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Destination Oman

The Sultanate of Oman occupies the south eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula boasting some 1,700 km of coastline, stretching along the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf. It is the second largest country in Arabia and has the most diverse landscape including fjord-like rugged mountains in the far north, magnificent tracts of desert and a lush south.

Oman's history can be traced back to 12,000 BC. The country is strategically located on the crossroads of several trade routes that linked the ancient world. It became a centre of power in the 17th century with Omani rule extending from  Persia and Pakistan to the entire East African Coast upto Zanzibar in East Africa which was once the capital of the Omani Empire. Evidence of a glorious ancient past is spread all over the country which showcases more than 500 forts, castles and towers. Their diversity and numbers reflect the high standards achieved by Omanis in architecture.

Oman enjoys many unique features including its unspoiled culture, heritage and a traditional lifestyle in almost every aspect. The people are very friendly and offer incomparable hospitality. A rich variety of flora and fauna abound, together with breath-taking panoramic beauty is reflected in its seas, mountain ranges, deserts and sand dunes.

Today His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said AL Said rules the country and Oman is considered a safe and secure destination with many modern amenities and facilities.

The hottest months are June through to August when temperatures are in the 40’s. However, modern AC and sea breezes make this more than bearable. The most pleasant months to visit Oman are mid October through to March when daytime temperatures fall into the 30’s and below.The dress code is fairly liberal in Muscat although decency is still expected. Women should wear for example, tops with sleeves covering their shoulders and long skirts or trousers covering their knees. Men should wear trousers or long shorts and shirts or T-shirts with sleeves. Swimwear and beachwear should be restricted to the beach or pools only.

Arabic, English, Swahili and Balushi are widely spoken across Oman.

The time difference is GMT+4 and the unit of currency is the Rial Omani (RO) consisting of 1,000 Baizas. The Omani currency has a fixed Exchange Rate with the US Dollar standing at 0.386 Bz for one US Dollar.