Oman

Oman is a beacon of stability in the region and has enjoyed decades of improving prosperity. Education, healthcare and infrastructure are generally excellent. The capital, Muscat, is often visited on stopovers. It has several fine forts (among the 500 in Oman) and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the largest in the world. The Empty Quarter is the vast desert along the undefined border with Saudi Arabia.

The Wahiba Sands, closer to the coast, are a vast sea of dunes which are easily explored on tours. There are excellent opportunities for off-road driving throughout the country. Summer temperatures can be extremely hot.

Country

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Why you should go:

It's not as mainstream as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't like the desert.

Map of Oman