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OMAN, A HIDDEN JEWEL


The Sultanate of Oman is a breathtaking country, rich in natural beauty and history, and intertwined with myths and legends. As the oldest independent state in the Arab World, Oman has embraced modernisation while retaining the core aspects of its heritage, such as seafaring, trading, and exploration. Today, these long-standing traditions blend seamlessly with modern day living – the latest fashion and electronics brands are sold alongside traditional hand-made crafts, jewellery, and even goats and cattle in souks around the country. The people of Oman are warm and hospitable towards visitors from other countries, a fact reflected in the famous Omani hospitality.
Before and after the congress, you will have the opportunity to explore Oman.
To plan your special holiday in Oman, please contact Abeer Al Maimani from Visit Oman at Abeer.AlMaimani@visitoman.om

EXPLORE OMAN AND MUSCAT CITY

This jewel of a country is the only one in the world to be composed primarily of oceanic crust originating from the Earth’s mantle. This interesting phenomenon can be witnessed in many of the unusual rock formations and topography around Oman, including along Muscat's coastline.

The Sultanate of Oman hosts five UNESCO World Heritage sites and is known for world-class golf courses, birdwatching, horseback riding and racing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, dolphin watching, camping and more!

Some of the most popular attractions in Muscat include the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House Muscat, museums, unspoiled beaches, restaurants, resorts, spas and the traditional Mutrah Souq market. It makes the perfect travel destination for those seeking an enriching experience.

Things to consider when visiting Oman

Climate

The climate of Oman can be described as subtropical dry, hot desert climate with low annual rainfall, very high temperatures in summer and a big difference between maximum and minimum temperatures, especially in the inland areas. Summer is very low rainfall. Daily maximum temperatures can easily reach 40°C or more. Winter is cooler with occasional rainfall.
In November, the average high-temperature is 30.5°C (86.9°F), and the average low-temperature is 20.9°C (69.6°F).

Clothing

While dress codes are liberal, consideration should be given not to offend the sensibilities of others. Swimwear should be worn only on beaches or at swimming pools. When visiting shopping malls and other attractions, tourists should wear clothing that is not too tight or revealing. Certain attractions such as mosques or religious sites usually have stricter dress codes, requiring both men and women to cover up bare shoulders, arms and legs, and women to wear head-scarves.

Business Hours

Like most countries in the Gulf region, Oman’s official business week is Sunday-Thursday, with the weekend being Friday and Saturday. Banks, Embassies and Consulates are generally open from 8am-12 noon.

Credit Cards

Major cards such as Visa, MasterCard and Amex are widely accepted.

Currency

Omani Rial, with an exchange rate of USD 2.597.

Money Exchange

Money can be exchanged at Muscat International Airport, money exchanges and banks. Always make sure to have your passport or ID when exchanging money.

Electric Power

220/240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Standard British-type 13-amp square three-pin plugs are used throughout the country. European or US-made appliances may need a plug adapter.

Liquor

Alcohol is available in hotels, clubs and their restaurants and bars as well as in airport duty free shops. However, most restaurants that are not within hotels may not serve alcohol. Drinking in public places such as public beaches and parks is not permitted.

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