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Jordan or Oman?

Cirencester, United...
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Jordan or Oman?


we are planning a 1 week trip to the Middle East and were looking to visit either Oman or Jordan. Culturally they both offer what we are looking for - ancient sites, interesting places and beautiful scenery. We would look at combining our week stay with excursions to some of the above activities but also spend some time relaxing in a GOOD hotel.

Looking at the comments on TA, I get the impression that although beautiful, Jordan seems to be lacking in good hotels, customer service and quality and whilst a little less developed and less options, Oman seems to have more of this.

Am I judging this unfairly? If you had the option or have been to either, which would you recommend?


Amman, Jordan
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Amman, Jordan
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Jordan has many things to offer. you can spend your time at wonderful hotels based on your choice and budget but I'm sure it is cheaper than Oman as a trip.

The culture of it is people and heritage that the places offer will grab you.

Petra is one of the seven wonders in the world that will take your attention with it is main sights ; Siq, the treasury, theatre, royal tombs, colonnaded street, Temples, and museum.

Wadi Rum with it is exciting Jeep tours and moments to spend at it is sands and attractions especially at the sunset time.

Dead Sea is another wonder and the lowest point on earth. It is a medical place with it is water full of beneficial minerals and salt if you have skin problems for examples.

Aqaba is the fascinating gulf where you can do swimming and diving lets say! It is city center is very interesting and you can spend a full day by wandering and shopping.

Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve is another world where you can do hiking and enjoy it is natural spots and water through the rocks.

Jerash, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Kerak ...etc.

Talking about Jordan will be endless.

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I read the 2 answers you got on the Oman forum and they are very true, the 2 countries are very different. If you are interested in culture, lively markets, old Roman cities, crusader castles, unique places such as Petra and the Dead Sea, good snorkeling / diving, an absolutely breathtaking desert like Wadi Rum, stunning nature reserves such as Dana, Wadi Mujib, Ajloun and so on then come to Jordan.

If you want service of the absolute highest standard at a hotel then you should probably go to Oman. But if you stay at 5* hotels like Marriott, Moevenpick or Kempinski in Jordan I don't see a problem at all. Even some of the smaller places are pretty good, and the staff usually makes up for the lesser quality with typical Jordanian hospitality and the "urge" to make you happy.

Wherever you decide to go, enjoy your stay !


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Jordan offers a far broader variety of historical sites than Oman. Oman is first of all tranquility and beauty of the landscape and the people (saying so without intending to belittle my Jordanian friends!). I love both, but I suggest Jordan if this is your first visit to the Middle East. IMO a visit to Jordan will give you more differentiated picture of the region.

Amman, Jordan
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I would like to add my vote for Jordan as a first time visitor to the Middle East


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Jordan has far more to offer in spectacular sites - Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum etc. It is more a holiday for seeing & doing than luxurious relaxing. There are some good quality luxurious hotels, particularly the Kempinski and they probably be cheaper than the top end in Muscat. There are no luxurious places in either Wadi Rum or the Dana Reserve, whatever the websites say.

Oman is much more of a beach holiday. There are some interesting places to see - main mosque, souk and fish marke in Muscat for example, and you can probably cover these in half a day. Nizwa the old capital in the hills is an interesting day out - either rent a car or book a driver from your hotel. Over night trips in the desset by 4x4 are interesting, but the accommodation is basic. Consider when you are travelling - Oman can get so hot that walking around villages and forts is quite uncomfortable.

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So many videos and articles have been posted about both countries, choose what do you exactly want to see, are you interested about art history,culture, biblical stories, amazing sights, hiking, or you prefer a beach holiday?

as ms london said.

check out the travelers reviews about what can be seen in both countries, if you want a real taste of the middle east Jordan is your place, if you want to shop and be in a 5 stars hotels and so little to do Oman is your place,

Enjoy your vacation whether you choose our Jordan or Oman!

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I have a friend that teaches English in Oman. She prefers Jordan.

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I have just returned home after nine nights travelling through Jordan. It has a full range from 5* to camping accommodation but the hospitality that we encountered from 99 % of Jordanian's will live with me forever! I hope to return in the near future to this magical country.

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