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When should I travel to Oman?

As with many countries in the Middle East, the weather in Oman during the summer tends to be oppressive and hot, making it difficult for those who aren't used to the excessively high temperatures to enjoy their time here. Therefore, the best time to book a holiday in Oman is during the winter months (unless you plan to stay in Dhofar) - typically from November to mid-March, when the climate is much cooler.

That's not to say it isn't still warm though - daytime temperatures during these months average around 25 degrees Celsius. It's worth noting that the amount of rainfall in the winter varies from region to region, so if this is something you're concerned about; ask our knowledgeable team of travel advisors to find out what the weather is like in the specific places you'll be visiting.

It's also worth pointing out that during the spring and summer (from March until August) dust-laden winds can blow in and cause sandstorms. These are known locally as Shamal and the winds can be particularly strong.

Dhofar and its microclimate

Dhofar is a region in the south of Oman and it has its own microclimate, which means its weather can vary quite significantly from the rest of the country. For instance, during the summer when the rest of Oman typically gets no rain, Dhofar can receive over 600 mm in what's known as the Khareef season.

This falls between June and October and it occurs because the area is affected by the monsoons that hit the Indian Ocean. This also means temperatures here are generally between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius cooler than elsewhere in the nation, making it a more pleasant place to be in the searing heat of the summer.

The coastal town of Salalah is found here and during Khareef season the foothills of the mountains are a stunning green as the rain helps vegetation flourish. It's a popular place for locals to come to escape the summer.

What to wear in Oman

As Oman's temperatures rarely drop below the mid-20s, it's advisable to pack predominantly lightweight clothing, with some thicker outer layers for any cool evenings. Equally, if you are planning to spend time in the desert or mountains, pack some warm coats, as here temperatures can slide quite significantly once the sun goes down.

Remember that Oman is a Muslim country and that it is best to dress conservatively - avoid wearing any shorts or skirts that come above the knee and make sure your shoulders and upper body are always covered (this goes for men as well as women).

At the private hotel beaches in Oman it is acceptable to wear bikinis and swimming trunks, but on the public beaches it is best to be respectful to the locals and cover up with lightweight long-sleeved tops and a sarong or pair of shorts.

Religious holidays in Oman

As Oman is a Muslim country, the majority of its public holidays are centred around Islam. Many of the main festivals are moveable and are dictated by the moon's cycle, so celebrations like Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha will change each year, as will the holy month of Ramadan.

While arranging a holiday in Oman to coincide with one of the religious celebrations can be an amazing opportunity to engage with Middle Eastern culture, bear in mind that many shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions will change their opening hours or close altogether at these times.

It is also worth pointing out that opening hours are likely to vary from the norm during Ramadan, with many businesses - especially restaurants and cafes - closing during the day but staying open well into the night after sunset. Even places that are open during the day will normally close at breakfast time for one or two hours.

Make sure you factor this into your holiday planning if you are intending to travel to Oman during Ramadan. If you're not sure whether your break will coincide with this period, check with our travel advisors before you book your trip.

Meterological information

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Rain (cm) 211330101100

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