Best Time To Visit Oman

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What is the best time to visit Oman?

The best time to visit Oman is from October to March which are the winter months. The country has a warm climate throughout the year, and hence, summers can get sweltering hot at times. Winters, therefore, gives some respite from the scorching heat. October through April is cooler than the summer months of May-September. Rainfall in Oman is scarce and only comes for some time during January and February. Still, the showers are short and heavy. From June to September, the monsoon season called, 'Khareef', shows up with wet winds and humid fog that coats the mountains with luxuriant greenery for the moisture.

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Winter in Oman (December-February)

December - February is an excellent time to visit Oman. Oman weather in January is the coolest of all and the unpredictable Oman rainfall, although short, can feel good too! December is the perfect month to experience the best of stargazing, camel riding, sand boarding and camping. January is a great time to visit the beaches and have some great time swimming and surfing in the freshwaters. The temperature of Oman in January and February stays in an average of 25/ 17 ? (77/ 63 ?) to 26/18 ? (79/ 64 ?). The average precipitation in there two months is 22-27 mm. February is crowded because one of the major events take place in Oman; Muscat Festival. The New Year period remains busy, too, and the hotels and other accommodation costs are higher. People from all over the globe can be seen having a good time in Oman, enjoying the several festivals and appreciating its great food and culture during these peak months.

Key Events in Winter
Muscat Festival – This is the biggest of all festivals in Oman, and it goes on for a month. A wide range of programs and events take place during this time that offers a perfect mix of culture, art heritage. There are also fun events like fashion shows and food festivals during this month-long celebration in Oman.

Spring in Oman (March - April)

Oman in March and April has less heat and humidity from the summer months and hence, is still an excellent time to visit Oman. This is the best time to visit the golden sands of Al Wahiba in the eastern part of Oman and experience the best of desert safari. Another great experience would be to live the life of Bedouins, eat their food, and be a part of their culture in Al Rub’ Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) Desert in Dhofar Governorate in southern Oman. Visiting the Jebel Akhdar Mountain is a great idea to experience the beauty of roses in full bloom in April. Also, for hiking trails and camping, visiting the Green Mountain is a must! The average temperature in March and April is 35/ 24 ? (95/ 75 ?). There are no special events during the spring season in Oman.

Summer in Oman (May-August)

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.

Autumn in Oman (September - November)

September-November are the shoulder months in Oman. September is still quite hot but not as much as that of June, July and August. Accommodation costs and other prices are lower, and this is the peak turtle viewing month in Ras Al Jinz and is also known to be the ‘turtle season in Oman’. The average temperature in September is 36/ 27 ? (97/ 81 ?). Oman in October and November are much more enjoyable than the summer months too. The lowest temperature gets up to 30 degrees Celsius. By November, however, the crowd starts rushing into the country from other places. This is probably one of the busiest months in Oman. The whole country gears up to celebrate the birthday of Sultan Qaboos on the 18th of November every year with much pomp and glory. The average temperature during November is around 30/ 21 ? (86/ 70 ?).

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