Oman, located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, is a former maritime empire that is the oldest continuously independent state in the Arab world. It’s a scenic and prosperous country, with an attractive coastline, beautiful beaches, rugged interior mountains, and numerous wadis forming desert oases. Our guide to running in Oman is mainly focused on the Muscat area, which contains half the country’s 5 million people.
The best places to run in Oman are on waterfront paths and beaches. In Muscsat, there are four distinct sections, which comprise some 25 km of non-contiguous promenades along the Gulf of Oman. The beaches are also runnable. Mutrah, the former center of commerce in Oman, is another favorite running spot, with historic sites, parks, and Corniche waterfront path. The upscale Qurum area has a lovely park, beachfront path, and decent streets for running in the resisdential and Ministries area. In the Seeb area, Al Mouj has beautiful boulevards and landscaped walkways, a scenic marina, and a waterside linear park. Adventurous runners and trail runners will find glory in Oman’s interior mountains, desert, and wadi canyons and paths.
Runners should take into account Oman’s hot desert climate and rugged interior landscape.