When to Go

Peak Season: September to March

Oman's temperate winters are an ideal time to visit. Temperatures hover between 24ºC and 27ºC (75ºF and 80ºF), and mornings and evenings are pleasantly cool. The annual Muscat Festival is held in February, which drives up the hotel prices in the capital. In August and the beginning of September, the khareef monsoon season brings cool weather and rains that turn the mountains surrounding the southern city of Salalah a lush green. This is high season for the area, drawing crowds from around the region.

Off Season: April to August

Though typically warm and mild, the heat begins to rise drastically in May, and can be intense by June and July. August is quite warm in most of the country, except in Salalah in the south, where the Indian monsoon brings in cool air and light rains in August and September during a period known as khareef. This is a very popular time to visit Salalah, so book early and be prepared for crowds. The Holy Month of Ramadan is not a good time to visit Oman as everything is closed during the day, and you will not be able to eat or drink outside of your hotel between sunrise and sunset. The dates for Ramadan are based on the Islamic calendar and vary from year to year, so check online for the upcoming date ranges before planning your trip.

Shoulder Season: The weather in September, March, April, and the very beginning of May is generally pleasant, with only a few extremely hot days, and there won't be as many tourists as in December and January, so hotel prices tend to drop slightly.

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