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.