The Essentials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - OMAN -

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT + 4

Lan­guage: The na­tional lan­guage is Ara­bic, al­though English is widely spo­ken through­out the coun­try. Other com­mon lan­guages are Hindi and Swahili.

Wa­ter: It is ad­vised to drink bot­tled wa­ter only

Pol­i­tics: Oman has an ab­so­lute monar­chy where the Sultan of Oman is both head of state and also the head of govern­ment.

Elec­tri­cal Cur­rent/Plugs: Elec­tri­cal cur­rent is 220/240 volts AC and plugs are stan­dard UK ones with three square pins.

Tips: A ser­vice fee of 15-20% is gen­er­ally in­cluded in restau­rants and ho­tels and so Omani staff do not usu­ally ex­pect an ad­di­tional tip. Nev­er­the­less, tips can be given as recog­ni­tion for good ser­vice and will be ac­cepted.

Cul­tural tips: Par­tic­u­lar sen­si­tive­ness is ad­vised when tak­ing photos. Photos of peo­ple should only be taken with their per­mis­sion. Photos of pray­ing peo­ple, sol­diers, po­lice­men, and of­fi­cial build­ings – such as po­lice, mil­i­tary, and bor­der de­part­ments, as well as oil fa­cil­i­ties – should not be taken. Mosques and sa­cred sites are usu­ally al­lowed to be pho­tographed from the out­side.

Dress: It is pru­dent to wear con­ser­va­tive cloth­ing i.e. both men and women should cover shoul­ders, arms and knees and women should wear head­scarves in­side a mosque. When en­ter­ing a house or a mosque, shoes should be re­moved.

Al­co­hol: Con­sum­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages in pub­lic is pro­hib­ited al­though it is served in ho­tel restau­rants, ho­tel bars, and pri­vate clubs. Out­side larger cities, tourists are rare. and so the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion is not used to them.

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