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Some things to Know before you Travel to Oman - Oh, the Memories you will Make!

Oman is a gorgeous country that offers many things no matter your craving, be it art, adventure or food. Let's look at some things to note before you head on over.


The Weather is Hot

No matter the season, winter, summer, spring or even fall, Oman is a constantly sunny country. You'll find that temperatures vary between 40 – 30 degrees C in the summer and 25 degrees C in the winter. The mountains of Oman are however much cooler during the day, and even more so during the night. Muscat being a coastal city is always hot and humid, Salalah however, has pleasant rainy weather during the summer. Depending on when you plan on travelling to Oman, it is always advisable to check the weather, and always pack light coloured clothing to battle the heat.


It is a Conservative Culture

Oman stems from a deeply religious and background, so they have deep respect for their culture and traditions. This is evident in how they dress and behave in public. Omani men generally wear a dishdasha, which is a long white type of clothing that covers them entirely along with a kummah which is a traditional Omani cap. Women in Oman generally wear a black abaya and a scarf that covers their head. Omani people also wear covered coloured clothing that is uniquely decorated. Even though Omani locals do not expect you to wear the same type of clothing, it is always best to stick with conservative clothes that don't show much skin. Swimsuits on public beaches are generally frowned upon as it is considered disrespectful to their culture.


Food and Drinks

The traditional Omani cuisine consists of dishes that include bread, rice, chicken, beef or fish, special Omani sauces and multiple types of salads. Kahwa which is a traditional Omani beverage consists of coffee flavoured with cardamom is extremely popular with the locals. Dates are almost always served alongside Kahwa. Local and international restaurants also cater to many other types of cuisines, so if you're vegan or vegetarian, you need not worry. Most restaurants and coffee shops also offer fresh juices and soft drinks to quench your thirst, however, purchasing alcohol requires a license that is issued by the police department within a city. Additionally, you'll only find alcohol in international hotels.


Oman is a Safe Country

The Omani people are extremely kind, and their police are extremely efficient, this makes it one of the safest countries in the world. The Omani people always treat their locals and visitors with the warmest welcome and the utmost care, even if you're meeting them for the very first time. Oman is also one of the few countries in the world that is free of terrorism according to the Global Terrorism Index, so never fear about safety. Should you encounter something unpleasant, you can easily talk to the police who will help you out. If you're looking at Oman luxury resorts, you'll find plenty to choose from, like the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar.


Oman is perfect for Adventure

Oman offers a wide variety of natural attractions that make it perfect for many activities and adventures. You'll be able to try hiking, rock climbing, diving, snorkelling or even go on boat rides. Oman's Sea, deserts and oasis offer visitors exciting options for adventures to choose from.