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|Located on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the West, and the Republic of Yemen to the South. The United Arab Emirates lies on the North West, and to the East lies the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman|
General Information :
- Climate: Dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south
- Capital: Muscat
- Government type: Monarchy
- National day: 18 November (Birthday of Sultan Qaboos)
- Local time: GMT + 4 hours
- Day off: Friday
- Money. Oman's unit of currency is the Omani Rial, divided into 1000 Baizas. Notes come in denominations of Rials 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 1/2 and 1/4, 200 and 100 Baiza notes are also available. One Rial is equivalent to approximately US$ 2.6 • Payment cards: All major credit cards are accepted in Oman, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club etc. Most retail outlets, hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards as form of payment. In the traditional souqs, cash is the most preferred means for transaction • Automatic bank tellers: Withdrawal can be made from any automatic bank teller found in any region of the country • Traveler's checks: they can be exchanged mainly at the airport, in banks and exchange shops.
- Food. All the hotels and restaurants serve international cuisine, from continental and haute cuisine dining to fast-food items. There are Arabic restaurants offering a great variety of dishes.
- Alcohol. Alcohol is served only in hotels and licensed restaurants and clubs. Drinking alcohol in public is strictly prohibited. It is also illegal to carry alcohol in the car. Drinking and driving is heavily penalised.
- Weather. Summer is between April to September and the weather is hot and humid. Winter begins around October and continues till April and the weather is cool and pleasant. Also there is The Khareef season (Monsoon) in Dhofar Governorate which is characterized by its lovely climate and periodic rain. This season usually starts in July and ends in September.
- Languages. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken. German and French are spoken by hotel staff in addition to Balushi, Urdu and Indian dialects.
- Water. Although tap water is clean, it is advisable to drink bottled water.
- Clothing. For most of the year light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton, are best suited for the Omani climate. At night, light woolens should be comfortable. In the short winter season (December to February), some warm clothing is advisable. To respect Omani traditions, women are requested to wear tops covering the shoulders and non-revealing apparel in public. Beachwear is acceptable only at the beach, as well as in hotel and club premises.
- Business days. All Government offices are closed on Thursday & Friday from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm. The private sector companies work from Saturday through Thursday from 8.00 am till 1.00 pm and from 4.00 pm till 7.00 pm. Some work half day on Thursdays but Friday is a public holiday in Oman. As for the banks, they open from Saturday through Wednesday from 8.00 am to 12 pm and Thursday from 8.00 am to 11.30 am
|Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in UK:
167 Queen's Gate,
London SW7 5HE
Tel : 0207 225 0001
Fax : 0207 589 2505