Clean breeze comes through green trees,
silence in the desert of peace.
Oman my beloved place and dearest land,
Your people are kind and willing to do what ever they must for your soft golden sand.

Oman is embodiment of fantasies about the mysterious, beautiful Arabia from One Thousand and One Nights. Oman with its breath-taking landscapes and mysterious monuments of history definitely represents a part of this realm.

Oman is a naturally beautiful and geographically diverse country that has stunning beaches, rugged mountains, hot deserts and fertile green regions all wrapped up in a friendly package that has for many decades welcomed visitors from far and wide.  Omanis are proud of their country and welcoming to visitors, making it a top destination for tourists from all around the world.

Muscat

The capital city is Muscat which, in contrast to nearby Gulf cities that are packed with gleaming and impersonal skyscrapers, is instead brimming with historical sites such as the 16th century Portuguese built forts of Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani. In addition visitors can enjoy shopping, restaurants, cocktail bars, sports bars and clubs.

Language & Religion

The official language of Oman is Arabic, but English is widely spoken, and the national religion is Islam. Like the UAE, Oman is tolerant of other religions.

Climate

The climate varies from region to region. In the coastal areas it is hot and humid in summer. In the Interior it is hot and dry, with the exception of some higher locations, where it is temperate all year round. In the southern region, the climate is more benign. The country’s rainfall is generally low and irregular, although heavy local rains are sometimes experienced, with the exception of the southern region, where heavy/light monsoon rains/drizzles regularly occur between June and September.

Geography

The Sultanate of Oman lies at the southeast tip of the Arabian Peninsula, at the so called “horn of Arabia” on the Arabian see and the gulf of Oman, with a total land area of 309,500 km² it is the Size of Kansas or slightly smaller than the size of Germany. It is bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Oman possesses a 1700km long and partially beautiful beach.

Landscape of Oman is diverse and very exciting. It is true that most of the country is brownish-grey desert, but here is found also lush subtropical mountain landscape with beautiful waterfalls and even giant baobabs.

Especially impressive natural attractions – canyons, mountains, springs, and waterfalls are located in north-east (Al Hajar Mountains) and south-west (Dhofar Governorate) of the country.

In the far south, the mountains of Dhofar turn a lush vivid green with the summer monsoon. Here the highest peak of Jebel Samhan reaches 1800m.

Nowadays Oman represents an exciting fusion of local, many thousand years old lifestyle and rapid modernisation. Here are represented several indigenous cultures with ancient languages.

Quick facts about Oman

Official Name: Sultanate of Oman

Head of State: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said (since 1970)

Currency: OMANI RIALS (OMR)

Capital: Muscat

Main Cities: Salalah, Nizwa, Sur, Sohar, Duqm

Population: Total Population is 4,092,000 including 1,789,000 (43.7%) expatriates and 2,303,000 (56.3%) Omanis as per preliminary results of the General Census 2014

Time zone: GMT + 4 hour

Electricity: 220-240 Volts

Credit Cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express… All major credit cards are accepted in main hotels, stores, and most shops but in traditional souks, cash is the most preferred means for transaction.

Weekend

In Oman the weekend is Friday and Saturday. The first working day of the week is Sunday.

Money Exchange

There are several Money exchangers in main cities and they keep similar hours to banks, but often open from around 16:30 to 20:00 as well. They usually offer slightly more competitive rates than the banks, and most charge only a nominal per cash transaction.

Business Hours

The Banks are normally opened daily during the morning 08:00 – 14:00 and closed Friday and Saturday, so plan ahead if you need to have hard currency. Major shops and supermarkets are usually open from 09:00 – 13:00 & 16:00 – 23:00 during weekdays (Sunday – Thursday). And only in the evening during the weekend (Friday and Saturday)

Visa

Citizens of over 60 countries may obtain visit Visas valid for one-month stay on arrival.