Still deciding where to go on a holiday trip to the Middle East? Let us give you a clue where to go best.
It has stunning desert landscapes, turquoise waters, and ancient architecture. Well, the obvious answer there is Oman!
If you're planning a trip to Oman, be sure to check out our guide to the 13 must-visit places in Oman for inspiration and ideas on where to go.
But you might be thinking, "When is the best time to visit there?"
The answer depends on what you want to see and do. Oman has a desert climate with two distinct seasons: a hot, humid summer and a mild, dry winter.
To help you out, here's a breakdown of each season and what you can expect:
If you don't mind the heat and humidity, Oman's summer season can be a great time to visit. Temperatures can soar up to 50°C (122°F) during the day. To address this, many hotels and attractions have air conditioning to help you stay cool. The upside to visiting in the summer is that the crowds are much thinner, so you'll have more of Oman's beautiful landscapes to yourself.
One popular summer activity in Oman is turtle watching. Between May and September, endangered green turtles come to Oman's shores to lay their eggs. You can join a guided tour to watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Another summer activity is exploring Oman's stunning wadis, the local term for dry riverbeds, and canyons. While it may be too hot for a long hike, you can still take a dip in the cool, clear pools of water.
Just remember to not overestimate your tolerance to the heat. It's NEVER a good idea to get heat stroke while taking a vacation.
Now, if you prefer milder temperatures, Oman's winter season is the best time to visit. During this time, temperatures typically range from 20-30°C (68-86°F) during the day and drop to around 15°C (59°F) at night. The weather is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and camping.
One of the highlights of Oman's winter season is the Muscat Festival. This month-long celebration takes place in January and February. Think Mardi Gras but in the cold of the desert. It features traditional dance performances, cultural exhibitions, and delicious food.
If summer was the time to watch turtles, winter is when people take over. It's the perfect time to visit Oman's beautiful beaches. With temperatures in the mid-20s°C (77°F), you can soak up the sun and go for a swim in the clear, turquoise waters.
Again, a reminder of your tolerance. The cold here is not to be underestimated either. The temperature drop at night might shock people unaware of the phenomenon. So take care!
The Cycle Continues
So no matter when you visit Oman, there's something magical to see and do. From its stunning desert landscapes to its rich history and culture, Oman is a destination that should be on every traveler's bucket list.
Pack your bags, pick your season, and get ready for an adventure you're sure to remember!