Located in the the Arabian Peninsula in Western South Asia, Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. The country boasts a rich culture and history, with museums and ancient architecture everywhere, natural beauty, incredible landscapes and is one of the cleanest countries in the world. One of the best places to visit in the Middle East

Why Visit Oman

CULTURE & HISTORY

Oman’s culture is one of the richest cultures in the Arab region. The country has an ancient history that dates back over 100,000 years, with influences from other Arab tribes, Portugal and Britain, still available to tourists through its well preserved museums and historic sites spread along the country. They are very pride of their heritage and do their best to preserve it. 

NATURAL BEAUTY

While Oman isn’t usually the first destination of people when traveling to Asia, the country is home to some beautiful hidden gems that are worth a visit. Its landscape is very diverse, with the vast dunes of the Rub al-Khali and Wahiba deserts, the oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid, untouched beaches and the dramatic mountains of Al Hajar, in between others. It has the highest mountain on the peninsula, the Jebel Akhbar.

CLEAN

Oman is one of the cleanest countries in the world, thanks to severe regulations in place and the collaboration of all its citizens.

PEOPLE

Omanis are extremely friendly, generous and hospitable. Is one of the Middle East’s safest countries despite its volatile location. However, be aware that the country is majority Muslim, and try to respect their traditions and customs. 

FOOD

Omani cuisine is very flavorful, with an interesting blend of Arabian and Indian influences and a lot of spices, thanks to the country’s role as a strategic location on the trade route between Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Although it varies within different regions, most dishes across the country have rice and curry.

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Located in the the Arabian Peninsula in Western South Asia, Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. The country boasts a rich culture and history, with museums and ancient architecture everywhere, natural beauty, incredible landscapes and is one of the cleanest countries in the world. One of the best places to visit in the Middle East

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Why Visit Oman

CULTURE & HISTORY

Oman’s culture is one of the richest cultures in the Arab region. The country has an ancient history that dates back over 100,000 years, with influences from other Arab tribes, Portugal and Britain, still available to tourists through its well preserved museums and historic sites spread along the country. They are very pride of their heritage and do their best to preserve it. 

NATURAL BEAUTY

While Oman isn’t usually the first destination of people when traveling to Asia, the country is home to some beautiful hidden gems that are worth a visit. Its landscape is very diverse, with the vast dunes of the Rub al-Khali and Wahiba deserts, the oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid, untouched beaches and the dramatic mountains of Al Hajar, in between others. It has the highest mountain on the peninsula, the Jebel Akhbar.

CLEAN

Oman is one of the cleanest countries in the world, thanks to severe regulations in place and the collaboration of all its citizens.

PEOPLE

Omanis are extremely friendly, generous and hospitable. Is one of the Middle East’s safest countries despite its volatile location. However, be aware that the country is majority Muslim, and try to respect their traditions and customs. 

FOOD

Omani cuisine is very flavorful, with an interesting blend of Arabian and Indian influences and a lot of spices, thanks to the country’s role as a strategic location on the trade route between Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Although it varies within different regions, most dishes across the country have rice and curry.

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What to expect

LANGUAGE

Arabic is the national language of Oman and probably what you will hear the most. The country adopted English as a second language. However, there are than eight languages spoken across the country, including Mehri, Hobyót, Jabbali, Swahili, Balushi, Lawati, Harsusi, Bathari and Kamzari. 44% of the population would speak english fluently, although it is rare to find english speakers outside the major cities. 

ELECTRICITY

In Oman the standard voltage is 240V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.

CURRENCY

The Omani rial is the official currency in Oman. Other foreign currencies are not accepted, however you are able to exchange them at the airport, banks or exchange houses. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available almost everywhere. 1 USD equals 0.38 rials (as of 2020).

CLIMATE

The climate in Oman is tropical desert almost everywhere. The best time to visit would be between October and March, when is “winter” and temperatures are mild. The warmest month is June, with an average temperature of 104 °F (40.4°C), and the coldest is January, with an average of 77°F (25.5°C).

SAFETY

Oman is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. Since it is a very religious country, a crime of any kind is strictly punishable. Serious crime is rare, but petty crime does exist and it is recommended to take the usual precautions like protect your valuables and avoid camping alone. It is still safe for women solo traveler, but be aware of the dressing code and avoid traveling alone at night. 

How to get around

By plane: There are only 2 domestic routes available in Oman, between Muscat and Khasab and between Muscat and Salalah.

By Car: To rent a car is the easiest way to move around Oman, as the roads are in excellent condition and there is a lack of public transportation. Unfortunately, not everybody follows the rules, there are a lot of aggressive drivers and traffic could be a problem in big cities. 

By Bus: All the major towns in the country are connected by bus. However the network isn’t precisely extensive. They are reasonably fast, comfortable and inexpensive. Local transport is usually provided by taxis and micros. The Micros, best known as baisa buses, are the cheapest transportation method in the country, and usually connect smaller villages.

By taxi: Taxi is the easiest way to getting around within the city. They are unmetered, and price would need to be negotiated in advance. They could also be share. 

By Ferry: There is only one route available by boa in Oman, he high-speed ferry service between Muscat and Khasab, operated by the National Ferries Company


Visa Policy

Citizens of Bahrain , Kuwait , Qatar , Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to visit oman

Holders of passport from the following 71 countries would need to obtain a single or multiple entry eVisa valid for 30 days online: All European Union citizens, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, US, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.

Citizens of all the other countries are required to request for a visa in advance. Oman’s visa policy is tricky and changes constantly, it is recommended to inform yourself a little bit further when planning your trip.

 


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