Oman Travel Guide

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Sultanate of Oman

Oman has a strategic location overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It also controls the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important facilities in the region, linking the Sea of Oman with the Arabian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz is a gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

Wadis in Oman

Oman Wadis characterised by variety, diversity, and a wealth of natural attractions. Know More !

Oman Mountains

Mountains constitute a large percentage of the environment of Oman. The flora and fauna living in these mountains vary. Al Hajar Mountains are in the north of Oman and extend from Musandam Peninsula in the north to Ras Al Hadd in Al Sharqiyah South Governorate. Wadi Samail divides it into two parts: east and west. Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain) summit is the highest point in the Al Hajar Mountains, rising at an altitude of 3,009 metres above sea level.

Caves of Oman

Oman Caves are of varying types and lengths, sizes and geographic formations, and annually attract to Oman large numbers of speliologists.

Deserts of Oman

Oman’s name is closely associated with desert. The desert in Oman is an extension of the Bedouin lifestyle with its ancient associations of traditional culture and authentic original customs. The Omani desert is characterided by the diversity of its plants and animals. In Jeddah Al Harasis in Wilayat Hima AlWasta Governorate (the Central Region), there are many mammals within the boundaries of the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary.

Beaches in Oman

Oman’s coastline stretches for a distance of 3,165 kilometres, including beaches overlooking the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz in the North. The nature of this coastal strip varies from tourist-friendly sandy beaches where summer holiday-makers hang out, and the rocky coasts, bays, islands and lagoons with their diverse geographical make-up, making them ideal for fishing and marine excursions. The most important beaches

Oman Islands

A group of islands are adjacent to Oman. Also, a number of smaller islands trail Barr Al Hikman Peninsula and Musandam Peninsula, especially in the Strait of Hrmiz. The most famous islands in Oman

Hot Water Springs in Oman

The importance of the natural water springs varies according to the quality of their water, ranging from warm and cold water, fresh drinking water, saline and alkaline water, mixed with valley water which is suitable for agriculture. There is another kind of spring that contains varying proportions of mineral salts, making them ideal for curative and relaxation purposes.

Beach Lagoons of Oman

The lagoons spread along the coast of Oman from the top of the mountains (Musandam) in the north, through Al-Batinah Coast and the shores of the Ash Sharqiyah Governorate. Most of these lagoons were formed at the estuary of large valleys.

Canyons in Oman

Snake Canyon is located near Balad Sayt in Wadi Bani Awf. This via ferrata route offers an exciting series of traverses and zip line crossings’ 100m above the canyon floor

Traditional Villages in Oman

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Oman Nature Reserves

Oman is full of natural reserves with its own uniqueness and beauty. Variety of Oman reserves are located various regions of Oman

