Where is it?: Oman is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE.
Why do people go here?: Few tourists visit Oman – it has been closed off and quiet to the rest of the world for years. This hidden country has huge potential and has some of the traditional culture that has changed little over the centuries.
What are the main entry points?: Overland you can get to Oman via Dubai. Otherwise, Oman’s airport services a number of flights from Europe.
Currency used: Rial
Country Code for Phones: 968
Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.
Religion: Ibadhi Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim, Shi’a Muslim, Hindu
Population: 3 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African
Government: Islamic Absolute Monarchy
Languages: Arabic (official), English, Baluchi, Urdu, Indian dialects
Major Cities: Muscat
Attractions: Muscat, Batinah, Nizwa
Tourism Office locations and links: Oman Tourist Office
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Musandam Peninsula
Health Issues: Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers coming from a yellow-fever-infected location in US and Africa.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: November through March are the best times to visit.
Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham
Specific Events/Holidays: Oman is an Islamic country so its holidays vary from season to season. The main holidays, like pretty much everywhere else in the Middle East, is Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr. A few national holidays are observed, including the Sultan’s Birthday on November 19 and National Day on November 18.
Getting Around: Taxis and buses are efficient, cheap and are on developed system
Good to know: Oman is trying to attract tourist. They have relaxed visa regulations and are trying to accommodate anyone possible.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Oman is the Muscat Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Oman travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.