Oman – Welcome to ‘The Real Arabia’

Lizzie Adamson-Brown on 14 August 2017

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This week I learnt at a training day that Oman is not all about sand and camels! This country has everything for everyone and I have had my eyes well and truly opened! The government are making their country very accessible and attractive to cater for all visitors, with a huge selection of quality resorts and attractions for everyone, including children. I discovered that Oman is a country of contrasting landscapes, with the beautiful white sandy beaches contrasting with the spectacular mountains of greenery. Summer months in Oman can see temperatures of 40°C or more inland, with the mountain and coastal areas being a lot cooler. Spring and Autumn holidays here would be an ideal time to visit (also, being out of school times, this would be a cheaper option). Like I said, there’s something for everyone, with a wealth of coastal activities for the more energetic of you, such as Scuba Diving to some of the world famous diving sites, Sailing, parasailing and kite surfing. For the less energetic or more relaxing, take a trip on a turtle cruise, dolphin watching trip or just relax on the beach or by your hotel pool. Inland, where the fantastic scenery is green with stunning mountains, try rock climbing, hiking on fabulous trails, camel trekking or how about a 4 wheel drive experience through a dried river bed, called ‘Wadi Bashing’? Things I also learnt . . . the price of petrol in Oman is 36p per litre, so taxis are cheap and plentiful; alcohol is available in selected hotels and restaurants but you can’t buy it from shops without a licence - you can, however, consume duty-free in your hotel room. In public, women are expected, to dress appropriately by covering arms and legs with clothing that is not too tight or sheer. This does not apply to private hotels where you swim and sunbathe as you would anywhere in the world. Being from a wedding planning background myself, I can see and picture many gorgeous honeymoons in Oman, with so many fantastic and beautiful resorts to choose from. Give me a call on 0191 432 6570 for more info on Oman and the fabulous choices it offers. Lizzie x

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