A cultural holiday in Oman
Things to do in Oman:
- All the eclectic things to do in Oman fall broadly under the categories of nature, festivals, activities and shopping. If that’s your idea of holiday heaven, Oman is the place to be.
- Nature lovers can look forward to a wonderful time here as they would get the unique opportunity of appreciating the diverse flora and fauna in the various natural reserves, lagoons, botanical gardens and protected areas. Some of the other natural landmarks which are worth a visit are the Strait of Hormuz, Al Hajar Mountains, archaeological caves and natural water springs believed to possess curative and therapeutic powers.
- There are three most important festivals in Oman namely the Cultural Theatre Program, the Muscat festival which is all encompassing and the Salalah Tourism festival which is celebrated in the Dhofar province to mark the advent of autumn.
- There comes a time when you need to get your adrenaline going and this can be achieved in Oman through numerous activities ranging from water sports like scuba diving and boating to land activities like camping, caving and trekking. Watching whales, birds, turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat is also a popular way of spending time while the true thrill can be derived from indulging in camel racing, horse racing and four-wheel driving.
- Oman has its share of souks like its neighbours, the wealthy Emirates, but it has old markets as well where one is likely to come across traditional industries like dagger-making and handicrafts.
It would be impossible to capture the beauty of this country in a few hours or even a few days and the only way to do full justice would be to plan a full fledged vacation lasting over at least a fortnight. Many people return year on year to get away from it all. Accommodation is not a problem as there are innumerable hotels here to suit every kind of budget and while 5-star hotels offer their own luxurious charm, the budget hotels, resorts, hotel apartments and guest houses represent an insight into the rustic local life.