About Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is a land of scenic plains, wadis, mountains, and golden deserts that occupies a strategic location in the Gulf, and extends from the arid estuaries of Musandam in the North, to the lush greenery of Dhofar in the South. Situated in the South-East of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman boasts of a coastline that runs from the Arabian Sea to the entrance of the Indian Ocean where it overlooks the Strait of Hormuz. Oman shares its borders with the Republic of Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The climate of Muscat is predominantly hot with long, arid summers and warm winters, while the Dhofar region enjoys mild weather all year round. The ideal time to visit Oman is between October and April when temperatures range from 25?C to 35?C during the day, to 17?C to 19?C in the evenings.

Code of Conduct
The Sultanate of Oman is an Islamic country and a certain dress code should be observed with sensitivity. Men should wear long trousers and shirts in public places, while women should have their shoulders and knees covered. Loose cotton garments are ideal throughout the year, although a light jacket/sweater or a shawl may be needed for cooler evenings. Tourist photography is allowed in all places, however taking pictures of the local people is not permitted.

Oman Stock Exchange
All information pertaining to investments, bonds, and mutual funds in Oman and the stock exchange scene of the country can be accessed on the Muscat Securities Market website at www.msm.gov.om. 

Central Bank of Oman
The Central Bank of Oman is responsible for maintaining the internal and external value of the national currency (Omani Rial, denoted as OMR or Rial). It is also the single integrated regulator of Oman’s financial services industry. Information about daily foreign exchange rates and tender deposit results can be collected on www.cbo-oman.org.

There are a number of Arabic and English dailies in the Sultanate, which can be acquired at shopping stores, bookstands, malls, and the airport, or through subscription. For people on the go, all dailies have their e-newspapers online, or apps for smartphones.

Al Shabiba Arabic alshabiba.com
Al Watan Arabic alwatan.com
Times of Oman English timesofoman.com
Oman Tribune English omantribune.com
Muscat Daily English muscatdaily.com
Oman Daily Arabic main.omandaily.om
Oman Observer English main.omanobserver.om


Fact Figures

Capital City Muscat
Area 309,500 sq. kms
Coastline 3,165 kilometers
Population 4,180,110 individuals, inclusive of 1,827,732 non-nationals (as of March, 2014)
Currency Omani Rial (denoted as OMR or RO)
1 Rial=1000 Baizas/2.60 USD
International Dialing Code  +968
Time Zone Gulf Standard Time (GST) +4 Hrs. GMT
Language Arabic, English
Religion Islam
Weekends Friday and Saturday