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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.
Is Oman expensive for tourists?
Oman is not cheap, but well worth a visit if you like to travel off the normal tourist route and experience something different, no matter how you travel and how hard you try to save money.
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 to 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, sandboarding, camel trekking and hiking. Oman is famous for the fresh, sea air of breathing. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood does not miss the famous Omani sweets known as Omani Halva. Gum or Omani bread is not easily found outside Oman. But Oman terrain brings the biggest thrills Whether you are looking for fun or adrenaline-pumping adventure, there is no dearth of things to do. You can spend a fun day with dolphins or turtles, or opt for retail therapy in the popular souks. The more adventurous can choose from off-roading, camping, diving, and Wadi-bashing, among other activities. 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. Enjoy watching the blind Garra Baremiae fish swim the lake within Al-Hoota cave. Enjoy Wadi Al Ta’iyeen, an idyllic valley dotted with acacia trees and small hills.
What do I need to do to book Oman Tours and confirm my reservation?
1- Booking a tour is simple. You just need to contact our travel 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. 2- After that, a detailed itinerary that includes all necessary information and plans will be sent to you. 3- At this point, you need to confirm your reservation by paying a deposit. Your reservation will not be confirmed until payment of this deposit is received by Memphis Tours. Finally, The balance of payment will be due on arrival to begin your tour.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How large is Oman?
Oman is the 70th-largest country in the world by area (309,500 total sq. km).
Is Oman a safe country?
Oman is a relatively safe country and serious crime is rare. The Royal Oman Police is notably efficient and honest, driving in Oman calls for attention to the unexpected, It has the second-highest death rate from traffic accidents in the world
Is Oman dangerous for tourists?
Most Omanis are relaxed and polite people, so crime is not in their nature.
Can you drink in Oman?
There is no distinction in Omani law between soft and hard drugs, both are treated with equal severity. Licensed hotels and restaurants sell alcohol. If you live in Oman,you can get a licence to drink alcohol at home from the Royal Oman police. It's an offence to drink, or be drunk, in public.
What should I wear as a visitor to Oman?
Basically, you should wear pants and shirts that cover your ankles all the way to your shoulders, there are some situations where less can be acceptable, women generally should be more covered.
Do I need to rent a car?
Renting a car is recommended only if you are self-traveling.
How long should I visit for?
One week should be a good amount of time to see some sights and relax a little. of course, this depends on what you want to see and do. However, we encourage more time.
When is the best time to visit?
Winter, the closer you can get to the winter solstice the better for temperature. November and February are good months as the temperature isn’t too hot, and there aren’t as many tourists in your way.
Is Oman safe for female Travellers?
Oman is termed as one of the safest countries to travel for solo female travelers in the Middle East. The crime rate in Oman is almost non-existent due to strict legal penalties and punishments.
Is Muscat safe for tourists?
Travel in Muscat, Oman, is considered safe, with no current reports or incidents of terrorist activity, though sleeping giants sometimes awaken. The crime rate is low in Oman compared to the west. Even so, avoid travel in deserted places and after dark, and leave valuables at home or in a secure place.
What is Oman famous for?
Oman is famous for the fresh sea air of breathing. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood do not miss the famous Omani sweets known as OmaniHalva.
What currency is used in Oman?
Omani rial.
What should I wear in Muscat?
Short tops, short skirts/shorts, tight or body-revealing clothes should be avoided entirely. Cotton or other natural fiber shirts or t-shirts, with cotton pants or an ankle-length skirt, are good and do cover your shoulders.
Can you drink the water in Muscat?
While tap water is generally safe to drink, most Omanis drink bottled water and this is widely available.
Are there snakes in Muscat?
Some persons were bitten by snakes and other poisonous reptiles in 2014 in Oman, according to the Ministry of Health figures. There are 22 species of snakes in Oman and most of them are not dangerous. Cobra, vipers and the sea snakes are the most venomous snakes in Oman.
Is Oman the safest country?
Oman safest country in the world to live in. Oman has been ranked first in the world due to its having the fewest incidences of terrorism, a new report has found, the report reflects the absence of terrorist attacks, thanks to the security and political stability that (Oman) enjoys.