FAQs
What do I need to do to book a tour and confirm my reservation?
Booking a tour is simple. You just need to contact our representatives and then you will receive an immediate response giving you the available options and then you can build a tour that will suit your needs. After that a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans will be sent to you. At this point, you need to confirm your reservation with paying a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by Memphis Tours. The balance of payment will be due on arrival to begin your tour.
Why book with Memphis Tours Egypt?
We have been in the business in Egypt since 1955 and pride ourselves on using this experience to create consistently high quality, personalized tour experiences.
Is there a discount for booking my tour far in advance?
If the full payment is paid six months before the date of your arrival, we will gladly reduce the quoted cost of your trip by 5%. “Early Bird” rates require full, non-refundable pre-payment. Discounted tours will not be eligible for date changes or refunds.
How much will I have to pay as a deposit?
The deposit required will be 25% of the total price of the tour, except during peak travel times around Christmas and New Years, when the deposit will be 50% of the total price.
Is it common to use credit cards in Oman?
Credit cards are widely used in India in hotels, many shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Is there any surcharge on transactions completed using a debit or credit card?
Memphis Tours Egypt does not charge any additional fees or surcharges on any debit or credit card transactions. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
Is there any special dress code to be followed during visiting religious sites in Oman?
There is no special dress code to be put on while walking in the streets, but modest dress is recommended, especially during visiting religious sites (Shoulders and legs should be covered).
Can I take pictures of the people, streets, in Oman?
Omani people are hospitable. However, it is always polite to ask for a permission before photographing someone.
What is the best time to visit Oman?
November and mid-March is the best time to travel to Oman. It is when the temperature is pleasant and there is still plenty of sunshine. This is the peak season in travelling to Oman. So if you want quieter time, you can travel during summer, but be prepared for hot weather.
Do you need visa to travel to Oman?
British and EU citizens can obtain visa on arrival, for 10 or 30 days at a cost of 5 to 20 Omani rials. One can pay for visas at the Travelex Foreign Exchange desk, located in the airport's immigration arrivals hall. Most currencies are accepted as well as most credit cards. The short stay visa, up to 10 days, costs R.O. 5 while the one-month combined tourist-business visa costs R.O. 20. The one-month visa can be extended by a further month for the same price. All visitors must show proof of onward or return ticket upon applying for their visa.
What can I do in Oman?
The country is a diverse destination, with plenty of cultural and historical sites in its magnificent cities Muscat and Nizwa. Oman also has a number of beautiful beaches, spectacular deserts and nature reserves. In Muscat, there are a lot of forts you want pay a visit to, besides the museums. The Muscat Gate Museum is good for giving you an overview of Omani history. Desert trips can include camping, sand boarding, camel trekking and hiking.
What is the local currency of Oman?
The local currency if the Omani rial. However, one can easily exchange U.S. dollars at banks and with money changers. Probably, you will get a slightly better rate from the latter. There are plenty of ATMs in Oman. Major credit cards and debit cards are accepted throughout the country.
When is Ramadan?
The date of Ramadan is different each year, as it is determined by the moon’s cycle. Special committees decide the dates of Ramadan and they are not announced very far in advance. If you want to make sure you, check with one of our travel advisors. Ramadan lasts for 29 to 30 days each year.
Do Omanis speak languages other than Arabic?
Oman's official language is Arabic. However, most people will understand English, particularly in urban and tourist areas. The country also has a number of minority cultures so languages such as Swahili, Urdu and Hindi can also be heard. professionals, who work in the tourism sector, are accustomed to visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.

Tips
  • Arabic is the official language in Oman, but English is also widely spoken.
  • The currency of Oman is the Omani Rial. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted throughout the country, besides there are plenty of ATMs in Oman.
  • Water is considered safe but bottled water is better just in case.
  • Don’t leave Oman without some frankincense, shisha pipe, a coffee Dallah.
  • Oman is a liberal place. However, it is advisable to dress modestly, when entering places of worship (shoulders to knees should be covered).
  • It is offensive to take pictures of people without asking them for permission.
Highlights
  • The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is indeed grand! Explore at the second largest chandelier in the world and the huge prayer rug that took 27 months to weave.
  • Take a 4WD jeep tour to discover the multicolored sand of the desert of the Wahiba Sands.
  • Cruise your way past the breathtaking mountains and relax on cushions and carpets aboard a traditional Omani dhow.
  • Explore the oasis of Al Hamra surrounded by the majestic Hajar Mountains.
  • Indulge in the natural emerald pools of Wadi Bani Khaled.
  • Enjoy Wadi Al Arbiyeen’s Al-Sharqiyah and Al-Hajar Mountains and its deep pools.
  • Have a glimpse of Wadi Ad Dayqah, which is popular for its water flows year-round.
  • Go on adventurous hikes or enjoy some boating Wadi Al Shab.
  • Enjoy Wadi Al Ta’iyeen, an idyllic valley dotted with acacia trees and small hills.
  • Enjoy watching the blind Garra Baremiae fish swim the lake within Al-Hoota cave.
  • Enjoy the paintings and poetry that line the walls of Jabrin Castle.
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