Forget everything you know about the Middle East. Oman is like no other country in the region – it is a gem nestled amid sand dunes, mountains and the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
The country is just a 40-minute flight from Dubai, but the difference between the two destinations is striking. Instead of the skyscrapers that characterise Dubai, Oman’s skyline is made up of low, traditionally built houses and rocky mountain ranges.
Hospitality in Oman comes from the heart. Visitors should be ready to try a selection of local kahwa, meaning ‘coffee’ in Arabic, which are offered as a welcome gesture in homes, hotels and restaurants. Tradition and heritage are important for Oman, so even the most luxurious hotels are carefully designed to blend into the landscape and integrate with Omani hospitality and culture.
With diverse topography and culture, Oman has something for everyone and makes a perfect destination for a group or team-building session
With its stunning and varied landscape, Oman offers vast potential for adventure, from challenging trekking routes to a 400m-deep cave system that you can explore with professional support. The leading adventure operator in Oman, twenty3 extreme, offers adventurous travel experiences.
Locally owned and managed by an international team, twenty3 extreme upholds world-class service and international safety standards. Customers will experience the spirit of Oman on adventures led by a team of qualified Omani and UK instructors.
The team manages extreme activities such as multi-day treks, but also offers a range of MICE activities and team-building programmes, from glamping in the wilderness to cross-country quests.
With diverse topography and culture, Oman has something for everyone and makes a perfect destination for a group or team-building session. You can take part in a kayaking tour one day, and then sleep in a tent 2,000m above sea level and trek across the desert with a Bedouin guide the day after. All adventures are connected by highways, making transport simple.
As well as showcasing Oman’s landscape, twenty3 extreme’s activities introduce travellers to the country’s unique culture. Customers can go fishing, watch a traditional dhow boat being made or trek through local villages, exploring their terraced farms and rose gardens. Multiple ancient forts and local markets make a perfect playground for quests, giving visitors a real taste of Oman.
Those seeking an adrenaline fix will also find they are catered for in Oman. The raw, unspoilt nature is the perfect setting for beginners to explore canyons and caves, while hardcore adventurers can traverse high ropes and climb sheer rock faces.
Explore like a local
Twenty3 extreme knows that the best locations are off the beaten track, in places familiar only to those with an intimate knowledge of the area. Local experts at twenty3 extreme will help visitors navigate the country’s breathtaking topography while managing the logistics, transportation, accommodation, visas and any other special requirements, from helicopter rides to dinners inside caves. Each guest is unique and each itinerary is designed with that customer in mind.
You can spend the day trekking along the edge of Oman’s Grand Canyon, with a 2,000m drop just behind you, or challenge yourself and your teammates to a 200m protected climb up the cliffs of Jebel Shams. In the evening, guests can rewind at one of the luxury hotels trusted by twenty3 extreme.