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About Oman beaches

One of the Middle East’s least explored countries, Oman, is a richly textured holiday destination that suits holidaymakers looking for a beach holiday with a difference.

Beach:

With its 1,700km coastline (1,056 miles) Oman offers a wealth of clean and attractive beaches. Some of the most popular holiday beaches include Qurum, Bandar Jissah and As-Sawadi. Even on hotel beaches holidaymakers should be aware of local sensibilities to avoid causing any offence, i.e. no topless bathing or very revealing swimwear. A variety of watersports are also available.

Beyond the beach:

The capital city of Muscat is a captivating place to visit on a day trip. Unlike some of the other ultra modern cities in the region Muscat is alive with history and holidaymakers can enjoy a city that builds a bridge between various worlds. The city also boasts numerous parks and impressive mosques, as well as great value shopping.

Family fun:

Wadi Shab is one of the most attractive water pools in the country and ideal for families. Supervised children can frolic in the natural pools cooling off on a hot day in this desert oasis. ‘Dune Bashing’ trips are also great fun with a number of companies taking holidaymakers out on 4X4 wheel drive trips that hurl up and down the voluminous dunes. The country’s beaches are also very popular with families.

Exploring further:

Just across the border is the United Arab Emirate of Dubai. This popular destination has developed in recent years beyond all recognition. The deserts have many of the same charms as Oman’s with wadi and dune bashing trips, while the actual city offers boat cruises, first class duty-free shopping, atmospheric souks and the wide sweep of Jumeirah Beach. Dubai’s restaurants also span the world in terms of choice with all major global cuisines on offer in venues that range from casual street stalls through to classy restaurants run by Michelin star winning chefs.

Splashing out:

Head to the escape of the Al Bustan Palace (www.ichotelsgroup.com). This luxury hotel near the capital boasts an impressive range of eating and drinking venues, including one eatery that sits out on the beach. The hotel can also arrange a variety of watersports for holidaymakers who are not staying at the hotel.