10 Practical Tips to Know Before Visiting Oman
1. Oman is a Hot Country
Oman is a sunny country and temperatures vary between 25 C and 17 C in the winter, to 40 C and 30 C in the summer. Nevertheless, the weather on mountains is colder than the surrounding.Salalah, on the other hand, has unique weather during the summer months, which makes it rainy and pleasant. While it gets very hot in most cities of Oman in the summer.
2. Be Mindful of the Conservative Nature of the Omani Culture
Omanis are always conservative and dress decently. Although it is not expected from visitors to wear the same traditional Omani clothes, they must make sure they dress conservatively and don’t show much skin. On the private beach visitors can wear swimming dress.
3. Money in Oman
The local currency in Oman is the Omani Rial, which equals 1,000 basis, which is another smaller currency.One Omani Rial equals 2.60 US dollars. It also equals 2.27 euros and 2.0 GBP. Tipping is not customary in Oman, but visitors can do so if they would like to appreciate good service.
4. Language in Oman
Arabic is the official language in Oman. However, people also speak English. As Oman is a melting pot of cultures that combines Arabs, Hindi people, Pakistanis and others, other languages are also widely spoken like Hindi, Swahili and Baluchi.
5. Food and Drinks
The Omani cuisine usually consists of traditional bread, rice, beef, chicken or fish, special tomato or Omani sauces and various types of salads. Omanis usually drink kahwa (traditional coffee with cardamon) with dates and halwa (Omani dessert), and sometimes they drink red tea. Nevertheless, there are options for vegans, vegetarians and other types of cuisines at local and international restaurants around Oman.
6. Electricity Plugs and Internet
In Oman, the plugs are a type G 200V to 240 V. Adapters are available at hotels and at different supermarkets around Oman.
7. Oman is a Safe Country
Oman is one of the safest countries around the world. Not only for the great efforts of the police but also the great and kind hearts of the Omani people. They always care for their country and its visitors and provide them with the warmest welcome even when they are complete strangers. According to the Global Terrorism Index, Oman is one of the few terrorism-free countries in the world. So, visitors don’t need to bring weapons or to be worried about safety. If anything wrong happens, they can go and talk to the police.
8. Oman is the Perfect Destination for All Adventure Travelers
Oman is full of natural attractions that facilitate all kind of activities and adventures. Visitors can go hiking, rock-climbing and camping in Oman’s mountains, especially Al Hajar Mountains in northern Oman. They can go diving, snorkelling, or take a ride on a boat in Oman’s different seas and charming beaches. They can also go dune-boarding and camping in Al Wahiba Sands in northeastern Oman, or in Al-Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) desert in southern Oman.
9. Omanis Welcome Everyone with Dates and Coffee
Omanis are very friendly and always welcome people to their houses and their food, even strangers. It is important to know that they love to welcome people to their country and to make them feel at home. As hospitality is a dear part of the Omani culture and personality, it is polite and respectful to accept the invitation.
10. People are too kind and welcoming:
Don’t be surprised if you get invited to their homes or tables. You will most likely be offered to be taken in tours and shall gain Omani friends.