Oman is fast becoming one of the more progressive countries in Asia, both politically and culturally. Grab a cheap flight to Oman and stay for a while in one of the world’s year-round tourist destinations.
Bordering the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, Oman is blessed with year-round sun and travel-friendly weather. Most flights to Oman travel through Dubai, but the capital city of Muscat is a haven for the weary traveler. A small town with immense hospitality, Muscat has much to offer. Take a stroll through the souk at Muttrah and practice your negotiation skills with the locals.
So what’s so progressive about a small town with a great street market? As a whole, Oman is forcing itself to higher grounds. In 1997, Omani women were given the right to vote and run for office. In 2002, the same right was extended to all voters above the age of 21. To date, several women have been elected to the council and women serve as government ministers for Tourism, Higher Education and Social Development. Though areas of Oman are still humbled by a previous way of life, the more ambitious strides put forth by the Sultan of Oman keep this country moving forward at a rapid pace.
Oman has a desert climate with a hot, humid coastline and a dry central country. The temperatures vary greatly with the seasons. It’s coldest in the winter, when temperatures hover around 60 F. The summer can be twice as hot, reaching 120 F. To escape the heat, head to the southern Dhofar region, known for cooler conditions.
Most travelers avoid booking flights to Oman between June and October, when monsoons make regular appearances.
Peak Season: Book flights to Oman between October and April to get the most of the pleasant, mild weather.
Off-peak Season: If you travel to Oman during the monsoon months of June and October, you’re likely to get caught in the rain, but it’s also a great time to find deals on accommodations and cheap flights to Oman.
For domestic Oman flights, use Oman Air for connections to Salalah, Sur, Khasab, Diba and Masirah. Otherwise, the Oman National Transport Corporation provides bus and taxi service to Salalah, Nizwa, Sohar and Dubai.
Small vans called “baize buses” run on fixed routes and offer a cheaper alternative to taxis. If you’d rather travel on your own, renting a car is easily accessible. Major rental companies like Hertz, Budget, and Europcar supply vehicles to tourists, and the efficient road system here makes road travel in Oman simple and convenient.
(prices quotes are from London)