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