Some frequently asked questions about Oman...
Omani customs and law
You are recommended to familiarise yourself with local customs, etiquette and laws on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Website (FCO).
Local laws reflect the fact that Oman is an Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they don’t offend.
Ideal time to visit Oman’s capital city, Muscat is October–April, with moderate average daytime temperatures between 23–30 Celsius (77–86F).
While the dress code is fairly liberal, consideration should be given not to offend the sensibilities of others. It is polite for both men and women to cover knees and shoulders in public.
Swimwear should be worn only on beaches or at swimming pools. When visiting shopping malls and other attractions, tourists should wear clothing that is not too tight or revealing. Certain attractions such as mosques or religious sites usually have stricter dress codes, requiring both men and women to cover up bare shoulders, arms and legs, and women to wear head-scarves.
Alcohol is available in hotels, clubs and their restaurants and bars as well as in airport duty free shops. However, most restaurants that are not within hotels may not serve alcohol. Drinking in public places such as public beaches and parks is not permitted.
Alcohol will not be served at any of the Congress Social Events.
Like most countries in the Gulf region, Oman’s official business week is Sunday–Thursday, with the weekend being Friday and Saturday. Banks, embassies and consulates are generally open from 8am–12 noon.
The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. All street signs and directions are in both Arabic and English with multilingual tour guides available.
GMT +4 Hours.
The Sultanate of Oman, like many other GCC States, has a 9% Government tax and 8% Service Charge on hotel accommodation and food and beverage.
There is currently no VAT or similar tax system in Oman. However this may change in the near future.
220/240 Volts. Standard British-type 13-amp square three-pin plugs are used throughout the country. European or US-made appliances may need a plug adapter.
An international driver’s licence is required when driving in Oman and driving is on the left with speed limits in kilometres.
Major cards such as Visa, MasterCard and Amex are widely accepted.
Money can be exchanged at Muscat International Airport, money exchanges and banks. Always make sure to have your passport or ID when exchanging money.
Travelling with children
Oman is a welcoming place to visit with children. More information and tips can be found here https://www.lonelyplanet.com/oman/practical-information/directory/travel-with-children/a/nar/580a19ec-a165-4746-8a99-fac157de9d82/361106
Solo women travellers
Oman is a welcoming place to visit as a lone woman, and harassment is uncommon. More information and tips can be found here https://www.tripsavvy.com/oman-for-solo-female-travelers-3149592