Often referred to as 'the jewel of Arabia', Oman is certainly not a holiday spot to be overlooked. From the high mountain peaks of the Hajar mountain range to the low-lying Wadi Valleys bursting with life, it is a country rich in natural beauty and heritage.
Often overshadowed by its big, brash cousin Dubai, Oman's capital Muscat is more traditional and humble, preferring low, traditional-styled buildings instead of skyscrapers. Though it is more modest than its neighbours, it certainly oozes Arabian charm and style at every turn. Throughout the city you are constantly dazzled by modern twists on traditional Arabian architecture. Opulently decorated mosques dotted throughout the city give you a real feel of how proud this Islamic country is of its faith.
Life in Oman can be very slow-paced and easy going, with the emphasis on quality family time rather than rushing and stress. The local Omani people are warm and welcoming and make it obvious why Oman is world-famous for its hospitality. Before you know it, you will be ushered into someone's home and served with coffee and dates. As you explain how you wound up in Oman there is a chorus of oohs and aahs as the whole family hangs onto your every word. This is part of the fun and experience of Oman – just relax and go with the flow.