique blend of Arabian, Persian, Indian, and African flavors.  Do make sure to try traditional dishes like Shuwa (marinated lamb cooked in an underground sand oven), Mashuai (roasted spiced lamb served with rice), and Omani sweets like Halwa and Ma’amoul.

Here are some special must do/see items:

  • Explore the ancient city of Nizwa and its famous fort, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
  • Take a scenic drive along the breathtaking Jebel Akhdar mountains and witness the terraced rose gardens and traditional villages.
  • Visit the Wahiba Sands desert and experience a thrilling dune-bashing adventure or enjoy a peaceful camel ride at sunset.
  • Discover the beautiful Wadi Shab, a hidden paradise with turquoise pools and waterfalls, perfect for a refreshing swim.
  • Spend a day in Muscat, the capital city of Oman, and explore its iconic landmarks, such as the Royal Opera House and Mutrah Corniche.
  • Go dolphin or turtle watching in the coastal town of Sur, where you can witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Relax on the stunning beaches of Salalah and enjoy the beautiful coastline with its clear waters.

Some Pre-Visit Reminders

As you decide your trip to Oman, you should be aware of the cultural beliefs and traditions that are deeply respected by the locals.  Oman is a Muslim country, so dress modestly, most especially when you are visiting religious sites.  Avoid wearing tight or revealing clothes to show respect for the local customs, so be sure to pack accordingly.  Maybe it would be wise to leave your skimpy bikini at home, or take a cover-up.  

When it comes to packing for your trip to Oman, there are a few essentials you shouldn’t forget.  Firstly, make sure to pack lightweight, breathable clothes as the country experiences hot and arid weather year-round.  Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are a necessity.  Don’t forget to pack a scarf or shawl when it comes to visiting mosques or other religious places.  Some places will have covers you can ‘borrow’ but they are not necessarily washed between use; we recommend you take your own.  

Shopping is good in Oman, especially in larger areas where there are more tourists, Muskat etc.  The local currency is the Omani rial (OMR is the code).  Some places also accept the UAE dirham or USD, but not always.  Most larger/tourist places, hotels and some restaurants accept MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Cirrus or Maestro.  ATMs can ‘dry up’ on weekends in smaller towns, so a little local currency might be wise.    

As always, with every tour we create at Luxury Women’s Tours, we do all the ‘heavy lifting’ with organising your whole trip, making sure it will delight and will be safe.  We plan out some great adventures and create a trip you’ll absolutely love.  To learn more about our next Oman trip visit:   Oman Womens Group tour

.  Come join us! 

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