A passport that is valid for at least six months and a visa are required by most..Travel Health
Recommended vaccinations for travel to Oman are Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid...Local Currency
The currency for Oman is the Omani rial (OMR) which is made up of one thousand Baisa...Weather
Oman’s climate is primarily dry and hot with scorching temperatures reaching 54 degrees..Local Customs
Omani’s are generally down to earth, very humble people and quite relaxed. Even though..Languages
In Oman Arabic is the national language however most Omani’s will speak excellent..Transport Options
The main international airport in Oman is the Muscat (MCT) Seeb International and the..Travel Tips
Certain activities that may not seem obvious are strictly policed in Oman, collecting..Local Food
The food in Oman is mainly Arabic, Turkish, Lebanese and Indian. Omani food tends to be..Local Timezones
Oman’s Standard Time is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+4). Oman does not..Dutyfree Limits
The following items may be imported without incurring customs duty: Note that these..
Omani’s are generally down to earth, very humble people and quite relaxed. Even though they seem to be less uptight than their neighbours you should always respect the customs and culture of a Muslim country. Always dress conservatively with shoulders and knees covered and avoid low cut necklines. Swimsuits should only be worn in the pool or at the beach and it is recommended to wear a loose covering between one’s room and the beach. Staring is quite common in Oman and is not meant as an insult, it rather shows an interest and a friendly smile in return will be appreciated. Homosexuality is illegal due to Islamic law. Tipping is not expected in Oman however a gratuity (5%) is a welcome gesture for exceptional service. A service charge is usually added to bills already.
Islam is the official religion in Oman, although other religions are tolerated. Over 80% of the population is Muslim and most of the these are of a minority sect known as Ibadis. Most of the remainder are either Sunni or Shia. Indian Hindus account for 13 percent of the population and there some are also small numbers of non-Omani Christians. Never criticise the Sultan of Oman or the Islamic religion as it will cause great offence.
Omani’s appreciate your showing respect for their time so always be punctual for meetings or social gatherings. Men should never touch Omani women and do not shake their hands unless they initiate it (only ever shake with your right hand). If an Omani man holds your hand do not pull away as this is an innocent gesture of familial warmth and hospitality. When giving gifts do not give photos of women, engraved images or any suggestive images of any kind (instead give something promoting your country or company). Never show the soles of your feet to anyone in Oman as this is a huge insult, never serve pork or alcohol to any Omani and only eat with your right hand.
Smoking in public is probably best avoided as it may be considered impolite, although no-smoking signs are posted where appropriate. Visitors should also ask f before taking a photo of Omani people or their property (‘No Photography’ signs exist in certain areas).