Monday, July 4, 2011

Travel to Oman

‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’, meaning Welcome is what the Sultanate says to every visitor, regardless of their purpose of visit. People travel to Oman for a number of reasons. Some travel to see its amazing beauty and landscapes, others travel for business related reasons, but the common factor is the undeniable magnificence and hospitality that Oman renders to its guests. The promotion of the travel and tourism industry here is undertaken with élan by the government and the response is tremendous not just from the Middle-East but also from across the globe.

There is a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in Oman. With deserts, seascapes, mountains, and wildlife, the country makes for an adventure buff’s favourite destination. Popular tourist activities range from photography and video shooting, water sports, desertsafari, rock climbing, trekking, to camel racing, horse riding, bird watching, camping, bull fighting, game fishing, turtle watching, dolphin watching, and sailing.

The country guarantees a feast for the eyes and satisfaction to the traveller’s soul. Out of the many small and big surprises the Sultanate has in store, an ideal tourist must-see list contains places like Muscat, Sur, Nizwa, Western Hajar Mountains, Sohar, Sumail Gap, Ibra, Wahiba Sands, Nakhi Rustaq Loop, Salalah, Masirah Island, Musandan Peninsula, and Jebel Akhdar.

Travelling to Oman is fairly easy, no matter what part of the world you belong to. If air is your chosen mode of transport, be pleased to know that the country is well connected to all major destinations of the world through airlines such as Oman Air, Emirates, Gulf Air, Air India, Lufthansa, KLM, British Airways, Swiss Air, Qatar Airways, Sri Lankan, etc. Citizens belonging to most countries can get a single entry, one month visa upon arrival into the country by paying a nominal fee.

Once you are in Oman, travelling around the country can be done by either public transport like bus and taxi, or by renting a car with or without a chauffeur. Public transport is great and there are regular bus services to most destinations in and around the country. Taxis are also a convenient option for in-city travel, but the best choice is to rent a sturdy rental car that you can drive around. Road signs here are easy to follow, locals
are helpful and friendly, and car rental companies provide international standard services to make your holiday or business travel a success.

Also remember that no travel to Oman is complete unless you do a little souvenir shopping, and what better place to pick up some ethnic ornaments, exotic perfumes, etc than in one of the many souqs that the country houses.


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