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At a Glance

Known for its traditional hospitality, Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The local Omanis are very friendly and always willing to help. English is widely spoken although sometimes on a very basic form.

Oman’s topography attracts a large number of tourists; the Sultanate has a diversity of topographical features consisting of:

  1. The coastal plain: the most important area representing about 3% of the total land area.
  2. The mountains: covers approximately 15% and the main mountain range is the 10,000   foot Al Hajar which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.
  3. Sands & Deserts: occupies the remaining area and includes two large sand deserts the Wahiba Sands known as (Rimalat Al Wahiba) and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali)

Oman is known for its tropical climate but it’s still subject to seasonal changes. The climate differs from one area to another. In the coastal areas summer is hot and humid while in the Interior it’s hot and dry. The higher mountains such as Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountains) and Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain) enjoy a moderate climate throughout the year. The monsoons bring rain to the southern coast of Oman especially around the area of Salalah. While regions in the Arabian Gulf try and beat the heat during peak summer times, the Dhofar region enjoys a moderate climate with heavy monsoon rains between May and September

Winter falls between December and March with an average temperature of 25-30ºC with light occasional rainfalls, though heavy rains can be expected. This is referred to as the High Season, when most visitors to Oman choose to travel.


FACTS ABOUT THE SULTANATE OF OMAN:

  • Capital: Muscat
  • Population:2.33 million
  • Main Language: Arabic, English is widely used
  • Currency: Omani Riyal (OMR) 1 OMR = 2.56 USD
  • Local time: GMT +4 hours
  • Electricity:220/240 volts AC requiring three-pin wall plugs
  • Shopping: Souks (Arabian Markets) along with shopping malls and centers with international brands and stores.
  • Cuisine: International and Traditional
  • Transport: Local taxis and bus services (for taxis: agree a price before starting the journey)

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