Located on the south-east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has borders with the United Arab Emirates, with Saudi Arabia and with Yemen. Much of the central part of the country is a vast desert plain, crossed by Wilfred Thesiger during his explorations of the 'Empty Quarter'. In the north, the impressive Al Hajar range of mountains rise up close to 3000 metres, with the capital city of Muscat occupying a thin strip of coastal land between these rocky peaks and the Gulf of Oman. Far too hot for most of the year, the Al Hajar mountains are perfect for trekking during the period from November to early March. Sheer-sided canyons, shaded oases, rugged trails, hidden gardens and far-reaching views from the top of Jabal Akhdar will provide unforgettable memories of this friendly Arab state. Explore the forts and market streets of the inland town of Nizwa, camp on a pure white-sand beach and watch the sailing dhows as they ply their age old trade routes - this is the Middle East's best kept secret.


Oman is situated in the Middle East, and is bordered by the Saudi Arabi to the west, United Arab Emirates to the North West and Yemen in the South West. The Eastern side of the country is predominately coastline bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Desert covers much of Oman’s landmass, however in the northern region the Al Hajar mountain ranges rise to 3000m. The Capital of Oman is Muscat, which is situated in the North of the country, on a coastal plain, which separates the mountains from the Gulf of Oman. Approximately 50% of Oman’s population live in Muscat and in the surrounding coastal plain.

Time Zone

The time in Oman is GMT +4 hours

Vaccinations (country)

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. In general we recommend vaccinations against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis ‘A’. Malaria prophylaxis is not recommended. As of 09 October 2014, Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers who are arriving from, or have transited through, countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. A very good online resource is the National Health Travellers website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

Additional Sources/Information

Adventure Trekking in Oman. Dale and Hadwin.
Lonely Planet. Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Oman and UAE. Insight Guide.
Oman. Bradt Guide
Maverick Guide to Oman. Peter Ochs.
Travels with a Tangerine. Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Arabian Sands. Wilfred Thesiger

Oman and the United Arab Emirates Map.
ITMB (Travel Reference Map S.)

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com
Rough Guides - www.roughguides.com