Not so long ago, Oman was known only as a distant land; a country located somewhere in the Middle East that even the grade-A geography students would have trouble pointing out on an Atlas. In recent years, however, this jewel of a country has grown into an emerging travel destination in Asia. Vastly unexplored and relatively undeveloped, this is a land rich in both natural and manmade attractions; from the gleaming mosques and boisterous souqs of the capital, Muscat, to the ancient fort ruins running along the palm tree-fringed coastlines – not forgetting the country’s barren desert dunes at Wahiba Sands in the east and throughout the Empty Quarter in the south.

Heralded as one of the most beautiful countries in the Middle East, Oman’s untouched scenery paints a picture of stark contrasts. Impressive Wadis (valleys) formed by ancient rivers cut through the mountainous landscape, with the site at Ghul in the north often drawing similarities to the Grand Canyon, just on a smaller scale. Jump on a plane from Muscat to the southern city of Salalah and you could be fooled into thinking you have switched continents, with the dry, rocky landscape of the capital transforming into luscious green countryside that enjoys the monsoon rains and cooler air spilling over from the Indian Ocean.

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When to Go
When to Go

Weather in Oman

The best time to visit Oman is between October and April, when it is significantly less hot.

  • Oman has a diverse landscape of a relatively large scale; thus, the weather and climate varies by region.
  • The most popular time to visit is from October to April, when the weather is warm and sunny and temperatures range from 77°F to 95°F (25°C to 35°C) during the day. It is cooler at night, ranging in temperature from 63°F to 66°F (17°C to 19°C).
  • From May to August, it is hot and humid at the coastal areas, while the interior generally remains hot and dry. Between May and September, the southern Dhofar region has its own microclimate. Known as the “khareef,” the area catches the Indian Ocean’s monsoon season and temperatures can be 18°F to 27°F (10°C to 15°C) lower than the rest of the country.
  • Most rainfall happens during the winter months but varies according to region. Other than in Dhofar, it is rare to see rain between May and November. The coastal areas and the interior plains average 0.8 to 4 inches (20 to 100 mm) of rainfall annually; however, this can rise to around 35 inches (900 mm) in the mountains.
  • It is common to see snowfall on the highest mountain peaks during the winter.

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