Traveling in Oman is quite an experience and it’s certainly not your standard travel destination. In a short amount of time, you can see and experience a wide variety of things. Oman is an incredibly modern country that has also managed to retain its culture. For instance, the majority of the population still wear traditional clothing, and visiting the goat market in Nizwa feels like stepping back in time by several decades. In addition to having a fascinating culture, Oman boasts beautiful mountain landscapes, paradisiacal wadis, and vast deserts. Have we piqued your interest? Then be sure to check out these 10 things you need to know before jumping on a plane!
#1 Check if you need a visa
Check if you need a visa for Oman. If you need one, the application process is very easy and can be done via the official website. You will almost always receive your e-visa in your mailbox within 24 hours. You must show this e-visa when checking in at the airport, so make sure you have it handy.
#2 The summers are extremely hot in Oman
During the summer months, it’s extremely hot in Oman with temperatures often surpassing 104 degrees Fahrenheit. In the desert, it can sometimes even rise up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you’re fond of extreme heat, it’s best to avoid the summer months. The best time to visit Oman is from October through April. December and January are the coolest months, with an average temperature of around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In October and April, it’s much warmer with the average temperature around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
#3 Oman belongs to the safest countries in the world
In contrast to many other countries in the region, Oman is an incredibly safe and stable country. Before we left for Oman, we knew it was a safe country, but we only realized just how extremely safe it was during our trip. For instance, we arrived at our B&B in Muscat in the middle of the night, and all the doors of the house were open. We could just walk right to our room. The next day, the owner told us that people in Oman almost never lock their house or car doors. That’s because there’s virtually no crime.
#4 Friday is a day to rest
For Muslims, Friday is a day of rest. Therefore, keep in mind that the opening hours of many attractions may differ on Fridays, or they could even be closed. Most attractions tend to close around 11:00 AM on Fridays.
#5 Dress appropriately
Oman is an Islamic country where nearly all locals wear traditional clothing. This means that men dress in a kaftan (a long white robe) and wear a turban. Women are usually fully covered with a headscarf or burka. Out of respect for the culture, it’s not really appropriate for women to walk around in a tank top and shorts. Therefore, dress to cover your knees and shoulders and avoid wearing excessively tight clothing. Are you visiting a mosque? Then women need to wear a headscarf, and men must wear long pants. Oman is very modern, and you are unlikely to be bothered by men if you don’t follow these rules, but out of respect, it’s proper to dress modestly. The only exceptions are some wadis when there are no locals present. However, always carry something to cover yourself if necessary.
#6 Oman is not yet discovered by mass tourism
It’s no secret that tourism has skyrocketed in many countries in recent years. Tourism in Oman is also on the rise, but it’s far from being discovered by the masses, unlike many other countries. We were in Oman in January and, most of the time, only had to share the attractions with a handful of other travelers.
#7 Avoid the ramadan
During Ramadan, many restaurants are closed during the day, and the streets are usually quiet. It’s also not very appropriate to eat or drink in public during the day throughout Ramadan. The opening hours of attractions may be adjusted, and some attractions may even be closed. Therefore, we recommend traveling to Oman outside of Ramadan.
#8 You will need a travel (electricity) adapter in Oman
Don’t forget to bring one or more travel adapters because the power outlets in Oman are a bit different. Some hotels provide travel adapters in their rooms, but it’s wise to bring one or more yourself just to be sure. This way, you can always charge your phone and camera.
#9 Many attractions are free
Unfortunately, Oman is not a cheap travel destination, but thankfully, many attractions are free. This saves a significant amount of money. For example, there’s no entry fee for the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Wadi Shab, or Bimmah Sinkhole. Jibreen Castle and Fort Bahla each cost approximately $1 to enter. Only Nizwa Fort doesn’t fit into this category, as it costs $10 to enter, but beyond that, we hardly had to pay any entrance fees.
#10 Renting a car is ideal in Oman
The perfect way to explore Oman is by renting a car. Public transportation is very limited, and hiring a car with a private driver can quickly make your trip quite expensive. The roads are incredibly good, there are many beautiful stops along the way between destinations, and you’ll drive through stunning mountain and desert landscapes. You’re never in the car for very long since the distances are not very large. It’s ideal for a road trip! With our travel itinerary for Oman, you can see the country’s most beautiful spots in about nine days. Be sure to read our tips for renting a car and driving in Oman beforehand so you’re well prepared for your journey.