Flights to Oman
The Sultanate of Oman (as it is officially called), is an Arab country, situated on the south eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman has a large coast on the Arabian Sea and a smaller coast on the Gulf of Oman, and shares borders with Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.
Flights to Oman from South Africa are welcomed in the Seeb International Airport (airport code: MCT) in Muscat, the capital city. Travelling to Oman from South Africa requires indirect flights with at least one connection. Airlines such as Etihad, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, and South African Airways offer flights to Oman from South Africa. Flight routes differ according to the airlines but most fly via their home countries.
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The Tourist Attractions in The Oman:
Although Oman may not have many well known tourist attractions, the country has really emerged over the last decade or so into a popular tourist destination due to its great beaches, scenery, and cities.
The Omani people are said to be extremely helpful to tourists, and are proud of their country and the progress it has seen in recent years. A little friendliness in Oman will get you a long way!
Muscat is the capital and largest city in Oman. There’s quite an assortment of things to see and do here. Shopping is popular, and visitors can choose from the more modern shopping malls, or journey into one of the Souqs (traditional Arabian market) for a more traditional look at shopping in Oman. The Souqs are very interesting places where you can buy almost anything.
Oman has many forts dotted around the country, including two here in Muscat – Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani Fort which were built as prisons in 1580 and are now museums.
Other attractions include the third largest mosque in the world, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, and the Bait az-Zubair Museum.
Beaches in Oman
Oman has a long coastline so there are always plenty of beaches to enjoy. You could almost be mistaken for thinking you’d arrived in the Caribbean if you stay at one of the popular beachside resorts which are common around Muscat. The beaches and the sea are good, but there are often many other activities on offer too, such as diving, snorkelling, and all sorts of motorised water toys!
Some beaches are popular for being the site of nesting turtles, including Ras al Hadd, plus dolphins are often seen swimming close to the coast.
In addition to the two impressive forts in Muscat, Oman’s Bahla Fort is well worth a visit. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and when you see the place you can appreciate why! Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, the fort has got into a terrible state, but since 1987 it has been undergoing restoration.
Sports in Oman
Visitors to Oman may like to watch some of the country’s slightly more unusual sports, which include Bull Butting and Camel Racing!
When Should You Visit?:
Oman experiences very hot temperatures especially in the summer, which can last from May to October. Temperatures during this time commonly reach 54C (129F). Rainfall is quite scarce in Oman – in Muscat, January is the wettest month, but in the Dhofar region, in the south, it can be affected by the southwest monsoon from late June to October.