OMAN – A SAFE AND RELAXING COUNTRY TO VISIT
Oman is one of the safest and most relaxing countries to visit and is home to some of the most welcoming people in the world. Here are a few helpful pointers and tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Sultanate and gain a better understanding of the country’s culture, customs and laws.
During the Summer months (April to September), the climate remains moderate in the Al Hajar Mountain range and Dhofar region, a rarity on the Arabian Peninsula where Summer temperatures frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius.
Oman’s national currency is the Omani Rial (OMR), with the lower denominations known as ‘Baisa’. Rial notes range from OMR 1 to OMR 50, while Baisas are available in note form in denominations of 100 and 500 with 1,000 Baisa equating to One Rial.
Oman is ranked as one of the safest and most relaxing countries in the world and is home to some of the most welcoming people in the world. However, when visiting anywhere it is always recommended to take the necessary safety precautions and to store passports, money and other valuables in a closed bag or hotel safe.
Omani people are known for their generous hospitality and warm nature, and the country’s nationals live in perfect harmony with other cultures and nationalities from all around the world. However, as in any country, visitors are kindly requested to adhere to a number of rules to ensure this mutual respect remains:
- Dressing conservatively is appreciated. Clothing that covers knees and shoulders are required for men and women.
- Basic rules of courtesy impose on people to respect Oman’s calm and tranquility.
- Keep noise to minimum.
- Ask for permission before photographing people or entering private premises as it is considered intrusive and inappropriate.
- Help keep Oman litter-free. Make sure litter goes in its designated locations.
- Ensure your guide has valid tour guide license issued by the Ministry of Tourism.
- Village Visits: Practices that threaten wildlife and biodiversity are strictly
- Picking fruits and vegetables is considered inappropriate.
- Keep in mind it is a source of income for villagers.
- Do not contaminate any water source. Villagers depend on traditional water systems for drinking and agriculture.
- Keep to designated paths when exploring villages and surrounding areas.
- Make sure you park your vehicle in the designated areas to ensure villagers are not inconvenienced.
- Always camp on high ground. Avoid valleys which are susceptible to flash floods.
- Desert Safari: Vehicles must be equipped with GPS trackers and safety equipment.
- It is advised to travel only with a qualified tour guide and in groups with more than one vehicle.
- Off Road Travel: Use only 4WD vehicles for off-road travel. Avoid travelling off-road alone, and ensure you carry spare tyres and plentiful supplies of food, water and fuel. Notify others of your plans and expected time of return.
- Cruising: Use only licensed tourism boats to ensure compliance with safety
- Each passenger should be equipped with a top quality life vest.
- Trekking: Be aware of the length and difficulty of a trail before setting off.
- Ensure you have sturdy shoes and adequate supplies of food and water.
- Please do not trek alone.
- Keep away from valleys and beaches prone to flash flooding as they might endanger your safety.