Most of you read this website and listen to the Sultanate podcast because of the information that I provide, but this project isn’t about me. It’s about filling a gap in the travel information for independent travelers to Oman. In other words it’s about YOU! While, I am the conduit for good information from my point of view, I do realize that my view is just that… mine.
In two weeks SalamAir will begin flight operations between Muscat and Salalah as Oman’s first low cost carrier. Government projections show air traffic demand to increase 40% by 2019, making SalamAir’s emergence well timed. However, increased capacity isn’t the only thing benefitting travelers. Increased competition and having a greater choice in airlines both stand out.
There are a ton of caves in Oman of all sizes. Majlis al Jinn is the largest and most unique, but thousands of other caves dot the countryside and make for some interesting surprises if you happen to have a look. This month I share with you a taste from both sides of the cave spectrum.
You probably didn’t know it, but Oman is a fantastic place for rock climbing. There are some challenges with the heat, but the rock is fantastic, and the climbing community is even better. Strap on your climbing shoes we are going to the crag.
When we travel and experience new places and cultures, inevitably we compare what is in front of us to what we know. Some things we easily understand, some we disagree with, other thing we even find funny. Being exposed to different ideas and experiences ultimately makes us better humans.
In a couple weeks, British Airways will launch non-stop service to Muscat from Heathrow. This is great news for travelers for three reasons.
The World Economic Forum recently published their Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015 which is chock-full of data from 141 nations and how they rank against each other for travel. Oliver Smith from The Telegraph wrote an article a few days ago titled: “Mapped: The world’s safest countries – Saudi Arabia and Rwanda beat the UK.” In this article Mr. Smith points out the 62 other nations that beat out the United Kingdom in the Safety and Security section of the report. The Sultanate of Oman with a ranking of nine, is one of them. I’ve been saying it for years, “Oman is the safest country to visit,” here’s why.