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Things you should know before travelling to Oman - How to prepare for your trip to Oman

Located in the far eastern region of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is a country which is full of natural beauty. Listed is some useful information about the country that will help you plan your itinerary.


Almost half the country are expatriates

Compared to some of the other countries in the United Arab Emirates, Oman has a population of only 4.6 million people, out of which 46% are expatriates. Most of the people you will see while exploring the country are foreigners from countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan who come to the country seeking higher wages for jobs in the manual labour and service industries. As of such, you'll notice that the country offers a wide variety of food to cater to its diverse population.


It's perfect for road trips

Exploring the natural beauty that Oman has to offer is one of the main reason's the country has a steady influx of tourists. The bus service that operates between the cities is quite reliable and comfortable. But it does not offer you the flexibility to explore some of the lesser-known landmarks and tourist destinations. Renting a four-wheel vehicle and exploring the country at your own pace is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the countries landscape. If you're new to the country or a newbie to off-road driving, hiring a local tour guide is highly recommended. If staying at a hotel like Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara and comfortable travelling alone however, there are several Oman attractions you can check out like the Nizwa and Wahiba Sands desert.


Prepare for a dry vacation

The weather in Oman is very dry so make sure to carry a bottle of water where ever go. Taking a visit to Oman is also the ideal time to go on an alcohol detox as alcohol is hard to find in Oman. Some of the hotels and resorts outside of-of Muscat sell alcohol but the selection you'll find is limited to a few popular international brands that are mass produced. You'll also have to spend quite a bit as the prices for alcohol is quite hefty.


Coffee is served as a sign of hospitality

If you're offered a cup of coffee make sure to politely accept at least one cup as this is the way that Omani people show hospitality. The coffee is served in cups without handles and is bitter as spices are added to the coffee rather than milk like in other countries. The date that is served along with the coffee adds sweetness and helps balance the flavours.


Dress conservatively

Oman is a very religious country and tourists visiting the country are expected to adhere to the countries dress code. Women especially have to make sure to cover their shoulders and wear pants that cover their legs. Exceptions are made around bathing places like swimming pools and wadis but its best you wear a t-shirt over your swimming suit. If you're visiting a mosque make sure to take a scarf to cover your head and wear sandals or slippers to make taking them off easier. If you want to avoid causing discomfort to the locals and avoid crowds try to schedule your visits to wherever you want to visit during the weekdays as most Omani families go sightseeing or shopping during the weekend.