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Oman

Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 8 - 10 days

Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)

Best Time: November-February Read More

Budget: Moderate

"Gateway to the Charming Arab World"

Oman Tourism

Oman is an Arab country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Though there is no diversity in religion here, you will find a variety of tranquil landscapes and sceneries. The beauty of the emerald beaches, the rich Arab history in the ancient forts, the lush green mountains, unique wildlife and endless deserts will give you an Arabian adventure unlike any other country in the Gulf Coast. You will find local bazaars or souks filled with handicrafts and the most famous item of Oman, Frankincense. Kind-hearted, helpful and law-abiding people add up to make this country a must-visit place.

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Best time to visit Oman

November-February is the best time to visit Oman

The best time to visit Oman is from October to March which are the winter months. The country has a warm climate throughout the year, and hence, summers can get sweltering hot at times. Winters, therefore, gives some respite from the scorching heat. October through April is cooler than the summer months of May-September. Rainfall in Oman is scarce and only comes for some time during January and February. Still, the showers are short and heavy. From June to September, the monsoon season called, 'Khareef', shows up with wet winds and humid fog that coats the mountains with luxuriant greenery for the moisture.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Clean roads. Hygienic and peaceful country. Safe place. Rich in historical monuments. Scenic beauty. Kind and altruistic people. A variety of tourists spots. Perfect for a family holiday.

What's Not So Great?

Frequent flash floods. Scorching heat. Reckless driving on the highways. Too many restrictions. No cultural diversity.

For Whom?

Architecture lovers. Nature fanatics. Wildlife enthusiasts. Nice place for couples. Perfect for water sports lovers.

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Exchanging Money in Oman

Oman has plenty of ATMs throughout the country including the airport and opulent hotels. There are various banks including Central Bank of Oman and HSBC Bank where you can exchange your currency. Banks are the safest option for such transactions since they offer a better exchange rate. It is advisable not to exchange currency at airport or hotels since they offer terrible exchange rates.

Nightlife in Oman

Nightlife in Oman is not extravagant since people there are strict about drinking and clubbing. There are various bars and restaurants, and some have live music also, but, you need to have a license to enter bars or pubs particularly in Muscat. Also, drinking may cost you an arm and a leg in Oman. Therefore, people prefer to hang out with friends over coffee or fruit juice in local cafes which are comparatively cheaper. Long drives or shopping are also common during late hours.

Shopping in Oman

Markets in Oman offer a wide range of handicrafts as well as natural products. Bargaining is also common here. Oman boasts of highly priced frankincense, a natural product which is widely available but, the best market to shop for this is Muttrah Souk in Muscat. Bukhoor and Myrrh are popular local aromatic which is worth buying. The most alluring souvenir is the khanjar, traditional curved dagger. Other items which entice tourists are perfumes, Bedu jewellery, Omani pottery and Indian handicrafts too. Some popular markets where you can head out are Nizwa Souk, Muttrah Souk, Salalah, Muscat City Centre and Muscat Grand Mall.

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Festivals of Oman

There are various festivals celebrated in Oman with vim and vigour. Since Oman is an Arabic country, most of the festivals belong to Muslims. The excitement, togetherness, energy and ecstasy reach to another level in the country. You will also learn about history, culture and tradition of the Islamic world. While the Grand Muscat Festival is celebrated in the capital city of Muscat, the other main events like Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha, Ramadan and National Day are observed throughout the country.

Hygiene in Oman

When it comes to hygiene, Oman is quite safe and less polluted. Tap water is drinkable everywhere. However, stay away from stray and feral animals as they might be suffering from rabies. It is hot in Oman throughout the year. Excessive heat and lack of water may cause dehydration. There are no prescribed vaccinations for visiting Oman but, contaminated water may cause diseases. Therefore, it is advisable to carry hepatitis or typhoid shots. Also, carry basic medicines in a kit.

Customs of Oman

Do not offer alcohol to a local unless you are sure that he drinks. Avoid drinking and smoking during the festive season. While entering a mosque, you are expected to remove your shoes and also to cover your head with a handkerchief or any cloth. Arabic countries are extremely conservative about the dress. Women should avoid wearing short dresses because in Arab regions, local women have to cover their whole body from head to toe while stepping out. Also, women are not allowed to sit in the front seat of the car with their husbands. Maintain your composure when in public. Avoid shouting or raising your voice as it is considered offensive.

Tips for visiting Oman

Tipping in restaurants is not common. Be careful while driving as reckless drivers are abundant in Oman. Check the weather before visiting Oman. Heavy rainfall can cause a sudden flood as flash floods are very frequent. Carry a lot of water with you especially while exploring deserts. Do not disobey the laws since it can lead to severe legal consequences.

Food of Oman

Rice, vegetables, fish and chicken are the staple Omani food. Soups and curries are also very popular. Various spices are commonly used in all dishes. Omanis prefer to keep their dishes less spicy. Due to the proximity the Arabian Sea, Muscat is quite known for its lip smacking sea food. People generally prefer to have a heavy meal during the daytime, and the dinner is usually lighter. The most common dishes and beverages are laban(salty butter milk drink), kahwa(Omani coffee), biryani, kabouli, mishkak, shuwa and lokhemat.

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