Ibri is part of the Dhahira region in Oman and is also one of the sites of the country’s earliest human habitation. Today, Ibri has a population of over 100,000 and is also the regional capital. Ibri has long been a strategic crossroad between Oman and the other Gulf states as it lies in almost equal distance to Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (between 220 and 330 km). As well as between Nizwa in the Omani interior and Sohar on the Omani Gulf coast (both less than two hours drive from Ibri). Given its strategic location, Ibri has a long history as a trade route for caravans, hence its name which means “point of transit.”

Due to its proximity to the world’s largest sand desert, appropriately named the “Empty Quarter,” Ibri has a desert climate with low humidity. During the winter months from November through March, Ibri enjoys relatively cool weather with temperatures ranging between 18 and 30 degree Celsius (low 60s to mid-80s, Fahrenheit), which at times can even drop to a relatively ‘chilly’ 10 degrees. There might be some rainfall in February and March, however, during the season when the dates are harvested, from May to September, temperatures can reach 30 to 50 degrees with very little rainfall, thus almost everywhere you go you will find air conditioning.

Ibri boasts many historical sites, most prominent among them is the 400-year old Ibri fort and its famous gates are known as “Sabahat,” located right beside the well-preserved old suq of Ibri. Inside the fort, there is an old mosque which is still in use today. Amongst the most prominent archaeological sites in and near Ibri is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat with its pre historic beehive tombs.

Ibri’s souq is one of the largest and most prominent souqs both for the Dhahira region and historically for Oman; it once served as an important hub for the trading caravans of the past. Today it is still lively and animated throughout the week with local produce, ready-made goods and livestock being bought and sold daily; while also surrounded by some beautiful, traditional Arabic-Islamic architecture.

Please note that Oman is a conservative society where the consumption of alcohol, smoking in public, dating, immodest dress and behavior, and excessive contact between the genders are not socially acceptable. Thus, we recommend and advise that students respect Oman’s cultural norms to have a successful study at Noor Majan.

Program Dates and Prices

**A contact hour at Noor Majan is 50 min

Note 1: Periods of stay can be booked flexibly for a minimum of 2 weeks or longer. We also offer semester courses, academic year programs, intensive summer courses, and J-term courses at special conditions, please contact us for details and prices.
Note 2: Tuition fees start at 150 OMR/week (approx. 390 $), accompanying services such as accommodation and excursions need to be booked as a package.
Note 3: The institute will close on official public holidays. As these are only announced by the government shortly before the specific holiday we can only give approximate dates here. Classes on these days will be cancelled and replaced by additional cultural activities on a regular working day.
Note 4: Please contact us directly for inquiries about private tuition, dialect instruction, customized programs and group discounts.

calendar 2019
Code Start date End date Notes
Southern Hemisphere semester 24.11.2019 27.02.2020 18th Nov – National day
holidays (two days)
“22nd – 26th Dec” end of year break
“26th Jan – 30th Jan” winter break
calendar 2020
Code Start date End date Notes
Winter course 29.12.2019 23.01.2020
Spring semester 26.01.2020 30.04.2020 Al Isra wa Almiraj
holiday (one day)
Pre-summer course 03.05.2020 21.05.2020
Summer course I 31.05.2020 23.07.2020
Summer course II 09.08.2020 03.09.2020 Al Hijra holiday
(one day)
Fall semester 06.09.2020 10.12.2020 Al Mawlid holiday
(one day)
Southern Hemisphere semester 29.11.2020 04.03.2021 18th Nov – National day
holidays (two days)
calendar 2021
Code Start date End date Notes
Winter course 27.12.2020 21.01.2021
Spring semester 24.01.2021 29.04.2021 Al Isra wa Almiraj
holiday (one day)
Pre-summer course 02.05.2021 03.06.2021
Summer course I 06.06.2021 15.07.2021
Summer course II 25.07.2021 02.09.2021 Al Hijra holiday
(one day)
Fall semester 05.09.2021 09.12.2021 Al Mawlid holiday
(one day)
Southern Hemisphere semester 28.11.2021 03.03.2022 18th Nov – National day
holidays (two days)