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Oman Holidays

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Oman – Jewel of the Arabian Peninsula

Holidays to Oman are filled with possibilities. This beautiful coastal nation is known for its stunning architecture, blissful beaches and an endless expanse of crystal-blue ocean. 

Enjoy adventures on the dunes of Wahiba, explore traditional souks, or experience the varied delights of Salalah or Muscat.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the golden sands of Oman’s best beaches, which are dotted along the eastern coast. 

If you’re searching for natural wonder, Oman has plenty to offer. The secluded tropics near Salalah are home to dramatic waterfalls – such as Ayn Athum, which draws people from far and wide. 

Plan your ultimate holiday in Oman with Etihad and experience the best of this incredible country.

beautiful view of muscat harbour

Things to do in Oman

Whether you’re searching for urban adventure, rich heritage or family day trips to the desert, you'll find it all in Oman.

aerial view of mountains in old muscat

Explore Old Muscat

Muscat’s old city feels like another world compared to the commercial district’s modern sheen.

Framed by mountains and the ocean, this cluster of white buildings is a vision of old Arabia. It finds its centre in Muttrah, which is home to the largest and most famous souk in Oman.

Mingle with the locals as you wander through stacks of exotic spices, authentic Bedu jewellery and handicrafts.

Haggling is all part of the fun, so test your skills against the local merchants to find the best deals.

Where to stay in Oman

Romantic stays by the sea

For a luxurious and romantic Oman holiday, book a stay at the beachside villages of Qantab or Qurum, just outside of Muscat.

Honeymooning doesn’t come better than at these upmarket coastal resorts. 

Qantab is popular for fishing and snorkelling – you may be lucky enough to glimpse a dolphin in the sunset.

Qurum boasts the Qurum Natural Park nature reserve, plus cosy restaurants and premium boating clubs.

palm trees on beach in oman
kids snorkelling in oman

Family fun

Take the whole family to Oman for a relaxing holiday in one of the many child-friendly resorts scattered along the coast.

Many hotels run supervised kids’ clubs, as well as offering adventure days out.

If your little ones love canoeing, snorkelling, banana boat riding and dolphin spotting, they’re sure to be entertained for hours.

Choose a family hotel with organised activities, so the kids can have fun while you enjoy a relaxing dose of sunshine. The Salalah Rotana Resort makes for a perfect base.  

 In the heart of the city

A city break in Oman is a rich experience. Stay in central Muscat to wander between the souks and breathe in frankincense from the markets.

You’ll also discover a selection of luxury hotels and boutique holiday apartments, with the Holiday Inn Muscal Al Seeb a popular choice. 

Ruwi is the city's business district and its excellent transport links to all the major tourist sites make it a great base for Omani holiday adventures. 

muscat city by night in oman
oman mountain village image

All you need to know about Oman

Sun protection 

With warm winter temperatures and very hot summers, it’s important to consider sun protection in Oman. It’s advisable to bring loose clothing, sunscreen and a sun hat.

Languages spoken

Arabic is the national language of Oman, although you'll also hear some Swahili, Hindi and Urdu. Many Omanis speak excellent English, especially in hotels and tourist areas. 

Local currency

The Omani rial is the currency in Oman. There are plenty of ATMs, even in small towns, and debit cards and credit cards are widely accepted.


Oman uses one plug type – Type G – which is the three-pin British-style plug. You may need an adaptor depending on your country of origin.

More about Oman

History and heritage

The site of ancient civilisations, the first recorded references to Oman date back to the Bronze Age.

The country’s strategically important location helped it build a powerful empire from the 17th century onwards, with Muscat one of the Indian Ocean’s key trading ports.

Today, you can get an insight into the country’s fascinating history at a number of sites in and around Muscat. Bait Al Zubair in the old part of the city houses ancient weapons, clothing and household items, while outside you can tour a replica Omani village and souk.

The city is also home to the National Museum, which showcases Oman’s rich heritage. The centuries-old Al-Mirani Fort is worth exploring, while others at Nizwa and nearby Bahla are perfect for a day trip from Muscat. 


Food table seafoods
oman flag image blowing in breeze

Public holidays

A proud country, Oman celebrates a number of national holidays during the year. National Day on 18 November marks the anniversary of the country’s independence from Portuguese rule in 1650.

The following day is also a public holiday as it celebrates the birthday of former ruler Qaboos bin Said al Said. 

The sultan, who came to power in 1970, transformed Oman’s fortunes during his 50-year reign. Using revenue from the country’s oil industry, he modernised the nation and its infrastructure.

His legacy lives on through Renaissance Day, held each 23 July, which celebrates the first day of his reign.



Omani cuisine has a delicious blend of Arabian, Persian, Indian, Asian, Eastern Mediterranean and African culinary influences.

Expect lots of rich, creamy curries bursting with flavour, as well as seafood dishes made with freshly caught fish, especially in ports and fishing towns. 

Shawarma kebab is another national staple, packed with succulent cuts of chicken and lamb, while fresh fruit and dates make the perfect after-dinner treat.

The main meal is eaten during the middle of the day. Evening dinner time tends to be a light affair followed by cups of rich, dark Arabian coffee. 

oman wrap and cheery tomatoes
oman lit up at night

Why we love Oman

“Oman has so many gems to discover – from the incredible Grand Mosque to ancient forts and desert adventures. There's stunning scenery to enjoy and you're sure of a warm welcome." 

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