Top 10 Travel Destinations of 2017: In Focus #8 Oman

Experience Arabia but without the glare of excessive wealth.

Why you should visit Oman in 2017

Oman offers visitors a rare chance of experiencing Arabia but without the glare of excessive wealth. Oman’s towns still retain their traditional charm and high values still reside at the heart of Omani welcome. The Nakhal fort makes for excellent views and a perfect place to enjoy tranquillity. The entire structure is built on a rock and is filled with spiked doors and secret traps. A destination in its own right, the beautiful sand dunes of Sharqiya Sands can keep visitors occupied for days. A one-of-a-kind futuristic theme park for families, Majarat Oman, is set to debut this year too. This and much more have put Oman at #8 in the Top 10 Travel Destinations of 2017.

Summers are very hot and humid, with temperatures during the day reaching 38°C (100°F) and night time lows of 29°C (85°F). Springs and autumns are still warm-to-hot, with night time temperatures in the 21°C (70°F) and daytime temperatures anywhere from 29-35°C (85-95°F). Winters are pleasant, with nights around 16°C (60°F), low humidity, and days around 24°C (75°F).

Places of interest
Muscat – the historic capital and largest city.
Bahla – oasis town which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nizwa – contains one of the best-known forts in Oman.
Sohar – one of the legendary homes of Sindbad.
Hajar Mountains – a majestic range, the highest in the Arabian Peninsula, which stretches into the United Arab Emirates.
Madha – tiny exclave of Oman completely surrounded by the United Arab Emirates.
Masirah Island – a real desert island experience awaits on this haven for turtles and other wildlife.
Musandam Peninsula – a rocky exclave on the Straits of Hormuz with some magnificent wadis.
Wahiba Sands – massive rolling dunes as far as the eye can see.

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