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Learn about the ancient habits and traditions of the Arab peninsula and discover in luxury and comfort how life was like in these lands before the economic boom

Oman is the only country in the GCC group of Gulf Arab countries that has not yet been seduced by the skyscrapers that have over taken the rest of the region.  The result is a country where tourists on holiday in Oman can enjoy all the mod cons and standards they would expect in the rest of the Arabian Gulf, but with the added benefit of being able to experience real Arabian hospitality, customs, architecture and cuisine. 

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Omani are extremely welcoming people and they will always do their best to make sure their guests are comfortable. Daily life in Oman revolves around two main buildings: the mosque and the local market. But remember that here the division between the sexes is very present. Both markets, called souq, and mosques have different sections for women and men. The Muslim religion is at the core of everyday life and the days are marked by praying times. Make sure to visit some mosques, such as Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque during your stay. The market is another fundamental social space in Oman. One of the most ancient markets can be found in the city of Sinaw where bedouins bring their own animals, such as camels and goats, to sell. Lastly, if you are planning to rent a car remember that in Oman cars drive on the right side of the road.

The currency of Oman is the Omani rial. One Omani rial is approximately 1.80 pounds. Oman can be quite expensive so make sure to bring enough money with you. First and foremost you need to take into account that public transport in the country is almost nonexistent. This means that, unless you’re going to stay in a resort, you will either have to rent a car or move around with a taxi, which can be expensive. Moreover, there are no hostels in the country, and prices for hotels range from affordable to expensive. In other words, unless you’re planning to camp outside every night, a trip to Oman is never cheap. 

The official language of Oman is Arabic, but English is widely understood and road signs are often in both languages. If you’re staying in Muscat or the second biggest city in the country, Salalah, you shouldn’t worry too much. Even if you are trying to communicate with a person who doesn’t understand you, you will surely find someone nearby who knows English and will be happy to help. Anyway, trying to learn a few basic words or sentences in Arabic, such as ‘thanks’, ‘sorry’, ‘good morning’ and ‘goodbye’ is always a good idea! Other languages spoken in the area are Balochi, a form of Arabic typical of Iran, and Urdu, the primary language used in Pakistan.

But let’s talk about some practicalities! If you have a UK passport you will be able to travel within Oman for a period of up to 10 days, however, if you wish to stay longer, you will have to apply for an online visa. The process of applying for an eViza is very fast and it will only take 24 hours to receive approval. During the online application, you will be asked questions such as passport details, travel itinerary and your education level. In order to apply, you will need a valid passport with at least six months validity, a recent digital photo and your email address. The eVisa will be valid for six months and it will allow you to stay in the country for 30 days. Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible to issue a visa request on arrival so make sure to get one before your departure.

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