In recent years Oman has seen a tremendous surge of visitor interest. Until recently unaccountably overlooked by tourism, it encapsulates the very essence of the Middle East with its ancient hill forts, busy fishing ports and markets, fertile wadis and the muezzin’s call echoing above the mountains that surround the capital city of Muscat.
Oman does not suffer from the over-westernisation that has affected some of its neighbours: It maintains an air of tradition that is fresh and rewarding and its friendly people make any visit rewarding and worthwhile. Tourism, still in its early days, is being developed with the intention of showcasing and protecting the country’s charm and without the ‘bling’ associated with, for example, Dubai.
With more than 1,000 kilometres of pristine coastline, Oman has some of the most spectacular empty beaches in the world and excellent diving.
Fiona’s travel tips
TOP TIP: The Musandam Peninsula is just a 90 minute drive from Dubai — an easy way to combine the two countries.
READ: Wilfred Thesiger’s Across the Empty Quarter.
BEST TIME TO GO:
Jordan and Syria: Spring and autumn
Lebanon: year round
UAE/Oman: October to April
Jordan: 5½ hours (direct)
Lebanon: 4½ hours (direct)
Oman: 9 hours (indirect)
Syria: 6¾ hours (direct)
UAE: 6¾ hours (direct)
“Fiona always makes the itineraries so exciting. We added the turtle watching and this was quickly incorporated. The holiday went as smoothly as the itinerary and was a perfect mix of relaxation and activity. We would love to go back again and perhaps explore other parts of Oman such as Salalah and the Empty Quarter. We had a wonderful holiday and look forward to planning another trip with you before too long. "Richard and Sally Morgan, Oman, September 2016
Mr and Mrs Anthony Hallet, Oman
“Fiona, we had truly amazing time in Oman, thank you so much for all you did."
“One of the very best holidays we have had. In fact we are seriously talking about going back to Oman next year. The agency was excellent….The guide and the trips were more than adequate, and the rest days perfect. Thank you for your efforts”.
Mrs Joan Dampney, Oman
“We had a truly memorable trip to Jordan from start to finish and cannot thank you enough for putting it together so professionally and in such a short space of time. One of the best holidays we have ever had.”
Paul Crayford, Jordan
“We wanted to write and thank you for arranging our recent holiday. It was superb and we had a very happy time. I wrote a little travelogue – I’ve attached it for your possible interest (less a travelogue and more a novel...it’s 5 pages long!) The itinerary was fine, we saw and experienced a great deal but never felt rushed. Loved all of it, I think my ‘travelogue’ speaks for that; planned experiences were as hoped but, as so often, it's the unexpected things that make you smile which are mostly to do with the people you meet. A most wonderful experience was up in the mountains and stopping at a ‘lay-by’ where suddenly we were aware of goats and a Bedouin and two tatty chairs and a little table placed to overlook this beautiful valley below which was the Dana Nature Reserve; the Bedouin produced two plastic cups of the most exquisite Arabic tea and there we sat, drinking in both the tea and this wonderful place which was silent and still and the air so fresh. Asked if I may take a photo of him, the Bedouin seriously and graciously adjusted his headdress and beamed into the camera. Such happenings as this and many others could not have been possible if we’d come on a tour holiday.”
Stewart and Sue Thomson, Jordan, April 2011