Oman has been on my travel bucket list for several years now. It’s somewhere I never imagined wanting to go, and then I met a girl while backpacking through Jordan, that told me Oman was the best place she’d ever visited. She immediately peaked my interest. Anytime someone knows what their favorite place is with that much confidence… I have to go!
Shortly after that I started researching Oman, how to get there, what to see, but my adventures pulled me away from the Middle East for some time. A year later, I would find myself sitting in a car, waiting for my hot air balloon to show me a stunning sunrise over Luxor when a lovely girl on Instagram sent me a message. She wanted to know if I was around and wanted to go to Oman with her next month.
And so the planning began. I started to learn that it wasn’t going to be very easy to get to Oman, I was going to have to take a few flights, even though I was simply traveling from Israel. I knew however, that it would be worth it.
Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. It occupies a very strategically important position in the Arab Peninsula, which has made it a conflict of interest for many major powers of the ancient world. In the 16th century the Portugeus seized Muscat and controlled the city until 1650. Oman has since taken control of the Persain Sea and built up their own, very strong economy.
While researching our trip, I was beginning to learn some fascinating facts about Oman and its history. I learned that since 1970, education in Oman has drastically increased and more than half of the students in Primary school in Oman are girls. I also learned that education is not required, but it is free for everyone. I was also interested to learn that healthcare is also free in Oman.
Qaboos bin Said al Said the Sultan of Oman during my trip, who recently passed away, was the longest reigning leader in the Arab world, having taken the throne from his father in 1970. It’s thanks to Qaboos bin Said al Said that Oman has the freedom of religion, free education and healthcare.
🍷 Drinking in Oman
👮 Safety in Oman
✈️ Getting to Oman
🚌 Getting around in Oman
🚗 Driving in Oman
📆 When should you visit
💰 Cost of travel
The Ultimate Oman Itinerary
Oman has a lot to offer and things are a lot further away from each other than you might at first think. This being said, how long should you plan to spend in Oman? I highly recommend that you spend a minimum of 7 days in Oman but, 10 days would actually give you a lot more freedom and time to explore this unique country.
Start by flying into Muscat and plan to spend the first two days exploring Muscat. I was immediately surprised by Muscat. It was a much bigger and more modern city than I expected. When you land at the airport, you will start by getting your visa. You can pay for it with cash or credit card (I used a credit card). They will give you a visa based on the exact number of days that you are staying, so make sure you have a plan or at least an exit ticket.
After you get your visa you head through the customs and they put it in for you. Then you can grab a sim card so you can navigate. We each got 10gbs and head over to get your rental car. If you’re not renting a car then you can also easily get a taxi from the airport. A taxi from the airport into Muscat will cost you about 10 Rial (26 USD).
Things to do in Muscat
There’s plenty of things to do in Muscat, you are going to make sure you give yourself plenty of time. We honestly didn’t spend enough time in Muscat, I wish we would have had one more day. When in Muscat, we stayed at the Chedi and lost a day exploring because we couldn’t get enough of their 103-meter long pool.