|Local Time||The Sultanate of Oman is +4 hours ahead of GMT in the winter.|
|Currency||The 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-Area||309,500 sq KM|
|Land Boundaries||1,374 KM|
|Currency||The unit of currency is the Omani Rial (OMR) comprising 1000 Baizas|
|Climate||Dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong Southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south.|
|Terrain||Central desert plain, rugged mountains in north and south.|
|Highest Point||Jabal Shams over 3,000 m|
|Administrative Division||3 Governorates – Muscat, Dhofar and Musandam|
5 Regions – Al Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah, Al Wusta, Al Sharqiyah and Al Dhahirah.
|National Day||Birthday of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, 18th November.|
|Customs & Traditions||While in Oman, please respect local customs. Please dress modestly and comfortably.|
|Etiquette||You can shake hands in greeting in Oman.|
|Ramadan||The Holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting is observed. Non Muslims should respect this by not eating, drinking or smoking in public.|
|Shopping||A 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).|
|Adventure||The 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.|
|Photography||Tourist 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.|
Although you are allowed to drink in numerous number of The Sultanate’s bars attached to the hotels, remember this is a Islamic country. There is also zero tolerance towards drinking and driving. That means the legal limit is zero and being caught will usually end in a prison sentence. Certain prescription drugs which are legal elsewhere in the world are banned in The Sultanate of Oman. If you need to take these then you must ensure that you take a doctors prescription with you.
The Omani culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Courtesy and hospitality are among the most prized virtues and the visitor is sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people.
Foreigners are free to practice their own religion, alcohol is served in hotels and provided reasonable discretion is shown, the dress code is liberal. Women face no discrimination and may drive and move around unescorted. Local citizens dress in ‘disdashsa’ (Robe) with a Furakha and ‘Muzzar’ or ‘Kumma’ (head dress). Arab culture and folklore find expression in poetry, dancing songs and traditional art.
Weddings and other celebrations are colorful occasions of feasting and music. Traditional sports such as bull fighting, camel racing and dhow racing continue to thrive.
Oman is a Muslim country and it is important that, as guests of the country, everyone should respect the local customs. While there is no official ruling about exactly what you can and can’t wear, Westerners will be expected to dress with more modestly than you would at home in similar temperatures. The Sultanate of Oman is a liberal country, but it is also part of an Islamic world. Women and teenage girls should not wear strappy sundresses, miniskirts, shorts or low necked dresses in public places (e.g. offices, markets, town and shopping areas).
Men should always wear a shirt or top in public. At the poolside or beaches, trunks, swim suits and bikinis are quite acceptable. Good quality sunglasses are advised and photo chrome lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some sort of protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight.
The official language of the Oman is Arabic. Other languages spoken are English, Baluchi, Urdu and Indian dialects.
The official religion of The Sultanate of Oman is Islam. But other faiths are accepted and freedom of worship is privately given.
Moderate climate is found between October and March when days are sunny and pleasant (Average Temperature – 26oC). Nights are Cool (Average Temperature is 15oC) summer is between April and September, when temperatures peak at 50 with high humidity levels in the desert.
Contrary to general belief the drinking water in The Sultanate of Oman is fit to drink and this can be said for all major hotels here in The Sultanate of Oman, although a wide range of bottled water is available in most shops and super markets.