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Oman: A One of a Kind Destination

9th July 2024

Three Travel Associates advisors recently explored the hidden gem of Oman.


Once overlooked as a destination to visit by many, the country of Oman is emerging as a spot for curious travellers seeking a new travel experience.

A handful of Travel Associates advisors recently returned from exploring this tranquil and culturally rich destination, offering an authentic taste of Emirati culture without the tourist crowds.

"I had heard how different Oman was from other Arabian countries. When the opportunity to visit arose, I was intrigued to learn more about the country, culture, people, and, of course, the food." - Belinda Moore, Travel Associates Cottesloe.

For those in search of a destination with profound historical and cultural heritage, Oman stands out as a must-visit.

Read on for the recommendations from our three advisors who spent five unforgettable days exploring Oman.


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Our Travel Associates advisors arriving in Muscat, Oman.
Our Travel Associates advisors arriving in Muscat, Oman. Featured, Belinda Moore, Tomas Syrifos & Mili Gonzalez.


Oman: An Overview

Oman is situated to the West of the Middle East, sharing its borders with neighbouring countries United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. It’s capital city, Muscat, is just a four hour drive from Dubai, but the neighbouring cities’ Middle Eastern experiences could not be more different. Where Dubai is all things glitz, glamour, fast paced and towering, Muscat is genuine, understated, and culturally rich - a theme that resonates throughout the rest of the country.



What to Experience

Muscat: Our advisors' journey began in Oman’s capital, Muscat. Muscat sits on the Gulf of Oman, and is surrounded by mountains and deserts. Here, the advisors visited magnificent mosques, the jewels of Omani architecture, explored glittering souqs, and enjoyed traditional dinners with local families.

Natural Wonders: Oman is well known for its natural wonders, including the extraordinary Bimmah Sinkhole, a stunning turquoise swimming hole in the middle of the desert. The warm water, influenced by the surrounding limestone, is a unique feature.

Ras al Jinz: A three hour drive from Muscat, Ras al Jinz is one of the most important nesting areas for endangered green turtles in the Indian Ocean and watching them in their natural habitat is a very popular eco-tourism activity. Time your visit between May and September to witness the newly hatched baby turtles making their journey to the sea.


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Camels at Thousand Nights Camp.
Camels at Thousand Nights Camp.


Where to Stay

Alila Jebel Akhdar: Perched high in the Al Hajar Mountains, this resort boasts stunning panoramic views and a peaceful environment, with traditional Omani touches adding to the one of a kind experience.

Thousand Nights Camp: Located in the heart of the Omani desert, guests can enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and modern comforts amidst the out-of-this-world desert landscape.

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel: Set against the backdrop of the Al Hajar mountains on a large stretch of beach, Al Bustan Palace is luxury at its finest. One step into the opulent lobby sets the tone for the stay, featuring the biggest crystal chandelier in the world.


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Sample the culinary delights of Oman.
Sample the culinary delights of Oman.


What to Eat

Our advisors recommend trying the following local delights:

Shuwa: Considered Oman's national dish, this marinated lamb cooked slowly in an underground sand oven, results in tender, flavourful meat.

Majboos: Also known as Kabsa, this fragrant rice dish is often served with chicken, lamb, or fish, and is spiced with saffron, cloves, and black lime.

Mashuai: A popular dish featuring spit-roasted kingfish served with savoury lemon rice.

Omani Halwa: A sweet and sticky dessert made from sugar, rose water, and ghee, often flavoured with saffron, cardamom, and nuts.


Interested in exploring the hidden gem of Oman? Contact a Travel Associates advisor to start travel planning.