What to See in Oman for First Time Travelers?
If this is your first time to visit Oman, you should not miss the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat. It is the landmark in Oman. If you have only 3-5 days, the capital city Muscat and the nearby Sur will be your good choice. If you have more days, you can see the beautiful desert, the ancient forts and the oasis in Oman. Our best Oman tours will show you the most popular attractions and offer you a memorable trip.
When is the Best Time to Travel Oman?
Oman is a hot country in terms of climate. It is hot and humid during the summer time, so it will be uncomfortable to travel during this period. However, the winter time from November to March, with the average temperature of 24℃ (75℉), is the best time to travel around. During the winter months, you can comfortably enjoy all the sights in Oman. If you are visiting the Ras al Jinz, then the best time is during the months of September to November when you can see the turtles lying around.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Oman?
Most will require a visa for the duration of their stay. Some nationalities and residents of GCC countries may avail the 'Visa on Arrival' policy wherever applicable. E-visa is available. It is better to check the visa policy before you plan your Oman tours.
How to Get to and Travel Around Oman?
You can fly into Muscat International Airport either through the national carrier of Oman Air or the Middle Eastern operators such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad, which all offer flights with one plane change.
In Oman, there are domestic airports located in Salalah, Duqm, Sohar, and Khasab. There is no rail system at present. Public buses will get you to the main cities. To really experience Oman, it is better to be accompanied by a local Omani guide.
Is It Ok to Drink Alcohol in Public?
No. Please do not drink alcohol in public places. This is strictly against the law. Alcohol is bought and sold only against a permit. You cannot buy alcohol in supermarkets or shops, but most hotels have an alcohol license and alcoholic beverages can be ordered as usual. At duty free shops, alcohol is limited to one bottle per person.
Do I Have Internet and Mobile Phone Network in Oman?
The Omani network is very well developed. With the exception of some mountain wadis and desert areas, you will have coverage everywhere and also internet works well. If you plan to use the internet intensively, you may consider to purchase a SIM card from "Omantel" or "Ooredoo" when you arrive at the airport. The SIM cards can be easily charged with credit at all petrol stations and most shops.