Oman in
January

Oman is one of the most beautiful parts of the world to visit; a spectacular country straight out of the stories from Arabian nights. With vast deserts, brilliant beaches and stunning architecture across its towns and cities, more and more people are flocking to Oman to discover what makes this coastal country in southwest Asia so special.

As well as outstanding scenery wherever you visit, Oman also has a fantastic infrastructure that is ideal for tourists and is an incredibly safe place to visit whether you are on your own or in a group. The weather in January is hot and dry almost all the time, offering ideal conditions for a winter trip away. 

Reasons to visit Oman in January

  • January is one of the cooler months in Oman, which makes it a much better time to visit for those who are not used to incredibly high desert temperatures
  • If you’re after a winter beach holiday, Oman has a breathtaking coast and very dry weather that makes for a perfect January break
  • Whilst the start of the month  can be very busy with tourists on their Christmas holidays, Oman will get less busy towards the end of the month and prices for accommodation will drop a little as well

Weather in Oman in January

Oman’s geographical position gives it a dry desert climate, with hot weather all year round and a small amount of rainfall each month. One of the reasons why January is such a popular time to visit the country is because it’s one of the coolest months of the year, so whilst the sun will be shining, the humidity will be low and temperatures won’t get too high.

Temperature

Oman is known for its sweltering climate, but January sees lower temperatures that most tourists find very bearable. The average high temperature in Oman in January is 25°C, with an average low of 17°C in the evenings and early mornings. 

Sea Temperature

Oman is known for its beautiful beaches, and January provides ideal weather conditions for relaxing beside the sea. The average water temperature in January is 24°C which most people will find very pleasant for swimming in. 

Clouds and Rainfall

Oman’s desert location means that it is generally a very dry country, but some parts do experience a bit of rain in January. There is an average of 5 days that see rain throughout the month however, so your chances of getting wet are very low. 

Sunshine Hours

The sun in Oman tends to rise around 6.50 am and set at 5.30 pm. Within the 11 hours of daylight there are 9 hours of sunshine, so you can enjoy wonderful warm weather for the majority of every day.

Where to go in Oman in January

Muscat

Muscat is the capital city of Oman, and is an unmissable part of the country to visit during your stay in January. Elegant architecture springs up against a backdrop of the rugged Hajar mountains, and the city’s location on the coast means that you can enjoy a mix of beaches, urban attractions, stunning deserts and mountain scenery when you visit.

Muscat is known for its bustling markets, which offer tourists a great chance to pick up unique holiday souvenirs and practice their bartering skills with the locals. Once you’ve explored the range of beautiful buildings in the city or spent some time sunbathing at the beach, you can enjoy incredibly fresh seafood at a variety of spectacular restaurants, followed by a selection of unique sweet treats that are regional specialities. 

Sur

In contrast to the sprawling size of Muscat, Sur is another coastal city that offers a much more traditional experience of Oman. Sur was one of the first trading ports of the country but is now a much quieter location that is steeped in history and is home to a famous, beautifully designed lighthouse and several forts. If you’re looking for an alternative to Oman’s busier cities, Sur is a brilliant place to stay on your trip.

Sur’s most popular attraction is the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, where you can go to see a huge protected colony of sea turtles along the beach. January is not the best month for spotting these sea creatures, but it’s still well worth a visit. If you fancy exploring the area a bit more, about 30 minutes drive from the city is the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid; a beautiful desert valley with numerous swimming spots.

Things to do in Oman in January

Explore the Oman Desert

Oman’s desert is vast and incredibly beautiful, and the cooler temperatures in January provide a much more pleasant climate in which to explore the sand dunes. You can hire a suitable vehicle to traverse the landscape in style, or choose from a variety of accommodation options for the fantastic experience of sleeping out in the desert.

Visit Breathtaking Buildings

The architecture in Oman is something you’ll never forget about the country, and whilst beautiful design can be found everywhere, there are some highlights that make for spectacular photo opportunities. The Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat is free to enter and an incredible religious building, whilst Nizwa Fort is a stunning, ancient castle that offers incredible views both of the fort complex and the surrounding area. 

Swim in a Sinkhole 

There are plenty of brilliant beach opportunities for those visiting Oman, but for an even more unique experience then consider a visit to the Bimmah Sinkhole near to the famous Wadi Shab. Legend has it that this natural swimming pool was formed by a crashed meteor, and there’s certainly something magical about the bright blue water and surrounding rocky landscape.

Crowds & costs

The period around New Year can get busy in Oman, and many hotels will increase their prices at this time which can make visiting at the start of January quite expensive. The cooler temperatures that the country experiences in January mean that it does fall within the high season for tourism, so you can expect most places to be busier than in the months between June and September.

Because January falls in the high season for tourism, prices for flights and accommodation won’t be at their lowest if you visit in this month. It’s a good idea to try and book your holiday in advance, as this will hopefully save you some money.

January festivals & events

Fort in Muscat

Environment Day

Celebrated on the 8th of January every year, Environment Day is an event that draws attention to and praises the work done on local and national levels to protect and preserve the natural environment in Oman. The contributions of various different groups are highlighted, and various events are held all over the country which celebrate the conservation work that has been done and introduce new campaigns to further the environmental work that the country is going to do.

Maskat Mosque

Frequently asked questions about Oman in January

Can you drink alcohol in Oman?

Oman is an Islamic country, and therefore has very different rules and laws to other parts of the world about drinking, smoking and drugs. Tourists and visitors to the country can buy and drink alcohol in some licenced venues if they are over 21, but it is against the law to drink or be drunk in public in Oman.  

Do you need a visa to visit Oman?

Unless you are from a small group of countries near to Oman, you will require a visa to enter the country and stay for up to thirty days. Visas can be applied for online, and more information about regulations for entering the country can also be found online.

Summary

There is a huge range of different things to do in Oman that are suitable for travellers with a wide range of tastes, whether you are looking for adventure, history or just want to relax beside the ocean. This part of the world is yet to be overrun by tourism and therefore remains a brilliant alternative holiday destination for those who are looking for something just a bit different, which Oman certainly has on offer. Escape the winter blues and enjoy a January holiday to Oman that will leave you feeling like you’ve escaped to a whole new world.

Want to find out more about the top destinations in Asia and Oceania to visit in January? Read our guides to Australia and Rajasthan, or take a look at our rundown of Where to Go in January.

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