Land of contrasts

In pictures: the nomadic way of life in Oman’s deserts
In pictures: the nomadic way of life in Oman’s deserts
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In pictures: the nomadic way of life in Oman’s deserts

With temperatures reaching 51C in the summer, conditions in the deserts of Oman are tough. Amazingly though, life out here has learnt not only to survive, but to thrive.
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In pictures: celebrating the traditions of Oman

Oman is a country where traditions are woven into the fabric of society; where artisan techniques have remained unchanged for centuries, building developments must adhere to traditional designs, and the people have a powerful connection to their culture.

Oman on four wheels: discover the ultimate coastal road trip itinerary

Oman’s coastal road hugs the peninsula for 1,000 miles, winding its way from the capital of Muscat to the southern city of Salalah. It makes for a road trip of epic proportions — read on for our tips on how to tackle it over two weeks.

A guide to exploring Oman’s monumental mountain scenery

This is a country where mountains, valleys and canyons combine to create fierce, monumental scenery. Read on for our pick of the top ways to tackle the peaks, from rock climbing on sea cliffs to abseiling hidden waterways.

Ridges, ripples and vast swathes of sand: how to discover Oman’s deserts

Some of the world’s most extreme expanses of desert are found within Oman’s borders, sprawling from horizon to horizon. From quad biking to birdwatching, here are five ways to make the most of the sand.

How to explore northern Oman’s most famous sites, from Muscat to the remote Musandam Peninsula

From natural to man-made, Oman has a host of spectacular sites including ancient forts, enormous mosques, and its very own Grand Canyon. This ten-day itinerary includes many of the country’s must-visit attractions.

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Meet the different faces of Oman

Hamid spends his days scaling the peaks of Jebel Shams, while Abdulfattah has fished with his family since he was a boy. And then there’s Nader, whose passion for Omani ingredients has seen him rise to the top of Muscat’s dining scene. These are the people of Oman, who bring this beautiful country to life.

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Meet Abdulfattah Ahmed Al Shehhi, the fisherman who grew up on the waters of Oman's Musandam Peninsula

Abdulfattah has been fishing with his family since he was a boy. He now runs a tour company, taking travellers out to see the Norway of the Middle East for themselves.

Into Oman's Hajar mountains: Meet the climber Hamid Alshabnooti

Climbing and canyoning instructor Hamid finds happiness in the mountains, where russet red peaks rise skywards, and views stretch out across vast oceans of sand.

Meet Nader Al Aisari, the Omani celebrity chef behind the country's fine-dining trend

Oman’s food scene is blossoming, in part thanks to the country’s wealth of natural ingredients, from fish to spices, and in part because of Nader al Aisari, a passionate Omani chef upping the country’s restaurant game.

Salalah: Say goodbye to the desert

For a few months each year, Salalah, in southern Oman, is transformed by monsoon rains. The hills are verdant, the rivers swell, and deserted natural pools beg to be swum in

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Insights into the Omani way of life

Experience local life in Jebel Akhdar The crags and canyons of Jebel Akhdar — 'the Green Mountain' — are known for their hiking trails. The remoteness of the Al Hajar region also ensures traditional life still thrives. In the rainy season, water flows through a labyrinth of wadis and terraces fed by ancient aflaj irrigation systems. Pomegranate, peach and walnut farming supports tiny hillside communities, and each April, the scent of rose water distillation floats on a gentle mountain breeze.

Sleep: Oman's best places to stay

From its vast deserts, towering peaks and pristine beaches to its buzzing capital, Muscat, it's easy to fall under Oman's spell. Here are some hotel options for every type of traveller

Salalah: Wedding crasher

Locals in this southern Omani city are always keen share advice on things to see and do, but it's in attending a wedding celebration that Salalah really shows its colours

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Muscat: souks, smells and superyachts

Oman's capital is a riot of sights and sounds, and wandering through the maze of alleys that makes up the Muttrah Souk is perhaps the best introduction to what the city has to offer.

Dhofar: Where leopards roam

The steep, scrubby slopes of the Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve are home to the last Arabian leopards, although the chances of spotting one are almost non-existent

Adventure: Oman's adrenaline-inducing activities

Oman's intriguing and varied landscapes make it the ideal destination for adrenalin sports enthusiasts. Here are five adventures to try

Places: These Omani landscapes are out of this world

From lush oases and hilltop towns to vast stretches of desert, Oman really is a land of contrasts. We round up five otherworldly destinations you need to visit

Wildlife: Where to spot Oman's big five

There are abundant opportunities to observe animals in their natural habitat in Oman, with plenty of local tours available. Read on for our pick of the best

Coastal wonders: The best of Oman’s beaches

Desert terrain juxtaposes with azure ocean to jaw-dropping effect in Oman. We round up five of the most beautiful beach spots.

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Oman: From mountains to coastline

The peaks of Oman’s Jebel Shams have been dubbed the Grand Canyon of Arabia, known for their dizzying heights and red hued rocks. Contrast this with the coastline, where the winding waterways of the Musandam Fjords teem with sea life, and where fishing still forms the backbone of the local economy

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Historical masterpieces: Sites that bring Oman’s past to life

As the oldest independent Arab state and the site of one of the world’s earliest inhabited cities, Oman is a treasure trove for history buffs. Here are five sites not to miss.

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