October - March: As October progresses the stifling heat of the summer months begins to fade and temperatures from mid-October until mid-March around Muscat are comparatively pleasant (°C in the late 20s rather than late 30s). The best time therefore to visit the north of Oman, including Muscat, the Al Hajar Mountains, Wahiba Sands and the Musandam peninsula, is between the months of October and March.
If you are travelling with kids, this therefore means that the October half term and Christmas school holidays are ideal times to visit and, depending on when it falls, the Easter holidays can also be fine. However, if you wish to visit Oman during these school holidays, you should look to book early as the best family hotels can get fully booked well in advance. Our Family Adventure in Oman itinerary slots in perfectly to a Christmas or Easter holiday.
The most well-known festival in Northern Oman’s calendar is the Muscat Festival, which takes place in January to February each year. Hotels are busy during the festival, but those who do visit at this time are rewarded with a wide range of events which embrace many different aspects of Omani culture, including art, heritage, fashion, food and music. Ramadan can also be a very interesting time to visit Oman, if you are prepared for inconveniences surrounding food and drink.
Evenings and nights from October to March can often be chilly, especially if you are in the mountains.
April - September: The summer months around Muscat and northern Oman are scorchingly hot, with temperatures regularly reaching 40°C and above. Visiting this part of Oman is usually best avoided during the summer months, although visitors who can bear the heat are often rewarded if they visit Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve from June and August, as this is the best time to see turtle s laying their eggs on the beach. For most people wishing to travel to Oman during the summer, we would recommend visiting Salalah and the south, where temperatures are more bearable because of the Khareef (see below).