Flights to Oman
Flights to Oman
Oman –Kaleidoscope of Arabic Charms
Oman, officially called as the Sultanate of Oman is an Arab state located in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of Arabian Peninsula. The country shares its borders with United Arab Emirates in northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west and Yemen in the southwest. It also shares a marine border with Iran. Muscat is the capital of Oman and the Muscat airport is well connected to major parts of the world. Islam is the major religion followed by 75% of the population. While Arabic is the official language, Balochi is widely spoken as well.
About the Country
The climate of Oman is hot and dry for major parts of the year. Summer begins in mid-April and last until October and is best avoided. Dhofar is the only region in the country to receive strong monsoon climate. The coastal region of the country is humid. The best time to visit Oman is during the months from November and mid-March, when the air gets cooler and the scenery is the most charming. During these months the daytime temperatures averages at 25°C.The cultural characteristics of Oman are very similar to that of its Arab neighbours. Muscat festival held annually between January and February and Salalah festival held during July and August are also good time to explore the culture of the country.
There are numerous cities and towns in Muscat that tourists can explore. Oman has a diverse culture with various tourist attractions and is particularly well known for Cultural tourism. Muscat, Seeb, Salalah, Bawshar, Sohar, Suwayq, Ibri, Saham, Barka and Rustaq are major cities in Oman and each city has unique museums and historical attractions to explore.
The third millennium (BC) settlement and tombs in Bat, the Al-Khatm and Al-Ain locations in Adh-Dhahira region, Bahla Fort in Bahla State in Dakiliya region, ancient cities of Al-Blaid and Shasr, KhuwrRori and WadiDooka are some of the popular heritage attractions. Oman is famous for its unique water system that represents a cultural legacy and is called as ‘Falaj’.
The beach coast of Oman is perfect for enjoying various water sports like swimming, kite surfing, diving, snorkelling, sea turtle and dolphin watching. Alzaiba Beach, Al Sawadi Beach Resort, coast beyond Quriyat and beaches of Ras al Hadd, Ras Al Junayz and MasirahIsland are some of the major places. Horse and camel rides are major attractions in the desert region of Oman.
Eating and Shopping
Oman cuisine is a mix of several staple Asian foods and is known for its rich & fragrant spices and herbs. Dishes are often based around chicken, fish, lamb and rice. Harees, Kahwa, Kebabs, Muqalab, Maqbous, Mashuai, Shuwa and Sakhana are some of the famous dishes one should not miss in Oman. There are many high end hotels as well as local restaurants in all the cities where tourists can savour these delicacies. Coffee is the national beverage, while tea is drunk for hospitality in Oman.
From traditional and simple old souks to the bustling ultra-modern shopping complexes, there is no dearth of shopping options in Oman. Omani silver jewellery, home wares, incense powders, perfumed oils, handcrafted pottery, replica and antique khanjars (ceremonial curved daggers) and colourfully embroidered ‘kuma’ hats are some of the major shopping items.
Flights to Oman
While Muscat is the capital as well as the main city in Oman and it is the only city in the country to have an international airport. The Salalah airport, Duqm Jaaluni airport and Khasab airport are the major domestic airports in the county.
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