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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

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