Oman Travel Guide

Overview

The Middle Eastern country of Oman has some incredible sights that range from historic castles to desert canyons and rocky mountains.

The highlight of my trip to Oman would have to be the Nakhal Fort and the Grand Canyon of Oman, and both of these can be visited easily on day trips from the capital city of Muscat.

Read through this complete Oman travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Quick Facts

Language

Arabic; 'Thank you' is 'shoukran'

Religion

Islam

Currency

Capital

Visa

eVisa for 70+ countries

Climate

Arid; hot & dry year round. Coolest months are Dec - Feb

Power Plugs

Apps

Flights

The main international airport of Oman is in Muscat (MCT), which has direct flights from other countries in the Middle East and beyond. You can shop for flights to Oman on Skyscanner.

Safety

Oman is a very safe place to travel. It's probably one of the safest countries in the Middle East or even the world, with an extremely low violent crime rate of 0.66 per 100k inhabitants (90% lower than the global average). Terrorism is generally not an issue here and attitudes toward foreigners seem welcoming. The only thing to note is that Omani culture is conservative, so clothing in public should be modest.

Climate

The climate of Oman is arid, so it's hot and dry year round. The coolest months are from December to February, and this is probably the best time to visit. It can get extremely hot here in the summer. Temperatures average 40 °C (104 °F) from May to July, and don't count on having any trees for shade!

Budget

Oman is a bit harder to do on a budget compared to some nearby countries like Egypt or Jordan, but it can be done. Hostels are not available in Muscat, and private hotels start from 12 Omani Rial ($30 USD). The only other option for accommodation here is camping, which is allowed in many parts of the country. Meal prices are not too bad, costing about 2 to 6 Rials depending on location.

Transportation in Oman is generally by car, and it's preferable to rent and self drive for longer trips. If you need a taxi for short distance trips, the best transportation app in Oman is Otaxi.

Tours

The best Oman tours & activities

Posts

My latest blog posts about Oman

Get In Touch

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