You can explore the beauty of Oman before or after your meetings and experience this jewel of a country.
You can see a vibrant country rich in history and with stunning nature views.Oman boasts highly experienced tour operators and skilled destination management companies that can guide you to the best in Oman’s attractions. These tour experts can accommodate both large and small groups and show you the natural beauty of Oman.
Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is committed to safeguarding cultural, natural and traditional values and to ensuring that all forms of tourism are conducted in a sustainable way. Visit www.omantourism.gov.om for the latest information.
Some of the favorite destinations in the ancient city of Muscat include visits to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House Muscat, world-class golf courses, museums, pristine beaches, restaurants, resorts, spas and the traditional Mutrah Souq market.
The Sultanate of Oman hosts five UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites that attract scientists, heritage specialists, students and world leaders to meet and explore the importance of these unique sites on an international level. These five distinguished sites are Bahla Fort, Bat Al Khutm, the Land of Frankincense, the Five Falajs and the Ancient city of Qalhat.
The Muscat Hills and Golf and Country Club, the Ghala Valley Golf Club, and the Al Mouj Golf Club, designed by professional Australian golfer Greg Norman, are all open for business, with more expected to launch in the near future.
Our precinct itself is situated next to a significant natural wildlife area. Oman witnesses huge swarms of migratory birds from each of Oman’s different regions.
Horses symbolise integrity and pride and Oman is famous for raising and breeding horses. Horse racing is a favourite pastime of the Omanis.
The diverse environment of Oman offers many options for camping. Enjoy camping on mountain tops, in the Arabian desert, on a beautiful island, or on a secluded beach. There are camps created for tourists in different areas. Visitors are allowed to pitch their own tents in many places.
Omani mountains are a challenge for any mountaineer with their towering heights, rocky and steep slopes and rugged tracks. In Oman, there are several climbing areas and their diversity corresponds to the climber’s skill with paved paths for beginners and the very rugged for the experienced climber.
Oman abounds with caves of different sizes, topography and ruggedness. Some caves can be accessed by amateurs while others will need more significant training, experience and specialised equipment.
Oman is one of the most popular diving destinations in the region. It has an exceptional diversity of marine life and a number of marine cliffs, small islands, bays, caves and coral reefs. The best months for diving in Oman are from April to July, but diving can be enjoyed at all times.
Enjoy this thrilling authentic Arab sport. Races take place regularly where camels reach speeds of up to 64 kilometres per hour on speciality built tracks.
Within the OCEC precinct, there is a purpose-built, world class shopping mall for all visitors to enjoy. Oman has old markets full of handicrafts including silver, gold, textiles and masterpieces produced by traditional industries such as dagger-making. These are best visited in the mornings.
Oman is a coastal nation therefore a number of cruise options are available. Many tour operators also organise a variety of activities such as dolphin watching or sailing.
The hiking and trekking season runs from September to May, but the best time for hiking is between October and April. Although the terrain can be tough, hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy Oman’s wonderful mountainous nature. Different excursions of varying degrees of difficulty are available, from wandering around Muttrah to walking over the grooved edges of Al Shams Mountain - the country’s highest mountain.
Deserts differ in their nature and quality of sand. They can vary from the soft, to coarse, and to dense. Experience the Badiya Challenge Race where participants climb sand dunes from a low area to the top in the shortest possible time. Other desert activities include sand surfing, dune bashing, and sleeping under a star studded night sky.
Thousands of sea turtles migrate annually from the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and Somalia to lay their eggs on Oman’s shores. Oman has five of the seven species of sea turtles. Watching freshly hatched baby turtles make their way to the sea for the first time is among the most popular tourist activities.
Dolphins visit the shores of Oman in large numbers. A variety of dolphin species gracefully frolic and swim in the blue waters of Oman.
The biggest and most substantial population of the Arabian Sea Humpback Whales inhabit Omani waters. Whale species that visit Oman include Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales, and Killer Whales. For further information, visit the Oman Ministry of Tourism website www.omantourism.gov.om
These sports vary according to the nature of the terrain. Valleys can offer easier terrain while others require superb driving and manoeuvring skills.
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