Oman lies on the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The country is bordered by Yemen on the southwest and Saudi Arabia on the west. The northern tip of Oman, the Musandam Peninsula, is separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. The peninsula lies on the strategic Strait of Hormuz. This narrow waterway separates the Persian Gulf from the Indian Ocean, which opens to the east of the Gulf of Oman.
There’s a wealth of natural beauty here, and some formidable mountain ranges to tackle. Oman is the site of more than 1,000 desert forts. In the old days, date honey was poured onto the heads of would-be invaders. These days, you’re more likely to be met with a smile.
Temperatures in Oman may reach 130 °F (54.4 °C) during the summer.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 3.3 million
LANGUAGE: Arabic, English, Baluchi, Urdu
CURRENCY: Riai Omani
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220/240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: OM
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +968
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +4
There is an underlying threat from terrorism in Oman. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreign travellers.
You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places. You should avoid large gatherings and demonstrations.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk