Oman is becoming a great travel destination for backpackers. Although the country is not great at self-promotion those who visit the place are just mostly in awe with the country’s green-tint mountains, golden red cliffs, blue seas, and extensive desserts.
If you are planning to go on a luxury holiday, Oman is the perfect place for you. Just make sure to rent a car or book a tour to be able to go around the country’s famous sites since they do not have public buses and trains.
Here Are Some Things You Need to Know Before You Step Foot in Oman
Oman is Safe
While some may think that the country is not safe for tourist since they are surrounded by turmoiled countries which you may not want to visit, but Oman is one of the safest places to be. In fact, they are the only country in the Middle East that received a zero score on the Global Terrorism Index.
Its people also practice a brand of Islam called Ibadi, which is known for its hospitality and openness. Their law also prohibits them to discriminate others based on their religion so even if you are a practising Christian, Jew, or whatever you believe in, there is no need to worry.
Getting an E-Visa
If you take a visa upon arrival, you may expect to go on a long line for that counter. These days, if you get an E-Visa in advance, you will be able to bypass that line and head straight to immigration. This can save you an hour or two.
The immigration line will take 5 to 30 minutes if you arrive during light hours. But if you arrive at the wrong time, this can take up to two hours.
The currency used in Oman in Omani Rial or OMR. You can also use your credit cards for almost all your dealings because they are widely accepted. If you want to withdraw money though you have to find an ATM machine inside shopping malls.
Wifi is mostly available and for free in all restaurants, coffee shops, malls, and the likes. But you have to purchase a local sim card first to connect. The network coverage is mostly excellent so you won’t have a problem with using the net.
Complete your luxury holidays in Oman by driving around the country. If you are on a tight budget during your tour, just rent a sedan rather than a 4×4. While there are a lot of those who go to the country mostly say that you need to drive a 4×4 but you could also make the same trip by just driving a standard sedan and the tour will just be the same.
The local Omani’s love to camp during the weekends and you can even camp near their tents and if you are really lucky they may even invite you for some tea and BBQ.