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    General Visitor Information

     

    1. Visitors can drive around the country freely as long as they have valid international driving licenses. Most car hire agencies have offices at Seeb international Airport, in Muscat and in Salalah.

     

    2. Nightclubs and discotheques are found in the larger hotels, and alcoholic beverages are served in licensed hotels and restaurants only.

     

    3. A permit from the Department of Castles and Forts at the ministry of National Heritage and Culture is needed to visit archeological sites and old forts. ( Tel 602555)

     

    4. For most of the year, light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton, are best suited to Oman's climate. To comply with Omani traditions, it is advised not to wear revealing dresses or swimming costumes in residential areas. From December to March a light wrap may be required in the evening.

     

    5. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken in the capital area.

     

    6. The official religion of Oman is Islam. Mosques are found almost everywhere for Muslims with the accompanied facilities. Other worshippers can perform their religions in several churches and temples mainly in Muscat. look to reference above for addresses.

     

    7. Oman time is Greenwhich Mean Time plus four hours all year through. No daylight savings is observed in summer.

     

    8. The unit of currency is the Rial Omani (R. O.) comprising 1,000 Baizas. One R.O. is equal to about U.S. $ 2.58. (info)

     

    Official Hours

    1. Ministries and government establishments:

    7:30 am to 2:30 pm (Sat-Wed, week-end is Thr. and Fri )

    2. Private sector companies:

    8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 7:00pm (SAt-Wed)

    8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursdays.

    3. Markets:

    8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 9:00pm except Mutrah souq which closes at 7:30pm.

    4. Banks: 8:00 am to 12 noon.

    5. Museums: 7:30 am to 2:00pm except Thr/Fr and official holidays.

     

    Visa Procedure

    Tourists visas can be obtained through travel agencies as well as hotels as long as you stay at the hotel. Three passport size photos and a photocopy of the passport are required. It can take three to ten days to obtain a tourist visa with a validity period of three months, and actual period of stay of one month. Citizens of the Arab Gulf countries do not need visa to enter Oman.

     

    Hotel Accommodations

    Detailed hotel addresses and contacts are provided by the following links:

     

    Car Hire (more details)

    Avis

    Offices at Al Falaj Hotel (tel 702311); Al Bustan Palace Hotel (799666 ext 487); Muscat InterContenetal Hotel (600500 ext 8399); Salalah (291145); Seeb International Airport (519176); Sheraton Oman Hotel (799899)

    Budget Rent-A-Car

    Offices at Ruwi Novotel (794721); Salalah Holiday Inn (235160); Seeb International Airport (510816 - 24hrs)

    Europcar

    Offices at mutrah Buisiness District (700190); Muscat Holiday inn (697123 ext 563)

    Toyota Rant-A-Car

    Offices at Gulf Hotel (560100 ext 820); Seeb International Airport (510224)

     

    Tour Operators 

    (Note to Operators: Some phone numbers have recently been changed, please let us know if your numbers needed to be updated here, thank you.)

    AL HADITHA TOURS 
    PO Box  198, Postal Code 114. 
    Tel:  (968) 604902 
    Fax: (968)  692681 
    E.mail: alhadtrs@omantel.net.om

    AL HASHAR TOURS 
    PO Box  1503, Muttrah Postal Code 114 
    Tel:  (968) 7736338 / 568428 
    Fax: (968)  7730938 / 568428 
    E.mail: ahtours@
    omantel.net.om

    AL TAMAYIM TOURISM 
    PO Box  244, Postal Code 119. 
    Tel:  (968) 601061 / 600961 
    Fax: (968)  601082 
    E.mail: altatour@
    omantel.net.om 

    AL GHADEER TOURS 
    PO Box  83, Postal Code 122, Marbellah. 
    Tel:  (968) 9323399 / 9325441 
    Fax: (968)  590558 
    E.mail: riyadhgm@
    omantel.net.om

    ARABESQUE TOURS
    PO Box  1244, Postal Code 131, Muscat.
    E.mail: ArabesqueTours@omanholiday.co.uk

    ARABIAN SEA SAFARIS 
    PO Box 2785, CPO Seeb Airport, Postal Code 111. 
    Tel:  (968) 693224  
    Fax:  (968) 693223 
    E.mail: arabseas@
    omantel.net.om

    BAHWAN TRAVEL AGENCIES 
    PO Box 282, Muscat, Postal Code 113.  
    Tel:  (968) 704455.  
    Fax:  (968) 700483 
    Location: Central Business District 
    E.mail: topclass@
    omantel.net.om

