When you start thinking, “Oh, man. I need a holiday”, pack your bags for the sandy shores of Oman. Located east of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, this relatively small country is filled from border to border with ancient architecture, warm hospitality and delicious cuisine.
Whether you prefer fun in the sun or having it made in the shade, live it up in the big seaside cities and explore quiet desert dunes. Omanis love to share their home and history with travellers, so take part in local traditions with an open mind and you’ll make some life-long friends.
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Start your trip in the capital city of Muscat, located on the north coast. Stop for a quiet moment at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, where the main prayer carpet weighs 21 tonnes. While you’re in Muscat, dress in your evening best for a show at the Royal Opera House.
Balance that big-city glamour with some local charm at the souk (Arabic for “market”) in the inland city of Nizwa, located about 160km south of Muscat. Down south in Salalah, embrace that coast-loving life at Al Mughsail Beach and take a gander at the view from Taqah Castle. Watch the sun set over the water, then tuck yourself in to a dinner of roast lamb, saffron rice and cardamom-flavoured doughnut balls called lokhemat.
Dinner will run late, have no doubt, but there are fabulous Oman hotels waiting for you to turn in once you’re stuffed.
Hit the runway at Muscat International Airport (MCT), located 14km west of the city centre. In the bigger cities you can commute by bus to Oman accommodation and all the sights on your itinerary, but for a whirlwind tour, a holiday hire car is tops (from lastminute.com.au, naturally).
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