While it’s perfectly possible, and indeed highly recommended, to visit the desert for a few hours from your city or beach base it’s far better to leave the bright lights behind and stay a night or two.
Forget the gold you can buy in the souks, the real sparkle is amongst the undulating dunes of the desert. It’s magical to rise early and watch as the sun’s first rays hit this golden land. It’s equally a sight to savour when it dips over the horizon and the night sky impresses with thousands of twinkling stars.
Aside from simply absorbing the unique environment, there’s no need to be completely idle. Go on a thrilling four-wheel drive dune bashing ride, enjoy camel safaris, perhaps hop on a quad bike or even give sand boarding a go.
GMT +4 hours
Muscat is approx 7 hours from the UK. Zighy Bay is 2 hours drive from Dubai. Salalah is about 1¾ hours flight from Muscat.
With virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine, Oman is perfect year round. Summers can be blisteringly hot, with temperatures often in the 40sºC however, this does bring lower prices and therefore it’s great value during our school summer holidays. Winter months see pleasant Mediterranean like temperatures, making Oman a fantastic place to escape the cooler temperatures of the UK.
During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Please ask for more details at time of booking.
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