Discover the hidden secrets of Authentic Arabia in Oman… Where modern-day living blends seamlessly with long-standing traditions.

Authentic Arabia in Oman

In our rapidly developing world, truly authentic experiences in the destinations we visit are increasingly hard to come by. However, the vast and largely desert-covered country of Oman, the dichotomy to its glitzy neighbour, Dubai, offers a Middle Eastern experience which stands still in time. The landscapes, people and culture are matched in their magnificence by the impressive line-up of hotels that truly wow. What we particularly love about this Arabian idyll is the opportunity for accessible adventure, as well as ultimate relaxation. Infinity pools perch on mountain tops, desert camps hide beneath star-studded skies, uninhabited islands remain reserved for bare-foot visitors, sparkling souks unlock the senses. All this, just a little over 7 hours away.

Perhaps the biggest trend we are seeing in holidays to Oman is the number of families looking to plan a journey through the city, to the mountains, the desert, the coast and back again. We feel this is down to the ease of travel, without vast distances or time differences involved, as well as the incredible hotel options that are on offer for all ages.

Family Activities in Oman

Oman may not be the first place that comes to mind for a family holiday, but let us tell you about family activities in Oman to fascinate younger family members.

  • Fascinating Forts – find the famous Round Tower Fort in Nizwa.

This attracts older children who are interested in architecture, daggers and dungeons or ornamental silver jewellery. Younger children will enjoy exploring the little rooms, nooks, corners and staircases like a maze. From the rooftop, soak in beautiful views of the surrounding village and palm trees with the mountains as the backdrop.

  • Bander Al Khayran island – dolphin spotting and snorkelling on board a luxury yacht

Embark on a Luxury Yacht trip with your family to see dolphins and whales. You may see many species of whales that can be found just a few kilometres from Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip can guarantee seeing the marine mammals, but who can beat being on a luxury yacht with the family. There is also the opportunity to snorkel in the bay of Bander Al Khayran island.

  • Arabian Night Experience 

For a truly unique and magical family experience, head to Wadi Abyad Dunes. An experienced chauffer will take you dune bashing around the dunes. BBQ dinner will be served at a private set up, an experience you will never forget.

  • Good to know…

Oman offers a treasure trove of experiences for families. It’s sunny, clean and safe, with very little crime, it is exceptionally friendly, with more than half the population speaking English. Find out more about your holiday to Oman today.

Other things to know about Oman and what makes it authentic:

Oman Beaches & The Sea

If accommodation at sea for a night or two floats your boat, why not sail away with Oman Charter on its eight-person catamaran? The stunning Daymanyiat Islands nature reserve is a relatively new discovery for tourists, and you may still be lucky enough to have the bay to yourselves – apart from the local hawksbill turtles and abundant birdlife.


The sourthern slopes of the Hajar Mountrains, which drop for more than 3,000mm straight into the Gulf, are famous for their oasis villages and date groves. They are in stark contrast to the sand dunes of the sparsely populated Wahiba desert.

Date Palms in Oman

Date palm is the primary agricultural crop in Oman. Oman is the eighth largest producer of dates in the world!

Rose Water 

rose water in oman

Oman is home to one of the purest rose waters in the world, produced from the finest fragrant damask rose found atop the mountains of Jabal Akhdar in Al Dakhiliya region. You will be fascinated to watch how the is beautifully produced.  It is said the petals are plucked before dawn when dew still lies on the bushes, for the oil to be it’s most intense. (The best time to visit Oman for Roses is in April.)

Olive Groves

Oman’s olive trees can be found in the North East of the Sultanate, where similar climates to Mediterranean countries are enjoyed. A wide variety of very special olives can be found. The first trees were planted in 1994, and others have followed since. Olive oil harvest usually occurs in August. there is good demand for the Olive Oil from Oman!

Oman Desert

omani locals in the desert

West of Sur, the vast Wahiba desert of undulating sand rises up to 200m.

An off-road, roller-coaster ride across the ever-changing dunes towards the Desert Nights Camp will have you screaming with excitement.

Muscat Magic

Grand Mosque in Muscat

The Grand Mosque, built by Sultan Qaboos in the late 1990’s is one of the most magical attractions.


The Hajar Mountains offer a rocky and rugged terrain, they provide a real challenge for any hiking enthusiast. They are located in North-Eastern Oman and the eastern United Arab Emirates. They are truly spectacular, you will take an off-road guided drive to get a feel for the mountains, or embark on an amazing hike!


Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace to Al-Riyam park is where you will find a huge white frankincense burner. There are many uses for Omani frankincense, some believe you can burn it to repel snakes., some use it as a gum breath freshener, even pregnant women have been known to nibble on it, but it is most widely used for its beautiful biblical aroma.

When to go to Oman?

desert adventure in Oman

The best time to visit Oman is between September and May. June, July and August are particularly hot, but no hotter than Dubai. Rainfall varies according to the region but stays low throughout the year.

Find out more about your holiday to Oman today.

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