Oman, a country in the Arabian Peninsula, has witnessed a significant increase in the number of Indian weddings that took place across various star-category properties located across the country this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, officials said. The country offers a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, stunning natural landscapes, warm hospitality, and luxury that matches the Indian taste.
Oman is closer and has better airline connectivity to India than other preferred destinations by Indian couples. It is also the ideal location for visitors coming from Europe and other parts of the world to attend Indian weddings, said Arjun Chadha, Country Manager India, Buzz Travel Tourism.
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman conducted a four-city roadshow in India this year, starting with Delhi and concluding in Mumbai after similar shows in Jaipur and Kolkata. Chadha said the roadshow got an overwhelming response from the Indian travel trade.
Oman’s diverse wedding venues
Oman boasts of a variety of wedding venues that cater to different preferences and budgets. Some of the most popular locations are:
- Alila Jabal Akhdar: This resort is nestled in one of the region’s highest mountains, offering an awe-inspiring romantic backdrop in terms of nature. The resort caters to two main sets of clientele: European guests who visit during winter to enjoy the fantastic weather and outdoor activities, and Indian guests who visit during summer to escape the heat and humidity.
- Alila Hinu Bay: This beach property is a 45-minute drive from Salalah airport and offers its guests a true ‘Arabian Nights’ experience in the old coastal town of Mirbat. The property carries a heavy influence of Omani architecture paired with its minimalist aesthetics that perfectly blend with the local climate and culture.
- Muscat’s oldest Muttrah fort: This fort dates back to the 16th century and is a historical landmark that can host intimate weddings with a touch of heritage and culture.
- Daymaniyat Islands: These islands are a marine reserve that boasts of colourful coral reefs and diverse marine life. They are ideal for adventurous couples who want to snorkel or dive with their guests and celebrate their wedding in a unique way.
Oman’s rich cultural heritage
Oman is not only a beautiful destination for weddings, but also a cultural treasure trove that offers many attractions for tourists. One of the most prominent aspects of Oman’s culture is frankincense, an aromatic resin that is mostly used in incense and perfume. Frankincense is an integral part of Oman’s history and trade, as it was one of the most valuable commodities in ancient times.
The Museum of the Land of Frankincense at Al Baleed in Salalah borders the ruins of Al Baleed Archaeological Park. Visitors can discover how trade with frankincense and maritime strength ensured that the region flourished in the 12th century.
Another cultural attraction is the Sharqiya Sands, also known as Wahiba Sands, where visitors can experience the Bedouin lifestyle and camp under the stars. The sands are home to various flora and fauna, such as camels, oryxes, and desert roses.
Oman is a country that offers something for everyone, whether it is nature, culture, adventure, or luxury. It is no wonder that more and more Indian couples are choosing Oman as their wedding destination amid the pandemic.