OMAN - GENERAL INFORMATION  

The Sultanate of Oman has one of the oldest civilizations in the Arabian Peninsula, stretching back thousands of years with notable periods of greatness in the ancient world and in medieval times.Like other great civilizations, Oman faded from prominence - until the recent resurgence due to the discovery of oil. But all along, the country was active in many ways and has an interesting history that is still relevant today and has left many tangible traces in prominent landmarks and a highly developed culture.

LOCAL CUSTOMS 

GREETINGS
The people of Oman offer a very warm welcome to guests in their country. You will find that traditional Arab greetings are still widely observed and it is good manners to exchange greetings and handshakes when meeting Omanis. These courtesies should be observed both in commercial dealings (e.g. shopping in the souq) and on a personal level.
 

DRESS
Oman is a Moslem country and it is important that, as guests of the country, everyone should respect the local customs. 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). The most suitable wear in public is shoulders covered and below knee length skirts with a top that is appropriately long (below the hip) is also acceptable.
Men should wear short or long sleeved shirts and long trousers. Shorts or beach wear should not be worn except at the beach or pool area.

ALCOHOL
Care must be taken not to cause offence through the use or abuse of alcohol. In particular, alcohol should not be consumed in public places apart from licensed premises, such as hotels & restaurants. It is illegal to carry liquor in your car. In addition, the police take a serious view of traffic offences in which alcohol is involved and heavy fines may be imposed.

RAMADAN
During the holy month of Ramadan all moslems fast from sunrise until sunset daily. The fixed hours of prayer are observed and during daylight no moslem will eat, drink or smoke. The fast is strictly observed. All non-moslems, during this period, are requested to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in the presence or sight of a moslem. Eating, drinking or smoking in public places during the hours of daylight is forbidden. Hotel’s coffee shop remain open during this time, but will not serve alcohol. Alcohol though can be served through room service only after sunset.
 

WEATHER AND CLIMATE 

May through August are usually very hot and humid with September through April being cooler. Temperatures in the interior regions are both higher and lower than the averages reported for the coastal areas. Average monthly temperatures are roughly as follows (Muscat = Mct, Salalah = Sll): 

Temperature (Degree Celsius): Average day time

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mct

25

27

30

33

39

41

39

37

36

35

30

26

Sll

29

28

30

32

33

33

29

29

29

31

33

29

Temperature (Degree Farenheit): Average day time

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mct

77

81

86

91

106

107

106

99

97

95

86

79

Sll

84

82

86

90

91

91

84

84

84

88

91

84

Note: Minimum 9 -10 hrs of sunshine per day throughout the year in Muscat.

BASIC COMMERCIAL/DOMESTIC INFORMATION

CURRENCY
The unit of currency is Omani Rial (RO 1 = US$ 2.63) which is divided into 1000 Baiza. Notes are available in denominations of RO 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 1/2 Rial, 250, 200 and 100 Baiza. Coins are also in use for units under one (1) Rial.

BUSINESS HOURS

  

SAT - WED  

THURSDAY  

FRIDAY

Gov’t  

7.30 AM -  2.30 PM  

CLOSED  

CLOSED

Banks  

8.00 AM -12.00 PM  

8.00 AM -11.30 AM  

CLOSED

Shops AM 

9.00 AM -1.00 PM  

9.00 AM -1.00 PM  

9.30 AM -11.00 AM

Shops PM 

4.30 PM - 8.00 PM  

4.30 PM - 8.00 PM  

4.30 PM - 8.00 PM

FRIDAY is the weekly holiday.

ELECTRICITY
is 220-240 Volts at 50 cycles AC.

TIME
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is plus 4 hours in summer and plus 3 hours in winter.

TELEPHONE
There are local and international direct dialing facilities available from public call booths, hotels and from the General Telecommunications Organization (GTO). Telephone cards are easily available in Super Markets and Hotel outlets.

INTE RNET EMAIL
This facility is available in most hotels. A Cyber Café is located in the Qurm shopping area.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 

Fire                                              999

Royal Oman Police                 701099

Khoula Hospital                      563625

Royal Hospital                        590491 

OUTDOOR EXPLORING

GENERAL
The interior of Oman has some spectacular mountain scenery and colourful village environs to offer the outdoor explorer. The beaches have excellent quality sand grains. The countryside is dotted with large forts dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Tarmac road networks link the remotest areas. Motels in the interior offer comfortable overnight lodging for those desiring a base. In short, there is a great variety of exploring possibilities both, for the day tripper and for the overnight camper. 

We cannot, however, overemphasize the need to respect local villagers and their customs in our sightseeing adventures. The ability to explore freely is a privilege that must not be misused. Some principles of etiquette are outlined below. Please follow them carefully so that no one causes offences and we can all continue to enjoy the impressive countryside. 

WATER / SWIMMING
The river or falaj is usually a vital source of water for nearby villages. Do not foul, block or damage falaj walls or dams. Do not swim or allow your children to play in water immediately above a village, as it may be the villages drinking water. Away from populated areas one can take the opportunity to swim in wadi pools or at beaches. Ladies should keep a wrap handy in case a villager appears on the scene. Driving on beaches is prohibited. 

VILLAGE ETIQUETTE
Drive slowly through villages to avoid raising too much dust. Watch out for children & animals. Be courteous to villagers - a few words of greetings or a smile is only polite. Do not go into a home without being invited. Remember certain areas of the village may be restricted to women only. this may be restricted to women only. This must be strictly observed. 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Do not take photographs of individuals without their permission. Women in particular, do not like being photographed. It is forbidden to take pictures of military facilities, borders and airports. Observe ‘NO PHOTOGRAPHY’ signs. 

LITTER
Remove all your litter when leaving a picnic or camp site.

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