May-August is the low season in Oman and May is the interim month between the cooler temperatures of winters and spring in the country. Oman in May is hot but with less humidity in the air. It is also the start of the delicious summer fruits in Oman, and if you are there during May, you can expect a variety of fresh produces. Oman in June-August is excessively hot, humid and uncomfortable for travellers in Oman. The average temperature during this time is 40/ 30 ? (104/ 86 ?). Also, this is the Khareef (monsoon) season which makes the southern part cooler, although humid. Salalah area gets busy with the locals who usually escapes to that part to avoid the sweltering heat. Hotels and accommodation costs are fairly cheap, and even airfares are budget-friendly during the summer months for Oman.
Key Events in Summer
· Salalah Festival – This is also known as the Khareef Festival in Oman, and it starts in June and ends by mid-September. The three months of the festival celebrates the monsoon in Oman with cultural events, shopping promotions, sports, etc.
· Ramadan – The exact dates of Ramadan depends upon the astronomical sightings of the moon. However, the dates fall in July and August. This is the Islamic holy month in Oman when the locals fast throughout the day and hence, most of the eateries are closed. People, however, celebrate the last day of Ramadan, called Eid Al Fitr, when they enjoy Iftar with near ones and lets loose in festivities.
· Renaissance Day – On 23rd July, the locals celebrate this day to celebrate the reign of Sultan Qaboos in 1970 and the start of Oman Renaissance.