Why Should You Travel to Oman?
Traveling to Oman provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Arab kingdom without the skewed prism of excessive riches and modernization. Oman’s quiet fishing villages, majestic mountains, and wind-blown deserts remain at the core of the Omani spirit in the face of modernity.
Best way to get to Oman?
Muscat, the country’s capital, serves as the country’s key entry point. Muscat offers a wealth of activities, and the lovely city serves as an excellent introduction to Oman. Many major European cities offer cheap flights to Muscat, but the cheapest option is to fly from Oman via Dubai.
It takes only an hour to fly from Dubai to Muscat. If you’re on a tight budget, frequent buses from Dubai to Muscat leave every hour or so and take just under five hours. If you’re looking for a way to get to Oman from the United States, you’ll most likely have to go through Europe.
Oman Tourist Visa
Before arriving at the airport, you must obtain an e-visa. A visa on arrival is available to some nationalities. A 10-day tourist visa costs five rials ($12) and a month costs 20 rials ($52).
If you are traveling directly from Dubai or Doha to Oman and have a tourist entrance visa or stamp from either country, you do not need to obtain a separate visa for Oman. You can travel to Oman from Dubai, and the process was simple and stress-free.
How easy it’s for Foreigners to be in Oman
If you are a first-time visitor to the Middle East, Oman is very easy to navigate. In reality, it’s an excellent introduction to the area, especially for those who want to ease into Arab culture gradually rather than being overwhelmed. Oman is one of the modest nations that have advanced into the modern world while carefully preserving its natural beauty.
Most people in Oman speak a basic level of English, making it simple to communicate with locals and navigate the country. Oman also has a strong foreign community, with many English-speaking immigrants from India and the Philippines.
Is Oman safe?
Oman is a relatively prosperous country with established infrastructure such as strong transportation networks, well-paved highways, and high-end hotels thanks to its oil wealth. When visiting Oman, well-heeled visitors would not have to forego their creature comforts.
In terms of safety, particularly for female travelers, there is nothing to be concerned about. Oman is most likely the Middle East’s safest and most prosperous nation. Although the country has no conflicts with its neighbors, it is still a good idea to stay away from the border areas with Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Before you go, read the Oman Travel Advisory.
Omani community is really hospitable and accepting. Visitors are welcomed with open arms, and many people open their homes to you. They’re friendly and kind, and they go out of their way to support visitors.
Oman’s national and official languages are both Arabic. In Oman, the Baluchi language is also widely spoken. However, English is widely spoken, especially in Muscat. The Omani people are well-educated and speak many languages. In Oman, there is no need to be concerned about a language barrier.
what to wear in Oman?
It’s critical to respect each countries culture and dress conservatively — no hair covering is needed (except for women visiting mosques), but both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. Normally, Long-sleeved robes and skirts are worn by the locals.
Getting around Oman
Oman has a well-developed transportation system, especially in the capital city of Muscat. Most public transportation networks, however, do not serve remote areas (such as the wadi, deserts, or mountains – which are what most visitors come to see), so renting a car is the best option. The roads in Oman are well-paved and well-signposted in both Arabic and English, making it simple to get around on your own. The country’s highways are excellent, making it simple to travel from Muscat to the most interesting sights in just a few hours. Weekly car rental in Oman costs around $250. However, once outside of the cities, you run the risk of getting lost, so be sure to download the offline Oman guide. We got lost in the desert and drove around aimlessly for over two hours in the middle of nowhere.
Where to stay in Oman
In Muscat, there is a wide range of accommodation options, but once outside the capital, the options are restricted and less cost-effective. Muscat is a large city that is divided into many districts. Muttrah is the most interesting place, with old houses, a lovely harbor, and a souk to explore.
Wild camping is legal in Oman, but if you’re on a budget, then carrying a tent and camping gear. You can rent a 4×4 and drive up to the mountains to set up your tent. Imagine sleeping under the stars in the desert and waking up with the sun on your face!
Travel Oman Independently or on a Tour?
Traveling around Oman without a car can be challenging due to the lack of public transportation. Buses run between major cities but not to wadis, deserts, or mountains. If you’re traveling alone, renting a car is often costly. You could also base yourself in Muscat and go on day trips from there. I suggest GetYourGuide or Viator because they have a wide range of tours to choose from.
Oman’s cuisine is a mixture of Persian, North African, Indian, and Arab flavors due to its location along centuries-old spice routes. Madrouba (chicken rice porridge), fragrant biryanis (Indian influence), and honey or rosewater-soaked desserts are all traditional Omani staples.
Cost of travel in Oman
Traveling in Oman is not inexpensive. Prices are comparable to those in much of Western Europe. Despite its well-developed tourism infrastructure, Oman is not a mass-market tourist destination which explains the low prices. Oman has a less cost of living, with a mid-range three-star hotel costing about US$20 -40 per night.
In Muscat, you’ll find the best offers and highest standards of lodging; outside of that, you’ll pay the same price for less-than-ideal lodging. However, if you’re on a tight budget, camping is a great way to save money on lodging. Wild camping is permitted in Oman, so carry your tent.