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The 1001 temptations of Oman

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temptations of Oman

As one of the oldest Arabic civilizations in the Middle East, Oman offers endless beaches, impressive mountains, green oases and authentic cities with a modern touch.

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Magical Muscat

Muscat welcomes you with a cool sea breeze, a perfume of herbs and incense, and hospitable residents. The smallest capital in the world is a fairytale come true, built on steep rocks and surrounded by plains.

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Due to its many low-rise and light-coloured buildings, Muscat is also known as the ‘white capital’. The 5000-year old city offers colourful markets, cosy shisha bars with fragrant hookahs and top-quality shopping malls.

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One of the most popular wadis for a refreshing swim and a picnic is Wadi Tiwi in the east of Oman. Go for spectacular hikes in this lush tropical area.

Heavenly oases

In addition to vast beaches, historic buildings and the chance to enjoy mystical nights in the desert, Oman is known for its magnificent wadis: river beds that form a green valley between the mountains, offering lavish oases with clear water, colourful flowers and exotic birdlife.

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Tortoise spotting

Not only travellers love to come back to Oman. The Arab country is also home to some of the world’s most important tortoise beaches, Ras al-Hadd and Ras al-Jinz, where over 20,000 giant tortoises from the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf come to procreate every year. Throughout the year professional guides can help you spot these prehistoric reptiles in protected nature parks.

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Oman facts & figures

  • Location: Oman is situated in the east of the Arabian Peninsula between India and Africa.
  • Head of state: His Royal Highness Sultan Qaboos bin Said (since 1970)
  • Surface area: 309,500 km²
  • Population: Over 4.8 million people
  • Capital: Muscat


  • Language: Arabic; and many Omani people speak English as well.
  • Religion: Three-quarters of the population is Ibadi, a liberal secession of the Islamic faith.
  • Climate: Varies from subtropical to a desert climate. The best time to visit is from October to April when the average daily temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.
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