Useful information about the Sultanate of Oman

Form of Goverment
The Sultanate of Oman is a monarchy and of His Majesty Sultan Quaboos bin Said Al Said governed.

Territory
The size of Oman is 309,500 Quatratkilometer and is divided into 12 provinces and 68 districts.
The capital is Muscat with 1.1 milion inhabitants

Weather
The best time to visit Oman from September to April when temperatures are pleasant. In the summer months from May to August the temperatures are very high and there is often high humidity. Detailed information can be found on www.omantourism.gov.om
All hotels and restaurants, as well as vehicles are equipped with air conditioning.

Time difference
For Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Summer time plus 2 hours
Winter time plus 3 hours
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) plus 4 hours

Population
3.4 milion of which 2.2 milion Omanis, the rest are foreigners, mainly from Asia, Europe and other Arab countries.

Language
Language Arabic is the official language, English is spoken throughout the country and along with Arabic is the official language of business. In the upmarket hotels but also German, French and Italian gesorochen.

Religion
Islam is the official religion in Oman, but all faiths are accepted and can be found in Oman and churches and temples of other religions.

Currency
The currency in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). An Omani Rial is divided into 1000 Baizas. There are 100 and 500 baiza baiza bills, bank notes worth 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Rial. There are also copper coins of 5 and 10 baiza and silver coins of 25 and 50 baiza. Exchange rate: 1 Omanirial is about 2 Euro or 2.6 U.S. Dollar. Money should be changed in exchange offices (money exchange), here you get the current exchange rate, changing in hotels you lose up to 25%. ATMs can be found in Muscat and the larger cities, here you can also with credit cards money will be corrected. In all shopping centers and supermarkets as well as in all the hotels upscale credit cards are accepted.

Visa
Every visitor to Oman need an entry visa.
10 days visa costs 6 Omani Rial
30 days visa will cost 20 Omani Rial

Photograph Photography is allowed in Oman almost anywhere and they will find exceptional designs. The only exceptions are border crossings, military installations and embassies. Photographing people, especially women and their possession is authorized only after prior permission. Please respcet signs on public or private buildings.