You couldn’t get two more contrasting neighbors. While Dubai is like walking into Disneyland in the desert, Oman is like waking up in an Arabian Arcadia. Infinitesimal desert dunes, sandstone forts that segue seamlessly into surrounding blonde sands, wadis filled with turquoise water that feels like stolen sanctuaries when you dive into them, and three seas to choose from for coastal escapism.


This desert haven wrapped by mountains is a peaceful and uncrowded spot with five-star hotels, white sand beaches, and warm waters. As well as some of the best diving in the world, it has a souk to rival Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, only without all the jostling. But that's not even half of it. Oman is opening to tourism, and some of its greatest treasures are found only a day or so away from the capital.






Time Zone

Muscat Islam GMT + 4




Drinking Water

Tipping is customary for porters, guides, drivers, and restaurant staff 220 V with British 3-pin sockets Drinking from bottled water is more advisable (min cost: 100 biaza)




Arabic is the official language in Oman however English is widely spoken and written.


Oman has 360 days of sun per year with varying temperatures in different regions. The average temperature between October and March is expected to be 20º - 30º Celsius and about 31º - 45º Celsius in the summer.

In Salalah, you will find a more subtropical climate between October and May with average temperatures of 30º Celsius. The climate from June to September is affected by the South East monsoons, resulting in a lush green terrain and temperatures reaching an average of 23º Celsius.

best_time_to_visit_icon.pngBest Time to Visit

The best time of the year to visit Oman is between October and April, when the weather is pleasantly warm in the day and cool in the evening. The average temperature during this period is 25 - 35° Celsius during the day and 17 - 19° Celsius at night.

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Oman is one of the few Arab countries where women can travel with almost no interference as long as a certain code of conduct is respected (see i.e. Dress Code). In single taxis sit always in the back row, in collection taxis sit next to the driver. Bear in mind that Arabic women would never travel without a male escort. If asked why you are alone a suitable answer could be that you are visiting family in the country or that you are on an important business trip. Wearing a wedding ring and carrying family photos helps, even if you don’t have a family.

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Taxis are easily recognizable by the taxi sign on the roof. If the car has no meter, you will need to negotiate the price before you enter. Identify your destination by prominent places and nearby landmarks as street names are hardly used in Oman. In the capital Muscat, taxi drivers have a reasonable understanding of English; in the interior, this is mostly not the case. There are minivans that pick up and drop off passengers at multiple locations along the main roads; these vans are a cheaper alternative. Another option is Mwasalat, a public service that offers intercity transportation via red buses that follow a set route; and red-white metered taxis that can be ordered using an app.

car_rental_icon.pngRenting a Car

Tourists can drive rental cars using their International driving licenses. Contact us for car rental inquiries or to rent from our fleet of cars.


You can find a wide variety of cuisines in Oman. In the capital area, any kind of cuisine is readily available at different price points. In the interior, mostly Arabic and Indian food is served; it is cheap and tasty. Couples, families, and women should sit in the family section.


The local currency is called Omani Rial (OMR) and there are 1000 Baizas (Bz) to 1 OMR. Omani Rials can be bought upon arrival at Muscat International Airport. ATMs can be found throughout most cities. Credit cards are readily accepted. Foreign traveler cheques may be changed at bigger International hotels only; this can be time-consuming. It is therefore advisable to arrive with cash, credit cards, and traveler cheques in US Dollars. For daily exchange rates click here 

The pegged exchange rate is:

1 OMR = USD 2.58
1 USD = OMR 0.387

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The official weekend is Friday and Saturday, with Friday being the day for the prayer. Public holidays are calculated as per the moon calendar. The opening times of big supermarkets like Lulu Hypermarket are daily from 8:00 to 23:00 h. Muttrah Souk opens from 9:00 to 13:00 h and from 16:30 to 20:30 h, on Friday only until 11:00 h and then again in the afternoon.

Fish markets are worth visiting early in the morning. Forts open from 9:00 to 16:00 h and on Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 h. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque opens from 8:00 to 11:00 h, being closed on Friday and on public holidays. It’s the only mosque in Oman, which can be visited by non-Muslims. Banks are open from Sunday to Thursday between 8.00 – 14.00 h. Government Offices opening times are 7.00 – 14.30 h from Sunday – Thursday.

passport_icon.pngPassport and ID

In case of loss of passport or other official certificates please contact your embassy. We advise carrying a copy of your passport when leaving the hotel and storing the original document in a safe place.


In case of an accident, you must call the police. Without police, report insurers will not pay for the damage. Below are some important emergency numbers you need to know.

accident_icon.pngEmergency Numbers


In case of an accident or any emergency contact ROP (Royal Oman Police).

Emergency numbers of Police / Ambulance / Fire brigade: 9999

Eency numbers of Mountain Valley Holidays: +968 92333677 / +968 79463343