16 Oct 2008

Looking for a weekend away that offers everything? Why not pop next door?

Whether you fly or drive from Dubai, Oman is so near and yet so completely far away from the hectic rush of our city, which is why the Sultanate is now one of the most holiday popular destinations for those of us who are looking to getaway for a little culture and tradition at the weekend…

The Top Five Things To Do

1 Head to Muscat
From the 13th-century forts to the bustling fishing port and souqs – Muscat is packed with culture and tradition.

2 Get Wet
With the region’s most amazing diving, it doesn’t matter whether you’re just a snorkeller or a full-blown diving instructor.

3 Wildlife Watching
See the turtles laying their eggs on the Ras Al Hadd beaches, or take a boat trips out to catch schools of dolphins.

4 Go Off-Roading
Highlights include Wadi Bani Khalid, the 52-domed mosque of Jami Hamouda and, for the thrill-seekers, Jebel Shams – the highest mountain in Oman which boasts amazing views.

5 Search for Frankinsence
There are tours along the old frankincense trails, and you’ll find plenty of it in Salalah’s jumbled old Frankincense Souk.