The Sultanate of Oman is a fascinating country full of wild landscapes and authentic hospitality. Discovering it on motorcycle will be an unforgettable experience.
Golden sand dunes ending in the sea, colorful and aromatic souks, historic sites declared Unesco World Heritage, high cliffs overlooking the ocean. A land famous for trading and mentioned in Marco Polo’s “Milione”, Oman is a friendly and generally safe country, open and modern but deeply traditional and conservative at the same time, with many things to offer like landscapes and nature and activities.
Starting from the vibrant capital Mascate, with rich museums, ancient houses inside big walls, the harbour where the fishmen gather on the typical dhow and the Royal Opera House of the entire Arabian Peninsula. It will be an emotional experience discovering the little towns on the mountains, the Bedouin villages, “the Way Of Incense” where the strongholds look like sand castles, and you could sleep in a campsite under the stars in the desert. And you can also enjoy the rock pools of the wadi, the wonderful shores and dive into pure water. There are nature reserves where it’s possible to admire dolphins and turtles, you won’t forget the dates’ fields and the scent of rose petals in the air.
This journey is waiting for you in a friendly land in the middle of Africa and Asia.
The Sultanate of Oman is a country in Southwest Asia, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west, and Yemen in the southwest. Rubʿ al-Khali, (Arabic: “Empty Quarter”), is a vast desert region in the southern Arabian Peninsula, constituting the largest portion of the Arabian Desert. Two mountain ranges separate Oman from the other countries: one at north towards Mascate, at the border of United Arab Emirates, and the other at south, around the city of Salalah, close to Yemen.
On motorbike: Oman is like a playground for the motorbikers with asphalt roads, sand dunes, shores and more. There are many different landscapes from sea to mountains: you can find your best type of tour choosing between Fly&Ride or short adventures in the desert; you can stay in a camp or at a luxury hotel; travel alone or with friends and family and you will meet joyful people happy to satisfy your wishes.
Desert: the sand desert (Rub al-Khali), the Sabkha (the salt lake of Um Al-Samin) and the hamadas, the stony desert Jiddat el Harassis and the dunes (Wahiba Sands) in Sharqiyah, where there are the Bedouin villages and the biggest stony region of the world.
Nature: Hunting is forbidden and this saved many animal species like the Green turtles in Ras Al Jinz, a Turtle Visitor Center. Remember that the nesting period lasts from July to October.
When to go: The best time to visit Oman is from October to late April, when temperatures range from 25 to 30 °C. Summer could be very hot, with highs around 37/38 °C on average, and the humidity of the sea that makes the heat oppressive so it’s not the perfect period for children or older people or if you wanna live the desert experience. The distances are huge so we suggest you to plan a long journey to see all the regions. To visit only the area of the capital Mascate, a week will be enough and you will have time to discover also the coast, the Al Hajar Mountains and the Wahiba Sands. To cross all the country you will need around 20 days or you can take a flight from Dhofar to the Musandam: in this case 12 days will be enough.
Climate: With the exception of Dhofar region, which has a strong monsoon climate and receives warm winds from the Indian Ocean, the climate of Oman is extremely hot and dry most of the year. Summer begins in mid-April and lasts until October. The highest temperatures are registered in the interior. Winter temperatures are mild and pleasant, ranging between 18 and 26 °C. During the Summer months (April to September), the climate remains moderate in the Al Hajar Mountain range and Dhofar region, a rarity on the Arabian Peninsula where Summer temperatures frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Dhofar is especially worth a visit during Khareef, the monsoon season from June to September, when daily rains and a magical mist transform the landscape into a lush green.
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