Oman Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Oman

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

Travel Information

Major Cities: Muscat

Attractions: Muscat, Batinah, Nizwa

Accommodation: None

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.

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