With July officially upon us, the Y team is here to show you that you don’t have to be stuck inside under the A/C from now until October! We’ve rounded up our top things to do in Oman to help you make the most of Summer 2018!
Let’s get the obvious out of the way – summers in the Sultanate are scorchers! The wilayat of Quriyat recently recorded the highest night-time temperature just last month, clocking in at an historic 42.6 degrees Celsius last month. If hibernating indoors is as far as your July/August plans go – let us shake things up a bit to show you how summers in the Sultanate can actually kind of rock! Here’s our ultimate warm-weather roundup of cool retreats and summer activities to escape the heat!
Crazy for Khareef
The annual Khareef season has just kicked-off in Salalah and is the perfect weekend escape from the heat and humidity of Muscat. Considered one of the coolest places in the country during the hot summer months, temperatures here can linger at a steady 27 degrees Celsius, while the rest of the Sultanate swelters. Be sure to check out the lush greenery of Wadi Darbat – which is a haven for mountain-spring lovers. With its verdant blanket of green, natural springs and grotto caves it’s a restorative retreat for the whole family.
Life’s a beach
Tucked within the busy commercial hub of Duqm is a hidden gem. From silky sands, to beaches that stretch miles, it’s a spot that’s gained popularity as a go-to spot for some of the best seafood in the Sultanate, and some of the best fishing spots to go along with it.
Khaluf Beach, 450kms south of Muscat is another sandy stunner – and a beautiful location for campers. Just be sure you make the trek in a 4×4 vehicle to avoid getting stuck in the desert dunes. Or, if you’d rather venture closer to home, then you’ve also got some beautiful beaches right in Muscat in the Qurum, Azaiba, and Seeb areas to explore and spend some quality time soaking up that Vitamin Sea!
Make a splash
Blessed with long stretches of pristine coastline and refreshing wadis, Oman is the ideal place for adventure-seekers and watersports-lovers. And what’s more refreshing than a dip in the pool – or even in those wadis that are safe for swimming. Wadi Bani Khalid in the Sharqiyah region has a massive natural pool and is an ideal spot for a splash as its emerald-coloured waters offer up a refreshing respite from the heat.
Summer of knowledge
School’s out for the summer and as the temperatures soar, there are still more than a few options to get your kids to participate in heaps of activities happening in and around Muscat. Yes, we’re talking about summer camps! And the SOHAR Port and Freezone has an especially cool one for starters, kicking off their annual Summer School Programme offering Grade 11 students career counselling training as they head into their final year of secondary school. With interactive workshops aimed at preparing them for college and university entrance, students can also sign up to take intensive English language training programs such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to boost their proficiency. Running until July 19, for information or to sign up visit www.soharportandfreezone.com.
Climb every mountain
Jabal Akdhar or the ‘Green Mountain’, is situated in a unique location 2,000 metres (6,560 feet) above sea level and is usually about 15 degrees cooler than Muscat in the summer. With its rugged terrain full of natural beauty, hiking trails, and nail-biting off-road excursions, there’s equal adventure to be found for the casual hiker or hard-core thrill-seeker. With mid-summer temperatures in the mountains falling to as low as 20 degrees, head out of the city and beat the heat up where the air is rare.
When you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, head to some of Oman’s top hotels for a weekend getaway or five-star staycation in the lap of luxury. If you are planning to head out of the city and up to Jabal Akhdar, then its Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is offering a 15 per cent discount on your hotel stay, and another 10 per cent on dining and spa treatments. A one-night stay at this stunning resort starts at RO110.