Things to know before visiting Oman
By Tully Luxury Travel | 10-12-2022 |
The scent of frankincense, the whisper of palm trees. Whitewashed buildings gleaming in the bright sunshine… Oman plays out like a picture-book holiday. A visit here is both a step back in time and a plentiful, present-day delight – safe, welcoming, and relaxing.
Unlike its neighbors, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Oman takes a more low-key approach to luxury living – less futuristic towers and more traditional architecture, less grandeur and more subtle sophistication. There’s just as much fun to be had, mind you – the adventure here can get quite spectacular, more than you might have thought.
The sheer variety of things to do in Oman makes for a well-rounded luxury holiday, whether you’re looking for contemplative environs, an outdoor adventure, or a satisfying shopping spree.
Inhabited for thousands of years, Oman is a trove of ancient mysteries and archaeological antiquities. Religious structures are beyond breathtaking, including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the capital of Muscat. Renowned fjords and jagged coastlines bring tourists intent on discovering natural Oman. Cliffs and hillsides are full of intrigue, like the terraced orchards of Jebel Akhdar, a limestone mountain range featuring a series of labyrinthian canyons. The real adventure kicks in on the dunes of Wahiba Sands, where massive sand dunes open up a world of 4 x 4 fun, and the traditional Bedouin camps bring cool comfort when the sun sets.
Wise words of travel advice for Oman.
• While Oman is very safe and secure, visitors are advised to anticipate the conservative nature of the Omani people, and respect their culture and traditions.
• The official language in Oman is Arabic, but many people speak English. You will also hear Hindi, Swahili and Baluchi languages spoken. Note that it is considered rude to laugh loudly or yell in public.
• The temperatures here are high, even in the winter, so loose-fitting clothing is best. Conservative dress is the norm, dictating decency at all times. If you’re visiting Oman as a woman, try to keep cleavage, knees and shoulders covered. Female visitors are not expected to cover their heads except for within a mosque. Men are advised to steer clear of shorts.
• The Omani love inviting strangers into their home. If that’s you, note that it is considered inconsiderate not to accept the invitation.
• Alcohol can be enjoyed in international hotels and licensed restaurants in Oman.
• Driving in Oman is easy, the roads well-marked and safe. The car rental’s travel insurance is always recommended for a hassle-free journey.
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