From beaches to mountains, Oman has something for everyone for a quick Eid getaway

With plenty of budget-friendly flights from Abu Dhabi, Oman’s popular destinations in Muscat and Salalah are hard to resist

Eid al-Fitr is almost upon us, but have you got your long break sorted already?

The UAE has announced a four-day Eid holiday for both public and private sector employees, and Abu Dhabi certainly has plenty of fun and exciting things to offer for the coming long weekend, but if you’re looking to go elsewhere instead, Oman might be the perfect holiday destination for you!

With its charming vibe and warm hospitality, Oman easily makes the travel list of those in search of short getaways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

Plus, with plenty of pocket-friendly travel options from budget airlines out of Abu Dhabi International Airport, it’s almost a crime not to give it a try.

Oman’s breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality make it an easy choice if you’re looking to unwind and recharge during the Eid break – without breaking the bank.

From the bustling capital of Muscat to the idyllic southern city of Salalah, Oman offers the perfect blend of adventure, culture and relaxation.

Here are some of the top things to do in Oman during the Eid break.


Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – Muscat


Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Muscat Oman

This stunning mosque is the largest in Oman (can accommodate up to 20,000 people during prayers) and one of Muscat’s most popular attractions. A thing of beauty inside and out, the iconic mosque standout with its unique design, intricate decors, and awe-inspiring chandeliers. Definitely visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque when you’re in Muscat for a uniquely immersive cultural experience.


Muttrah Corniche and Muttrah Souk – Muscat


Muttrah Corniche and Muttrah Souk - Muscat Oman

A late afternoon stroll is one of the best ways to capture the beauty of this seafront destination. Muttrah Corniche’s stunning waterfront promenade offers breathtaking views of the sea and the city’s iconic skyline, while next to it is Muttrah Souk, a vibrant and bustling marketplace Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of traditional Omani culture.


Royal Opera House Muscat


Royal Opera House Muscat Oman

A must-try for fans of music, theatre, and architecture, the Royal Opera House Muscat is worth a visit for its sheer beauty and grandeur. Located in the heart of Muscat, this stunning venue hosts performances from classical symphonies and ballets to contemporary shows and cultural events. But whether you’re an arts enthusiast or simply looking for a unique experience, the Royal Opera House Muscat will leave you awestruck.

Al Jalali Fort – Muscat


Al Jalali Fort - Muscat Oman

Learn about Oman’s rich history as you soak in the scenic views of the Gulf of Oman at this ancient fort. Located in Old Muscat, Al Jalali Fort was built in the 16th century as a military stronghold, but now it features a museum with a fascinating collection of traditional Omani weapons, armour, and artefacts.


Qurum Beach – Muscat


Qurum Beach - Muscat Oman

There’s no point visiting this beautiful port city without stopping by its famous beach. Qurum Beach is a regular haunt among watersport lovers and those looking for a good swim. But what really sets it apart is its proximity to plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options at the nearby Qurum Corniche.


Al Mouj Marina – Muscat


Al Mouj Marina - Muscat Oman

While Muscat is famed for iconic cultural and historical landmarks, it is also home to modern luxuries such as the Al Mouj Marina, where you can indulge in sumptuous meals at the waterfront restaurants, shop at luxury boutiques or simply enjoy the gentle sea breeze.


Al Mughsail Beach – Salalah


Al Mughsail Beach - Salalah Oman

With its turquoise waters, rocky cliffs and dramatic landscape, Al Mughsail Beach is your perfect adventure getaway. A highlight of your visit is the blowholes, where water spouts high up into the air through natural rock formations. There’s plenty more to do, including a visit to the nearby Marneef Cave where you can enjoy a picnic with family and friends.


Wadi Darbat – Salalah


Wadi Darbat - Salalah Oman

Known for its lush greenery, enchanting waterfalls, and freshwater lakes, Wadi Darbat has many beautiful Instagrammable spots, as well as plenty more activities to enjoy. Surrounded by steep cliffs and mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop to the stunning natural scenery, Wadi Darbat is popular for camping as well as hiking, trekking, and even off-road driving.


Al Baleed Archaeological Park


Al Baleed Archaeological Park Oman

Transport yourself to the ancient city of Zafar at Al Baleed Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Salalah. Home to the ruins of the ancient city, which was an important centre for the frankincense trade, you can find several well-preserved architectural marvels at the park, including the impressive ancient city walls, offering a glimpse into the engineering and architectural prowess of the ancient civilisation that inhabited the region.


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