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 Sultanate of Oman.
To plan your special holiday, 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

November is a pleasant time to visit the desert climate in Oman. We'll be expecting sunshine and highs around 30°C (86°F) and lows around 21°C (70°F).

Clothing

For the UFI Global Congress, we will have our usual 'business casual' attire suggestions for delegates while at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

When your outside of UFI events, we suggest you follow a conservative approach to your attire as is common in the region:

▶ When visiting attractions, don't wear anything tight or revealing, and you may want to check out website attractions ahead of time as certain locations, such as mosques, have stricter dress codes.
▶ Women visiting the mosque are required to cover their head with a scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered.
▶ Swimwear should be worn only on beaches or at swimming pools.
▶ Men are required to wear long trousers.
▶ No shorts are allowed.

Liquor

As usual, we will be serving alcohol at our UFI networking events. You will also find bars in our host hotels,
and typically you'll find alcohol served in hotels, clubs, and restaurants. However, drinking in public places such as public beaches is not permitted.

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 8:00 am-12:00 pm.

Currency

The Omani rial (ISO OMR code) is the official currency of the Sultanate of Oman.

Credit Cards

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

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.
Europe and US appliances may need an adapter.