GENERAL INFORMATION

The Sultanate of Oman is situated on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula. The coastline extends 1.700 Km from the Straight of Hormuz in the north to the borders of the Republic of Yemen in the South and overlooks three seas: The Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT OMAN

Local TimeThe Sultanate of Oman is +4 hours ahead of GMT in the winter.
CurrencyThe local currency in The Sultanate of Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). The Omani Rial is linked to the USD at the rate of OMR 1.000 =
Land-Area309,500 sq KM
Land Boundaries1,374 KM
Coastline1,700 KM
Population2.9 millions
CurrencyThe unit of currency is the Omani Rial (OMR) comprising 1000 Baizas
ClimateDry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong Southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south.
TerrainCentral desert plain, rugged mountains in north and south.
Highest PointJabal Shams over 3,000 m
Administrative Division3 Governorates – Muscat, Dhofar and Musandam
5 Regions – Al Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah, Al Wusta, Al Sharqiyah and Al Dhahirah.
CapitalMuscat
National DayBirthday of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, 18th November.
Customs & TraditionsWhile in Oman, please respect local customs. Please dress modestly and comfortably.
EtiquetteYou can shake hands in greeting in Oman.
RamadanThe Holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting is observed. Non Muslims should respect this by not eating, drinking or smoking in public.
ShoppingA shopper’s paradise. Oman offers modern day designer shopping as well as traditional ‘souq’ experience. Shopping malls are open 9 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm (Except Lulu and Carrefour open daily between 09:00 hrs to 00:00 hrs).
AdventureThe coastline, the deserts, mountains etc. make Oman the Perfect place for water sports like Diving, Sailing, Fishing, Wind Surfing, Water Skiingapart from Dolphin Watching and Whale Watching. On land you can indulge in Camel Racing, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Cave Exploration, Wadi Bashing, Bird Watching and Dune Bashing in the Wahiba Sands.
PhotographyTourist photography is allowed but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women or near military installations. It is always courteous to ask permission before taking pictures.
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