The Middle East is slowly but surely becoming one of the world’s major travel markets. According to research by the travel commerce firm Travelport, the travel market in the Middle East is set to grow even more in the future, as travel bookings into the region earn a major share of the market. As of 2015, the travel market in the region amounts to $72 billion.
As travel bookings become even more popular, the sector is projected to hit a total of $35 billion by 2017. Dubai is already renowned all over the world as a premier tourist spot in the Middle East, owing largely to the architectural marvel that is the Burj Khalifa, the 7-star hotel that is the Burj Al Arab, and the retail offerings of the Dubai Mall. However, besides Dubai, there are other locations in the Middle East that merit a consideration, if you are thinking of visiting the region. One of those locations is Oman.
While not as progressive as Dubai in terms of infrastructure, Oman offers its own brand of tourism and entertainment. From its luxuriously relaxing hotels to the breath-taking natural wonders of its mountains, Oman is a country that is ripe for exploration. Question is: When should you schedule your trip to get the most out of your visit?
The Answer: When You Won’t Turn into a Sundried Plum
Like most countries in the Middle East, Oman has to weather through some of the hottest summers in the world. From March to October, the entire country is blanketed by an extremely hot and humid weather. During the period between May and July, temperatures can hit 40 degrees Celsius. If you want to enjoy your time in Oman, and make the most of your money at the same time, you might want to avoid visiting during those months. An exception would be the Khareef, or the local monsoon. During this time, locals habitually head towards the southern province of Dhofar to enjoy the reprieve of the rain and mist brought about by the monsoon. This would make for the perfect time for nature lovers to visit, as plant life often grows lush and green this time of the year.
However, it is important to note that hotel and accommodation prices often hike up throughout this period. Another great time to visit Oman would be in the winter months, spanning from October to March. Temperature during the winter days rarely go above 30 degrees Celsius, making it pleasant to walk about and explore. Winter nights are often even colder, with a slight breeze often accompanying the sometimes-chilly atmosphere.