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Quick Facts

About the region

Situated on the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west, Yemen to the southwest and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest.

Oman's coastline is 1,700 kilometres long, and meets the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is host to beautiful beaches and a fascinating culture and heritage that dates back thousands of years.

Visas

Valid passports and visas are required upon entry, except for nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia). Visas can be obtained from any Omani embassy or consulate abroad.

Visitors from most European and North American countries, as well as some other countries, can obtain a visa upon arrival at Muscat International Airport or through the online visa application website at a cost OMR 20 for any length of stay. GCC residents can obtain a 10 day visa upon arrival for OMR 5.


www.rop.gov.om/visa/english/onlineservices_visaapplication_main.aspx 


Currency

OMR

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

OMR 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
9.51 United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
2.19 Euro (EUR)
1.96 British Pound (GBP)
2.59 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

9% government tax and 8% service charge


Tipping

Tipping is not expected in Oman. However, a gratuity is a welcome gesture for exceptional service


Business Hours

Bank Hours  

8am – 4pm, Sunday through Thursday

Opening hours vary depending on bank and branch.

ATMs are available 24 hours and will accept most international bank cards.

Office Hours  

Most offices are closed on Friday to observe jumu'ah, the Islamic Friday prayer.

8am – 2pm, Saturday to Thursday (Government)

8am – 5pm, Saturday to Thursday (Business)

Businesses usually close from 1pm – 2.30pm for lunch

Shopping Hours  

9am – 1pm and 4pm – 8pm / 9pm, Saturday through Thursday

10am – 8pm or 9pm, Friday (most malls are open on Fridays from 10am)


Public Health

No health certificates are required for visitors to Oman, except for people who have recently been in an area with an outbreak of yellow fever.


Dress

As in all Middle Eastern countries, respect for the local customs and sensibilities is recommended. Short, revealing or tight clothing should not be worn in public places.

Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but something slightly warmer may be needed in the evening in the winter months. In winter and summer, be sure to take some sort of jacket or sweater when visiting shopping malls, cinemas or hotels, as the air conditioning can be quite cold.


Weather

During summer (June to September), the area receives very little rainfall. The daily maximum temperatures can easily reach 40°C or more. Winter is cooler with occasional rainfall. Spring and autumn are warm, mostly dry and pleasant, with maximum temperatures between 25°C and 35°C and cooler night temperatures between 15 and 22°C

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Month High Low
Jan 25ºC 17ºC
Feb 26ºC 18ºC
Mar 29ºC 20ºC
Apr 34ºC 24ºC
May 39ºC 29ºC
Jun 42ºC 35ºC
Jul 42ºC 35ºC
Aug 36ºC 28ºC
Sep 35ºC 27ºC
Oct 34ºC 24ºC
Nov 30ºC 21ºC
Dec 27ºC 18ºC
Facts

Population
3 million

Language
Arabic; English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT +4 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 / 240 volts

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Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800