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Best things to do in Oman - A fantastic mix of nature, culture & history

Looking for a serene oasis to spend your holiday? Oman is an interesting place to visit combining breath-taking natural beauty, a huge choice of outdoor activities, well-preserved traditions, welcoming people and fascinating architecture.

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Thrilling activities

You'll find no better place to try out some coastal adventures other than Oman's huge coastline. There are many environmentally friendly beaches where one can try out diving, jet-skiing, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up-paddle boating and sailing. Those who plan to stay at one of the many Oman luxury resorts the likes of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort can experience a range of water sports as well as mountain trekking excursions to spice up the vacation. If you are not fond of any of these water sport activities, you can simply choose a deserted beach like Bimmah Beach to have a fantastic camping adventure.

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Explore wonders of nature

Oman is known the world over for its breath-taking nature. It has no shortage of appealing landscapes to inspire you to extend your holiday in this wonderful destination. Do not miss visiting its stunning mountains: Jebel Misht, Jebel Shams (The Sun Mountain), Jebel Ghawil, Jebel Akhdar (The Green Mountain) and Jebel Samhan, wadis in Arabic Valley, sand dunes, mesmeric beaches and natural paradises like Bimmah Sinkhole and Salalah. Those who like green landscapes can plan a visit to witness Salalah, a splendid sub-tropical oasis, during Khareef season. Do not miss taking a plane journey to catch a glimpse of beautiful Frankincense trees or the 'dessert tears.'

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Perfect timing!

Avoid the rainy season! This will sound bizarre since Oman usually possesses a dry climate. If you are looking forward to getting the best out of your holiday in Oman, it is better to avoid the three months, July, August and September. During these months the average rainfall ranges between 25-30mm. Therefore, those who visit Oman during these months can hardly try out an exciting activity other than 'walk in the clouds!' The warm summer months, April, May and June will be the ideal months to embark on an unforgettable trip to witness some of the best Oman attractions.

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Musandam peninsula

Have you ever heard of 'Norway of Arabia'? Excited to know and explore it during your holiday? Indeed, it's worth a visit! Musandam peninsula in Oman draws the attention of all leisure travellers who visit the place due to its fjord-like rocky landscapes where blue turquoise waters and rocky mountains combine mesmerizingly. One reason that makes this place unique out of the other Omani attractions is its location. It is best accessed by sea and separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates.

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Unforgettable gastronomic journey

Omani cuisine has a strong link with Oman's culture. Its exceptional traditional mouth-watering cuisine proves much evidence for it and therefore, you should spend some time trying out some of its wonderful dishes during your visit. Cook your way through the Sultanate with recipes such as Zanzibari coconut-creamed spinach, citrusy seafood paplou soup and turmeric-tinted chicken madrouba. Dates are very popular among Omani people and often they consider this fruit as a divine gift. It's eaten fresh! You'll come across diverse varieties of dates here. Why not try out Oman's national dish? 'Shuwa' locally known to be the national dish is served during special occasions like the Eid holidays or weddings.

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How about picnicking?

Looking for some of the best picnic hotspots in Oman? You should definitely make a visit to the Marneef Cave which is in close proximity to the Al Mughsayl Beach. As you go down to the blowholes, you can capture a better view of this wonderful cave. Laze by the beach to immerse in spectacular seascapes. Also known as Mughsayl Natural Fountains, there are three impressive blowholes at a stone's throw away from the Marneef cave. When the sea is rough, you can witness how seawater explodes into the air through these holes. You will also find a sitting area near these blowholes to enjoy the spectacular scenery around. The view is indeed fascinating!