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Oman for families

Oman is an interesting country to visit where you can teach your children about a very different culture. The nation is predominantly Muslim, so you can expect to see lots of mosques while you are travelling around. It was also a stop-off on the trade routes from the east to the west and has therefore been influenced by various civilisations over the course of the centuries.

In addition to the cultural and historical attractions in its cities, Oman boasts a range of natural sights that you shouldn't miss - there are wildlife reserves, where you can see the likes of turtles and whales on the coast, as well as vast areas of desert and incredible valleys that will take your breath away.

A holiday in Oman is wonderful for active families, particularly if you have slightly older children who can take advantage of some of the more adventurous pursuits on offer.

Discover Oman's wildlife

Inquisitive youngsters will love having the opportunity to see some of Oman's weird and wonderful wildlife up close. Children will enjoy paying a visit to one of the turtle nesting grounds where you can see adult turtles laying their eggs after dark, and watch as the babies emerge from the nest and make their way to the sea for the first time.

The Ad Daymaniyat Islands are a good place to visit for catching sight of the turtles, as green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles all nest here, while on Masirah Island you'll also find Olive Ridley turtles coming ashore to breed.

Another animal-related attraction that kids are bound to love is camel racing, with competitions regularly taking place in Oman. The A'Sharqiyah Sands is a good place to come if you want to watch a camel race, as well as to discover Oman's desert. This region often hosts races, while you can also go on a four-wheel-drive tour over the dunes.

To see picture-perfect sand dunes, head to Ramlat Tawq, which is easy to reach from the capital city of Muscat. The dunes stretch for tens of kilometres and are the quintessential desert landscape. Staring out over the vast expanse of empty sand isn't something you or the kids are likely to forget in a hurry.

Sightseeing with the family

The best way to arrange a holiday in Oman is to plan to spend some time exploring its cities - like Muscat and Nizwa - before heading to the Dhofar region, which boasts some of the country's most spectacular coastline.

There is a lot to see and do in Oman's cities, with its forts likely to be the monuments that attract the greatest attention from your little ones. There are many such landmarks dotted throughout the country - in Muscat you should visit Al Jalali Fort. Sadly, you can't go inside but you and the kids can have lots of fun imagining it in its heyday, when cannons protruded from its ramparts and the only entrance or exit was via a small staircase and a narrow bridge.

Nizwa's fort, meanwhile, is one of the oldest in the country and is close to the city's souks, so you can combine a trip here with some browsing in the colourful markets. What's really exciting about Nizwa Fort is that it's linked to the nearby castle - your children can have lots of fun imagining how people got from one to the other in days gone by.

Family-friendly hotels

There are various hotels in Oman that cater very well for families, with facilities like kids' clubs, play areas and children-only pools for your little ones to enjoy. Many of these hotels will also offer a range of family-friendly excursions to nearby attractions, so speak to one of us about what's available before you travel.

Parents can look forward to enjoying some downtime with each other while the little ones are entertained at the kids' club, ensuring that everyone has a memorable, fun and relaxing getaway. There are several luxury hotels in Oman that offer these kinds of services, as well as more affordable options, so you can choose something that suits your budget.

In Muscat, the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Al Husn is a great resort for families looking for a bit of high-end comfort and pampering. It has fabulous facilities for small children, such as a lazy river and a Splashpad, as well as a dedicated Kids Club and Adventure Zone, while the adults can enjoy some downtime on the manmade beach or at the selection of dining venues. This amazing hotel even features mini golf, a game room, an adults-only area and camel and pony rides for the little ones. On the other hand, the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel, offers better value for money while also delivering top notch facilities for families, such as supervised programmes for kids, children's swimming pool and more.

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Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Al Waha

Enjoy an all-in-one holiday in the capital of Oman as you expand your horizons to accommodate new sights and sounds and...

From £589 per person
grand hyatt muscat

Grand Hyatt Muscat

Experience the best of Arabian culture with a four-day retreat to Oman's largest city, Muscat. Besides offering you an...

From £649 per person
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Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel

Set against a dramatic mountain backdrop and rising above 200 acres of private beach and lush green gardens, the...

From £779 per person
shangri-la barr al jissah al bandar

Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Al Bandar

Embrace the natural beauty and unique Arabic culture of Oman as you spend a week in this Middle Eastern country's...

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intercontinental muscat hotel

Intercontinental Muscat Hotel

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Avani Bentota + Millennium Resort Mussanah

Avani Bentota is set in eight acres of lush frangipanis and coconut palms by the golden sands of Bentota. This hotel...

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