The Sultanate of Oman is one of the most fascinating
countries in the Middle East, renowned for its spectacular
geographical beauty and cultural diversity. It has a diverse range
of history, heritage and climate conditions. Thousands of years ago,
Oman was known by Magan (a Sumerian name).
The Sultanate of Oman lies in
the South-western part of Asia, on the southeast coast of the
Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the
northwest, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the west, and the Republic
of Yemen in the southwest. With a total land area of 309,500 square
kilometers, Sultanate of Oman is the third largest country in the
Sultanate of Oman is four hours ahead of GMT
and there are no daylight saving time changes.
The country’s climate is predominantly arid and varies slightly from
one region to another. In the coastal areas, the weather is hot and
humid during the summer months, while it is dry elsewhere in the
interior. Milder weather dominates the mountains and Dhofar region
all the year round. March temperatures can be as low as 25 degrees
Celsius in Muscat.
Services: Omani Rials as well
as US Dollars (US$) are accepted in Muscat. Money can be exchanged
at the Airport on arrival at the banks and other authorized money
exchange agencies on the presentation of passport. The current
exchange rate is approximately one US$ to 0.39 Omani Rials. Major
credit cards and travelers checks are also accepted.
Electricity in Oman is 240 volts at 50 Hertz. Any device which does
not accept 240 volts at 50 Hertz needs a voltage converter.
Travelers with computers, shavers, and other appliances should carry
a plug adapter kit.