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The time window between the end of the year and the beginning of the next one is often claimed as the busiest, buzziest, and perhaps most expensive time to travel. However, Omani travellers can still enjoy a quick flight to these nearby top destinations, hassle-free.
Here, Wego provides a list of the top 5 last-minute destinations to visit during the holiday– and the best part? No visa hassles! Your impromptu adventure awaits!
*Prices are accurate at the time of writing, for a one-way trip from December 2023 to January 2024
The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum certainly cannot be missed when you travel to Cairo. A quick trip to this side of the Nile toward the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024 allows you to add a sense of poignancy to your visit. You’ll get to marvel at these historical sites that have stood there for thousands and hundreds of years and ponder how they will continue to grace Cairo for years to come.
Bonus: Cairo this time of the year, will also be brimming with festivities, as the city is adorned with colourful lights and decorations.
Omani visitors can enjoy the splendour of old and new Egypt with a visa-free stay for up to 3 months. Moreover, the plethora of direct flights connecting Muscat and Cairo makes the journey delightful and convenient.
Flight details: Direct 4-hour flights from Muscat, served by Oman Air and EgyptAir. Prices start from OMR 58.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
The vibrancy of Kuwait is usually in full swing toward the end of the year. Year-end sales, offers, and shopping events abound, tempting shopaholics and casual window shoppers alike. If shopping centres are not your thing, the city is a delight to explore with its masterful blend of the modern and the traditional: drop by museums that showcase Kuwait’s historical journey, make a visit to its Grand Mosque, or spend half a day at Souq Al Mubarakiya for a glimpse of Kuwaiti gems and delights.
As Kuwait is a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), travellers from Oman can easily visit Kuwait without a visa. With a multitude of flight options connecting Muscat and Kuwait, your travel promises to be smooth and hassle-free.
Flight details: Direct 2-hour flights from Muscat, served by Oman Air, SalamAir, and Kuwait Airways. Prices start from OMR 31.
Some people prefer the powdery white vista of a winter destination for December and January travel, but some are forever drawn to a pleasant summer. If you’re more of the latter and you are a beach lover to boot, surely there is no better way to spend your year-end holiday in Maldives. The word “Maldives” practically conjures up “luxury resorts”, “lazy days down at the beach”, and “top-notch sun and sand destination”; for those in the know, it needs little introduction.
For Omani travellers, reaching Male, Maldives, has been made easier with a visa-on-arrival facility, allowing a stay for up to 30 days. Nationals of Oman just need to have a hotel reservation confirmation, return ticket, proof of financial ability, and Traveller Declaration that can be filled out online. You can apply to extend their stay for an additional 60 days.
Flight details: Direct 4-hour flights from Muscat, served by Oman Air. Prices start from OMR 107.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
From the electrifying night view of the city’s skyline to the alluring glimpse into history down at its Old Town (Al Balad), Jeddah is ripe for its continuous rise as one of the hottest travel destinations in the region. The Saudi government’s ambitious Vision 2030 means the entire country is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation—the seaside city of Jeddah, always popular, sees even more events hosted, and entertainment hotspots inaugurated this year and the next. Wouldn’t you want to be among the first to experience it?
For travellers from Muscat, exploring Jeddah is visa-free, making it a seamless affair. And to add a touch of magic, the multitude of direct flights linking Muscat to Jeddah ensures your journey is not just a convenience but a delightful adventure waiting to unfold!
Flight details: Direct 3-hour flights with SalamAir, Qatar Airways, and Oman Air. Prices start from OMR 63.
Dhaka is home to a wealth of historical landmarks that reflect the city’s rich past. The Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manzil, and Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament House) are among the architectural gems that showcase various periods of Bangladesh’s history.
Want more out of this intriguing city? Feast on its delightful cuisine—from street food stalls to upscale restaurants, local delicacies tell stories of Dhaka’s proprietary blend of cultures and heritages.
For Oman citizens, venturing into Bangladesh is a breeze with the ease of a visa-on-arrival, granting stays of up to 30 days. Experience the convenience of numerous direct flights from Muscat to Dhaka, ensuring a smooth journey.
Flight details: Direct 4-hour flights, served by Oman Air, SalamAir and US-Bangla Airlines. Prices start from OMR 49.