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Country Facts

Oman is the best kept secret of the Middle East and its time you discovered it! Go back in time and relive the glory of an ancient civilization where archaeological sites are steeped in mythology, explore miles of undisturbed coastlines with treasures of marine life or settle down in lush green surroundings for a quiet picnic. Fall in love with the beauty of the desert at night and discover the various vibrant cultures of Oman. From diving to photography to rock climbing, Oman offers a variety of activities. It's a perfect holiday destination, just waiting for you!

  • Capital: Muscat
  • Official Languages: Arabic. English is widely spoken
  • Government: Unitary Absolute Islamic Monarchy
  • Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
  • Time Zone: +4:00 GMT. (1½ hours behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: +968

When To Go

Best time to visit: November to Mid - March when temperatures are moderate and pleasant. From mid-March to October, the average temperature is between 31° C to 38° C.

What To Do

The cuisine of Oman is a mixture of several staples of Asian foods. Dishes are often based around chicken, fish, and lamb, as well as the staple of rice. Most Omani dishes tend to contain a rich mixture of spices, herbs, and marinades.

What to eat and drink
  • Harees: Wheat mixed with meat.
  • Rukhal bread: a thin, round bread originally baked over a fire made from palm leaves.
  • Kebab: Barbecued, grilled, or curried meat /chicken/ beef, along with vegetables.
  • Mashuai: Whole spit-roasted kingfish served with a side of lemon rice.
  • Maqbous: A rice dish flavored with saffron and cooked over spicy meat.
  • Muqalab: Tripe and pluck cooked with a variety of spices.
  • Shuwa: Meal eaten only on festive occasions consisting of a whole cow or goat flavored with spices, wrapped in leaves and roasted in a special pit oven.
  • Sakhana: Thick soup of wheat, dates, molasses, and milk, typically eaten during Ramadan.
  • Kahwa: Omani coffee mixed with cardamom powder, often served with dates and Omani halwa.
  • Laban: Salty buttermilk.


The old markets or souqs are full of handicrafts such as silverwork, gold, textiles and traditional masterpieces like daggers. Pick up Dhofari frankincense and chunky Bedu jewellery. Modern shopping malls offer the latest international brands.



Travel Tips



By Air

Oman is very well connected to the outside world. Muscat International airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Oman. It is a gateway for foreign tourists and main hub for Oman air.

By Bus

Public transport in Oman leaves much to be desired. There is no rail or metro and the country is completely dependent on bus or private cabs. The state owned Oman Transport Company has been developing a network of buses around the country. The bus services are quite comfortable and safe.

Self Drive

There are several car rental companies like Avis, Budget.

  • Light and cotton clothing are required for the day time. It gets quite hot and humid during the day time.
  • Carry warm clothes during winter.
  • Carrying sunscreen and hats is a must.
  • A good tent and sleeping bag are mandatory because you can camp almost anywhere.
  • Women should have a scarf for conservative areas.

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