When to visit - Oman

Best times to visit Oman

Best times to visit Oman

The winter months between November and March are the best time to visit Oman with daytime temperatures averaging in between 25°C and 30°C. This is hot to us North Europeans but not by Middle Eastern standards and these are certainly pleasant temperatures for exploring Muscat, Wahiba Sands and the Al Hajar Mountains as well as Salalah and the Empty Quarter and the Musandam Peninsula. Evenings and nights during these winter months are cooler and if you’re up in the mountains or out in the desert, you might find you even need to wear a jumper or a light coat.        

Good times to visit Oman

Good times to visit Oman

As April progresses, temperatures in Oman start to rise significantly but are still not as intense as later in the summer so it is still fine to visit during April, although the earlier in the month you can do so the better. Easter holidays to Oman are popular and hotels and flights do tend to get booked up quite early, so do keep this in mind when planning your trip. October is the month where the high temperatures of the summer subside and as the month develops, conditions become perfect for adventures out into the desert. Being an easy seven-hour flight from the UK, Oman is a great destination to explore as a family during the October half-term.

Summer in Oman

Summer in Oman

Oman has very little rainfall at any time of year, but, as is the case everywhere in the Middle East, the summer months between May and September are blisteringly hot with temperatures often nudging up beyond 40°C. Visiting Muscat and Wahiba Sands is best avoided during these months. Although heading up to the Al Hajar Mountains will allow you cooler temperatures at night, you’ll still find it tough going if you wish to do hiking during the day, although it is possible. If you wish to travel during the summer months’ we recommend turning your attention to the south of Oman around Salalah where temperatures are more bearable due to the south-eastern monsoon, known as the Khareef, which can run from June until early-September.  

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Muscat & Surrounds Weather Information (Muscat)

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Salalah & the Empty Quarter Weather Information (Salalah & surrounds)

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