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Oman

The best time to travel in Oman

Avoid the overwhelming heat by leaving for Oman between October and March preferably. In the South, avoid the rainy season at all costs. Those who can handle a lot of heat could go anytime year-round to discover this absolutely beautiful country.

At a glance

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The best time to discover Oman is between October and March. You can enjoy pleasant temperatures and won’t be too hot. Beware if you go to the Southern part of the country: avoid the monsoon months, from June through September. You should also pay attention to the dates of Ramadan, during which many businesses close and various activities are impossible.

Travel based on Omani wildlife

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Of course you can swim with the dolphins, but also admire the turtles in the Ras al-Jinz wildlife reserve. In December, you can watch the whales off the coast of Muscat. And there's a strong chance that you'll come across gazelles, oryx, and hyraxes, a type of large Omani guinea pig. Take advantage of the period that extends from October to March to avoid weather that is too hot.

Oman's interior

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Choose the period from October through March to explore the country’s interior. It is the region where Oman’s first Muslims lived, and there you can visit the first mosque in Sumail. You can also discover the Bahla Fort, classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, of course, you won’t want to miss Nizwa, “the Pearl of Islam.”

The South

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Avoid the rainy season, from June through September, to go on your discovery of the Southern part of the country. Go between October and March preferably; the rest of the year, temperatures are sweltering. Discover a beautiful and quiet region, very different from the rest of the country. Dhofar is separated from the North by a large desert. and you'll feel really far away, like you're in another country.

Travel in the desert

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Oman is a perfect destination for anyone who loves the desert. Don't miss the Sharqiya Sand dunes or the much greener desert of Wadi Dharbat. In Wadi Ghul, you will have stunning views of the Grand Canyon of Arabia. There are deserts for all tastes in Oman: choose the months from October to March to discover these beautiful landscapes that alone are worth the detour.

The Central Region

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Oman’s central region is the least populated. In fact, a large part of its land is a desert of pebbles and sand. Therefore, travelers seeking solitude and open space should focus on this part of the country. You can admire dolphins, turtles, and birds along the beaches in the region, which you should explore preferably between October and March when temperatures are more pleasant.

Travel to the forts and castles

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Of course, you can discover the sublime Bahla Fort. But other Omani forts and castles are worth a visit. Jabrin Castle offers outstanding architecture, while the Nizwa Fort tower is one of a kind. You can also visit the Nakhal and Rustaq Forts. Take advantage of the period that extends from October through March to visit without getting too hot.

The Coast

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Discover the amazing city of Muscat, which has kept its traditional charm. The city is very clean and refined with magnificent buildings. Enjoy the region’s many beaches and the resort town of Bandar Jissah. It's not a fancy city compared to its neighbor Dubai, and its interests lie in simplicity and natural beauty. Go between October and March preferably.
Tiphaine Leblanc
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Updated 26 October 2018
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