In recent years, Oman has tried to become progressive. It has succeeded in making something out of itself. This land of sultans has many delightful destinations to offer.

It has the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the west. The culture has been shared across the borders. The climate is that of a tropical desert. You can feel the hot temperature through the year. But during winter, it can be an enjoyable weather.

On the northern part of the country, you can find the capital of Muscat and glorious Hajar Mountains. Southern borders are shared with Yemen. The heart of the country has a rich history and a gorgeous coastal scenery. The important historical towns are Bahla (World Heritage site), Matrah, Nizwa (fort city), Buraimi and Ibra. The natural beauties are the Hajar mountains, the Wahiba Sands, Masirah Island and the Musandam peninsula.

Oman has sandy beaches on tropical coasts and ancient forts with tremendous history to engage you. There are flights between the two cities of Salalah and Muscat only. But if you have to travel between major destinations, a bus is a safe option. Taxis can also be used, but they can be a tad too expensive. You can drive yourself around. It is a real pleasure because the fuel costs are minimal.

Arabic is the language of the nation, but English can be used everywhere. The locals of cities and famous destinations can communicate with you. You will have no problem speaking with the locals. They have a good hold on the language.

One Omani rial is equal to 2.58 USD. You can exchange money in airports. Credit cards are easily acceptable, except for American Express. Also, ATMs are available widely.

You can travel here on a budget if you stick to local seafood. With around 3-5 OMD you can savor tasty seafood. Accommodation ranges from budget hotels to five-star ones. You can choose what suits your taste.

Getting around by shared taxis, minibuses, and private taxis is easy. However, if you want to rent a car, you can do it at the airport and at hotels in Muscat and Salalah. The minimum age to hire a car ranges from 21 to 25 depending on the company. The country has a fast and modern network of roads and motorways. However, sudden rainfalls can make some roads inaccessible. Cars drive on the right here. 

As for electricity, Oman uses type G sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 240 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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