What food do they eat in Oman?
Here is a list of the most delicious and traditional Omani food: •Majboos, also named Kabsa, this dish is rice mixed with saffron cooked with spicy red or white meat. •Mashuai, another delicious dish you will find in Oman is the mouth-watering Mashuai! •Mushaltat. •Dates. •Shawarma. •Halwa. •Kahwa. •Harees.
What is the weather like in Oman?
One thing you know about Oman is that the weather is almost perfectly predictable, it is always the same: sunny, hot and arid. The summer temperatures are very high, up to 49 C, the winters are enjoyably moderate. Nights are sultry, it feels as if there is no air to breathe. The rainfall is low, about 100mm (4 inches). Locals say it only rains twice a year.
Why is Oman currency so high?
As for Oman, the reason the rial was initially set to such a high value was that the rial was subdivided into 1000 baisa. The reason for this peg is because oil is valued in US dollars, so the currency's value remains stable relative to the price of oil.
What is the value of 100 Oman Baisa?
Omani Rial is divided into 1000 baisa, As per current conversion rate, 100 Baisa is roughly equal to 17.5 Indian Rupees.
Is Oman currency pegged to USD?
From 1973 to 1986, the rial was pegged to the U.S. dollar at 1 Omani rial = US$2.895. The rate was changed in 1986 to 1 Omani rial = US$2.6008, which translates to approximately US$1 = 0.384497 rial.
What is the meaning of Oman flag?
Colors of the flag are symbolic, with green representing fertility, white represents peace, and this shade of red is common on many regional flags. The national emblem, a (Khanjar Dagger), is displayed upper-left. The dagger and its sheath are superimposed on two crossed swords in scabbards.
What is the capital of Oman?
Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. It is the seat of the Governorate of Muscat.
How long does Oman visa take?
The time required for the arrival of the Oman visa can vary depending on the visa type. The Oman Embassy takes from 2 to 15 days or so to process the visa.
How safe is Muscat Oman?
Muscat is a very safe city. Theft is rare, and people go out of their way to help visitors. There are, however, two dangers that visitors should be aware of: Oman has one of the world's worst records for road accidents, and in Muscat, pedestrians are seldom given right of way, even on zebra crossings.
What is Oman famous for?
Oman is famous for the fresh sea air of breathing. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood do not miss the famous Omani sweets known as OmaniHalva.
What are some interesting facts about Oman?
•Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. •The official name of the country is the Sultanate of Oman. •It is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. •The official language is Arabic.
What should I pack for Oman?
Here is some of the recommended packing list for Oman: •Hiking pants. •Comfortable shoes for hiking. •Hat/something to protect your head. •Sunglasses •Tops covering the shoulders and some long-sleeve T-shirt (white is great against the sun) •Scarf to visit the Mosque
What is the culture of Oman?
Oman has developed its own subsect of Islam, known as Ibadhism, however other strands of Islam such as Sunni and Shi'a are also practiced. With this in mind, the Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan, and other Islamic festivities are very important events in the Omani culture.
How old is Oman?
Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. By the 18th century, the Omani Empire stretched from present-day Oman down the east coast of Africa. A new era began in 1970 when Sultan Qaboos bin Said changed the name of the country from the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman to simply Oman.
Do Muscat taxis take credit cards?
Muscat, passengers taking taxis from Muscat International Airport will be able to make payments seamlessly with credit or debit cards. The secure system, which will also accept contactless card payments, will later be available in all Mwasalat taxis across the Sultanate.
Does careem work in Muscat?
Careem Muscat customers will be able to book the “GO+” car type on the Careem app to order an on-demand taxi. Careem Muscat is the only ride-hailing company in Oman and plans to roll out full services across the country covering all major cities on the country.
What should men wear in Oman?
Omani men usually wear the dishdasha which is a long piece of white or colored cloth that covers them, slippers and kumah, which is their traditional cap. Womenswear a colorful dress with a matching scarf, and put a black abaya on top. Visitors are welcome to wear the Omani traditional outfits, but they don't have to.
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  • Arabic is the official language in Oman, 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.
  • 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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