    BRAEMA TOURS 
    PO Box 2789, CPO 111, Muscat. 
    Tel:  (968)  9375243  
    Fax:  (968)  555591 

    DARRAN TOURS 
    PO Box 2540, Postal Code 111, Seeb.   
    Tel:  (968) 607311, 607312 
    Fax:  (968) 607552
    E.mail: darran@
    omantel.net.om


    EIHAB TRAVELS 
    PO Box 889, Muscat, Postal Code 113. 
    Tel:  (968) 796387  
    Fax:  (968) 793849
    E.mail: eihabtra@
    omantel.net.om

    EMPTY QUARTER TOURS 
    PO Box 9, Postal Code 115, Medinat Qaboos. 
    Tel:  (968) 957093 
    Fax:  (968) 698292



    GULF VENTURES 
    PO Box 985, Ruwi, Postal Code 112. 
    Tel:  (968) 700326, 751357 
    Fax: 795237  
    E.mail: sunilp@inchcape.com

    GLOBAL TOURS 
    PO Box 133 Al Khuwair Postal Code 494 
    Tel:  (968) 695959 
    Fax:  (968) 695969 
    E.mail: globtour@
    omantel.net.om

    KHASAB TRAVEL & TOURS
    PO Box 50, Khasab, Postal Code 811 
    Tel:  (968) 830464, 830905 
    Fax:  (968) 830364
    E.mail: khastour@
    omantel.net.om 

    MEZOON TRAVEL 
    PO Box 629, Muscat, Postal Code 113. 
    Tel:  (968) 796680 - 85 
    Fax: (968) 795721 
    E-mail: mzt@omzest.com

    MIDLAND TOURISM 
    PO Box 426, Postal Code 113, Muscat. 
    Tel: (968) 566524 
    Fax: (968) 566524 
    E.mail:  alwosta@
    omantel.net.om

    NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM (NTT)
    PO Box 962, Muscat, Postal Code 113.     
    Tel:  (968) 566046 
    Fax:  (968) 566125 

    OMAN DISCOVERY

    PO Box  3932, Ruwi, Postal Code 112, 
    Tel:  (968) 706424  
    Fax: (968) 706463 

    OMAN GEO TOURS 
    PO Box 122, Mina Al Fahal, Postal Code 116. 
    Tel:  (968) 536629 
    Fax: (968) 536460 

    OMAN ORIENT TOURS 
    PO Box 409,  Postal Code 113, Muscat.  
    Tel:  (968) 685066 
    Fax: (968) 683491 

    SEA TOURISM Co. LLC.
    PO Box  6, Postal Code 117
    Tel:  (968) 736700 
    Fax: (968)  739700
    E.mail: rachidbentalib@hotmail.com

    OMANI TRAVEL & TOURISM BUREAU (OTTB) 
    PO Box 532, Al Wadi Al Kabir, Postal Code 117, Muscat. 
    Tel:  (968) 789845,  789846, 789847 
    Fax:  789843, 789836 
    E.mail: niche@
    omantel.net.om

    TOUR OMAN 
    PO Box 1694, Muttrah, Postal Code 114.  
    Tel: 799966, 708154, 751844
    Fax: 796716  

    AL NAHTHA 
    (agent for tours by Heide Beal) 
    PO Box 2031, Postal Code 112, Ruwi. 
    Tel:  (968) 799928, 795206  
    Fax:  (968) 799928  

    NOMADIC ADVENTURES & TOURS
    P.O. Box 517, Postal Code 133, Al Khuwair

    Tel.: (968) 9316507 / 9336273
    Fax: (968) 685507

    E-Mail: mail@nomadic-adventures.com

    UNITED TOURS 
    PO Box 599, Muttrah, Postal Code 114. 
    Tel:  (968) 787448/49 
    Fax:  (968) 784226 
    E.mail: utours@
    omantel.net.om 

    ZUBAIR TOURS 
    PO Box 833, Ruwi, Postal Code 112. 
    Tel:  (968) 708081, 708071 
    Fax:  (968) 787564, 782236 

  • Additional Resources: Shanfri Tours, OmanAccess Info

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    Oman code number is 968, there is no city or province codes. Calls can be made direct to any phone number from outside Oman, e.g. from US; 011-968-123456. Please be advised that any of the numbers mentioned here may change at anytime. 

     



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