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Oman

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Oman is the home of authentic Arabian hospitality, holding a proud culture and heritage for Muslim explorers to discover. Oman’s variety of experiences begins in the capital Muscat where you’ll find the beautiful Sultan Qaboos mosque. Heading inland, there is so much more to explore from the natural Wadis to the Omani heritage at Nizwa Fort. Follow the southern coastal road and you can discover Ras al Jinz, a stretch of sandy beaches that welcome Leatherback Turtles throughout the year. With a host of world-class resorts, halal friendly amenities are widely available in Oman, so make sure you discover all that Oman has to offer.
 
 
Compared to its neighbours, Muscat is a contemporary yet relaxed city. You won’t find skyscrapers dominating the skyline, but you will find warm local welcomes wherever you go. Head to the local Mutrah Souk on the corniche and wander through the labyrinth of walkways or have afternoon tea at the Al Bustan Palace. Whether you’re in Muscat for a week or stopping over, there is so much to see and explore.

 

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  • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
  • Capital: Muscat
  • Currency: Oman Riyal
  • Flying Time from the UK: 8 hours direct
  • Visa: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) required
  • Our Highlight: Cooling off in the natural Wadis

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Highlights

Leaving Muscat and heading west into the arid deserts of Oman, you’ll quickly realise how expansive this country is. Head to Jebel Akhdar for stunning views and marvel at the canyons form the beautiful Anantara Jebel Akhdar resort. If you prefer a more nomadic experience, then stop by one of the desert camps for an unforgettable experience under the stars. The central region is also home to the Nizwa Fort, Wadi Arbayeen and the Omani Grand Canyon. Temperatures in the summer can be very hot, so these regions are best visited in the cooler months of October to March.
 
 
Heading south, Salalah’s lush green landscape offers a completely different perspective. A short flight from Muscat or Dubai, you’ll find Salalah to be a contrast to the capital with a pleasant mix of rural life along the coast. The peninsular of Zighy Bay is also a part of Oman and is best accessed from Dubai. A 90 minute drive across three Emirates and you’ll be on the Omani border. Here at Zighy Bay, you’ll find the secluded Six Senses resort, designed in traditional Omani style. Private pool villas, incredible halal friendly spa facilities and of course, excellent halal dining options make the Six Senses Zighy Bay perfect for couples and families. 
 
 

 

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Muslim Friendly Amenities

Oman is a Muslim majority country, so finding halal food and amenities is quite easy. All the hotels serve halal food, and some hotels such as the City Seasons Muscat has a no-alcohol policy. In the city of Muscat, there are plenty of mosques including the iconic Sultan Qaboos Mosque which is definitely worth visiting.

You can fly to Oman on several airlines including Oman Air, Emirates and Etihad which all serve halal meals onboard as standard. Other carriers such as British Airways and Lufthansa are also available with Muslim meals available on request at least 36 hours in advance.
 

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