- Oman Family holidays
Family holidays to Oman put you on the doorstep of the United Arab Emirates, which border Oman along with Saudi Arabia and Yemen. This wealthy part of the world is a playground for the rich, but it can be the destination for your next vacation too. You'll be following in a long line of visitors to the area - it has been inhabited for around a hundred millennia, and was colonised by the Portuguese in the 1500s too, creating a European presence in the area that has never fully faded during the generations that have passed by since.
Along the Oman coasts
Oman has two distinct sections of coastline, including a stretch on the Arabian Sea, and one that forms the Gulf of Oman. Its beaches are clean and attractive, and should more than cater for family holidays in Oman's coastal regions. If you are staying in Muscat, you should have a choice of several different nearby beaches, any one of which offers excellent sunbathing and good swimming waters too. The beachfront properties include cafes, bars and restaurants, so when you need a refreshment you know where to go, and equally you can head to one of these for snacks when you or the children are feeling hungry.
Getting into Oman
Entry into Oman is not difficult for British tourists, but it will cost a small amount of money. You don't need a visa before you travel, but you must purchase one on arrival at the airport, and for trips of up to a month this will cost you 20 Omani Rials per person. If your trip is less than ten days long though, you can instead buy a short-term tourist visa for 5 Omani Rials, and extend this to 20 days for an extra 10 Omani Rials. Depending on the expected duration of your cheap family holiday in Oman, buying the right visa could help to make it a little cheaper than it otherwise would have been.
What to wear
Packing for a family holiday in Oman is no small matter, as the region has a hot and dry desert climate. That means very high temperatures in the daytime - potentially over 40°C - with quite a marked drop to a relatively cold night. Take loose cotton clothes to help protect against the daytime heat, but don't forget to pack warm nightwear too.
Why Oman is so great for families
The people of Oman have a real affection for children, which is why they're always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that younger visitors are looked after just as well as their parents. Deserts, beautiful resorts and stunning beaches can all be enjoyed during family holidays in Oman, which offers a great variety of outdoor activities and family-focused attractions. This, coupled with Oman locals' laid-back approach to life, ensures that even the weariest of families find it easy to unwind in this magical country.