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10 Oman Travel Tips To Know Before You Go! – All you need to know

Oman is a Middle Eastern country which is much less travelled than its glitzy neighbours. Here's all you need to know before heading to this mesmerizing country.


What do I wear?

First and foremost, a common presumption is that Oman is a rather conservative country. While this statement contains some truth to it, it's fast becoming a very modern country. You'll spot a lot of men donning a dishdasha (a long white robe), and women wearing abayas. While you're not expected to wear this traditional clothing, it's best if you dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees – this is especially important if you plan to visit religious sites.


Will I be safe?

Safety is the age-old question when it comes to global travel! You don't have to fret when visiting Oman, as it is said to be one of the safest countries in the world with an all-time low crime rate.


What is the currency used?

Omani Rial is the currency of Oman and is known to be one of the strong currencies. However, most locations accept credit cards for payment but having cash comes in handy for entrance tickets, gratuity and shopping.


How good is Omani cuisine?

If you're a lover of food and enjoy experimenting with different cuisine, you're going to enjoy Omani food without a doubt! No matter where you are in Oman, there's always a spot for some great food. Among the many things to do in Nizwa, trying out authentic dishes at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort should be at the very top of your list. You'll come to the fast realisation that Omani cuisine is the perfect balance of African, Indian, Persian and Mediterranean influences.


Should I visit the mountains?

The mountains of Oman will transport you to an entirely different dimension. The Al Hajar mountains are a highlight and offer a welcoming respite from the heavy sun and humidity of Oman. The rugged landscapes and sceneries also make for amazing photographs!


Is Oman a big desert?

The other overly common question is whether Oman is just entirely desert and the answer is a big fat nope! While certain areas of Oman are desert, the major cities look a world apart. If you do want to explore the desert, however, the options are endless and natural beauty is at its peak.


What is a famous beverage in Oman?

When in Oman, don't miss out on trying out Qahwa! Part of their culture, Omani's huge coffee drinkers and Qahwa is the signature coffee drink. Brewed together with rose water, cloves and cardamom; it's quite the treat.


Is Oman famous for dates?

Omani dates are another delicacy to not miss. Boasting dates of all kinds, sizes and colours, you won't be at a loss for dates. Oman has ample.


How do I get about it?

The best way to travel and explore Oman is to hire a private vehicle or rent a car to drive around. This is important because public transport is almost non-existent in Oman!


Do Omanis speak English?

The official language of Oman is Arabic and is widely spoken. However, a lot of people can also converse in English so you're unlikely to find language a huge barrier.