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Sultanate of OMAN

Oman is a Sultanate and its capital, Muscat, is a cosmopolitan, but relaxed city.

How to get there: The Sultanate of Oman has one major international airport, Seeb International Airport in Muscat. Oman is served by the national airline “Oman Air” and offers many direct flights to various destinations worldwide and a variety of connecting flights over Dubai hub.

Visa requirements: Citizens of the following countries will be granted a ‘Single Entry Visit Visa’ upon arrival: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Dar al-Salam, Britain (UK), Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France Germany, Greece, French Guiana, Hong Kong Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedon, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunis, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The visa requirements can change without prior notice.

Currency: The currency of the Sultanate of Oman is the Rial. 100 US$ equals approximately 38 Rial. United Arab Emirates Dirham are also widely accepted.

Hotels, Restaurants and most shops accept all mayor international credit cards.

Languages: Arabic is the official language, but English is spoken and understood in urban areas.

When to visit Oman: The hottest months are June through August with temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit). The most pleasant months to visit Oman are September through April when daytime temperatures fall into the lower 30s and below.
Rainfall remains sparse and occurs only during the months of January through March. However, the Sultanate's climate varies from one region to another.

Business hours: The traditional weekend in Oman is on Friday. Most shopping centers, boutiques, souks and many food shops remain open on a Friday, apart from prayer times (between 11.30am and 1.30pm).

Culture: Oman is a liberal Islamic Sultanate with a rich tradition. Dress code for visitors is expected to be fairly decent. Women should wear tops with sleeves, and long skirts or trousers. Men show their respect by wearing trousers and shirts with sleeves. Swimwear should be restricted to beach or pools areas.

Time: Oman Time is +4 hours GMT. (+3 hours during daylight saving time)

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