The Legendary Hospitality of Oman

Welcome to a country that has spent 100,000 years honoring its guests.

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Oman is on the edge of the Middle East and borders the Indian Ocean. It is a country known for its incredible landscapes, fascinating history and vibrant culture.

First time explorers should seek out some useful Oman tips to make their vacation as memorable as possible. One thing to definitely look forward to is Oman’s legendary hospitality, including the enchanting greeting rituals.

Visitors can always expect a warm welcome to Oman, whether checking into your hotel, dining in a restaurant, or visiting a local home. The Omanis are proud of their country and all that it has to offer, which means they are more than happy to hug new people and honor them with old-time hospitality!

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There are many ways to experience famous Omani hospitality during your visit.

Drink Qahwa

If you are a coffee drinker, Oman will pamper you! The local equivalent is known as Qahwa (which means coffee in Arabic) and it’s a delicious drink that is usually flavored with aromatic ingredients such as cloves and cardamom.

While you can indulge in a cup in traditional coffee houses across Oman, Qahwa is often served as a welcome drink as well. Not only do you get rich coffee from a local, but you can also be greeted with a variety of homemade treats such as halwa (a sweet, jelly-like dessert).

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Dates are grown throughout Oman – in fact, many households traditionally have a date palm in their garden! The sweet and sticky fruits are popular gifts for visitors and are often given to friends and family at celebrations.

You can try these delicious treats in an Omani home, or even walk away with a bag to enjoy later! Dates are also sold in markets across the country, alongside bags of fragrant spices and bottles of aromatic oils like frankincense and myrrh.

Visit a local’s home

There is no denying that Omanis love to take people into their homes! They often live in large, sprawling communities where family, friends, and neighbors stop by regularly and have a cup of qahwa.

You will be well looked after when you accept a person’s offer to visit their home. It is as much an honor to have you in their home as it is for you to be fully immersed in their culture and customs. Hospitality is important across all generations and in cities and rural areas. When visiting a Bedouin village in Oman, you will likely be invited to the Sabla (a shared meeting room) and be warmly welcomed by every member of the community.

Witness a family celebration

As in many Middle Eastern countries, weddings, birthdays and other events in Oman are always a reason to celebrate. Most people will invite large groups into their homes to enjoy local delicacies together.

Often times during religious holidays like Eid and Ramadan, locals present food packages to their neighbors and friends, while weddings are community affairs that usually involve the entire community, not just the immediate wedding celebration.

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The best time to visit Oman

Like the sound of being greeted with Omani coffee or enjoying a delicious feast with a friendly local? Plan your vacation now! The best time to visit Oman is usually between October and April, when the weather is still warm but temperatures are moderate.

When to visit Oman during this period largely depends on what you are up to. January is a pleasant month to explore Muscat as the humidity is the lowest, while February is Oman’s largest cultural festival: the Muscat Festival.

South coast destinations like Salalah often have heavy monsoons and are best avoided between June and September. Would you like to enjoy breathtaking views of the desert and visit an authentic Bedouin camp? The cooler March and April are the best times to visit Oman’s fascinating Wahiba Sands.

Always wanted to start an adventure in the Arabian Peninsula? Contact our experts for more Oman travel advice and help designing the perfect itinerary for your next trip.

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