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    Picturesque Suhaar.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit the picturesque city of Suhar and the quaint little town of Nizwah. Nizwah has a fort, which has a Souk (local market). Caution: Don't enter the Souk on your cars for the lanes are extremely narrow.

    Fondest memory: Ability of females to go places with our families and not being bothered that we are being watched. The picture shows 3 of us families standing in front of the Fort on the way to Nizwah. I am on the extreme right side wearing an Abaya, the traditional covering black robe of the Arabian peninsula.

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  • srhussaini's General Tip

    by srhussaini Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The Sultanate of Oman, occupying the south-eastern section of the Arabian Peninsula, is a culturally rich country with some of the most magnificent natural scenery in the world. Its long history and ancient traditions are strengths that have underpinned its modern development guided by its Government, which is led by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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    In Muscat : alqurm Beach,...

    by amdbadi Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: In Muscat : alqurm Beach, Aljusah beach, Mutrah dark Market, alqurm Park, military museme, natural museme. In nizaw: the tradional Market, the Fort, falaj Dares. In bahla: Jabrin Castel. in Sohar : the fort, the farms, wadi haibi. in Salalah: go there at summer , it is the paradise in the desert. Sur : the beach, Fish market, the fort. Others, wadi shap, wahaiiba desert.

    Fondest memory: I am living here, so what i can say more than that i love my country.

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  • Muttrah souk is a must...

    by loobiedoo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Muttrah souk is a must especially for those that like a good barter, the silver bit is my favorite part and it is very cheap

    Fondest memory: The thing I miss most is the people and just the general laid back way of life, could be a bit annoying if you want to get anything done but hey

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    How do I get a visa to come to...

    by evliyasems Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: How do I get a visa to come to Oman?

    You can apply for a visa through the Oman Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or that country nearest to you.

    To query any of the information listed below, please contact the Royal Oman Police, Residency and Passports department (ropnet@omantel.net.om).

    Information correct as at time of going to publication (6 January 2002) and extracted from Royal Oman Police website (www.rop.gov.om)

    Tourist Visas

    These are issued to foreigners for the purpose of tourism. The visa is valid for six months from the date of issue. If it is issued by the Sultanate's missions abroad with the coordination of the authorities concerned it must be stamped within one month from the date of issue only and must be utilized within one month from the date of stamping on the passport. Visas are valid for a maximum stay of three weeks from the date of entry and can be extended once for a period not exceeding one week. The cost of a tourist visa is RO 5 and w.e.f. January 5th 2002, can be purchased at Seeb International Airport. It allows for multiple entries.

    Business Visas

    These may also be purchased at Seeb International Airport and cost RO 7.

    Multi-trip Business Visa

    This is issued at the request of a local sponsor and on the sponsor's responsibility to foreign businessmen who wish to enter the country more than once. It is also issued to diplomats accredited to the Gulf Cooperation Council States. It is valid for entry six months from the date of issue and its validity varies between six months to one year from the date of the passport stamp. Holders of this visa must stay in the country for a period not exceeding three weeks each visit. For American and British nationals, the multi-entry visa is valid for two years and allows stays in the Sultanate for six months each visit in accordance with the principle of reciprocity. The visa is renewable.

    Conditions:

    1. The visitor must have visited the same sponsor at least once on a Commercial or Urgent Visa.

    2. The visitor must be in the country when the application is submitted.

    3. The visitor must personally appear for finger-printing

    Attachments required:

    1.The specified visa application form, typewritten and signed and stamped by the sponsor.

    2. Two 4x6cm photographs of the applicant.

    3. The original and a copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for not less than three months.

    4. A copy of the authorized signatures issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

    5. Valid copy of company's certificate of membership with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

    6. Covering letter with application from the sponsor.

    The competent authority has the right to request any other documentation it deems necessary and has the right to refuse any visa application without giving any reason.

    Employment Visas

    These are issued at the request of a local sponsor and on the sponsor's responsibility to the applicant, who must be at least 21 years old. The visa is valid for entry, six months from the date of issue. Visas are valid for a maximum stay of two years from the date of entry of the date of the passport stamp. The visa is renewable for similar periods as dictated by work. It allows multiple entries by air.

    Requirements:

    1. The sponsor must be a competent local person who is responsible for the accuracy of the data entered on the application.

    2. The beneficiary of the visa must be at least 21, but not older than 50 years.

    3. The gender of the sponsored employee must be the same as that which is mentioned in the work permit issued by the DG of Labour Affairs.

    4. The profession mentioned in the employment visa application must be the same as the one mentioned in the NOC (clearance certificate)

    Attachments required:

    1. Specified visa application form, typewritten, signed and stamped by the sponsor.

    2. Two 4x6cm photographs of the applicant.

    3. Copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for not less than three months.

    4. Work permit from the DG of Labour Affairs (clearance) and a copy of the application.

    5. If the application is to be made by a person other than the sponsor, the representative must hold authorization, in writing, from the sponsor. The DG of Labour Affairs and the DG of Passports and Residences (www.rop.gov.om) should authenticate this authorization.

    6. For persons arriving from certain countries (www.rop.gov.om), a copy of a medical certificate from a certified clinic must be provided.

    Notes:

    1. If the employee concerned has worked previously in the Sultanate but hasn't been away from the country for two years, a certified release letter must be obtained from the previous sponsor. This release letter must state that there is no objection for the employee to work with any other sponsor and cancels the requirement that an employee must complete two years outside of the Sultanate before returning to work with a different sponsor.

    2. If the application is for the transfer of the sponsorship inside the country, a release letter from the sponsor should be attached, together with the application to be certified by the DG of Labour Affairs. Any fines of delay must be settled upon the submission of the document.

    3. Certain nationalities, such as Sudanese and Filipino, need special employment permits. Their working contracts must be authorized by their respective governments represented by the specific embassies in the Sultanate and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The competent authority has the right to request any other documentation it deems necessary and has the right to refuse any visa application without giving any reason.

    Investor's Residency Visa

    Requirements: These visas are issued to foreigners who wish to invest in the country.

    The visa is valid for entry six months from the date of issue and is valid for a maximum stay of two years from the date of entry or passport stamp. It is renewable for a similar period and grants multiple entries to the country.

    Conditions:

    The Investor or Partner must obtain the approval of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to invest in the Sultanate.

    Attachments Required:

    1. Specified visa application form, typewritten, signed and stamped by the sponsor.

    2. Two 4x6cm photographs of the applicant.

    3. Copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for not less than three months.

    4. Both the original and a copy of the partnership certificate, issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (www.mocioman.gov.om)

    5. Copy of specimen of authorized signatures issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

    6. Valid copy of the membership certificates with the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (www.omanchamber.org and pubrel@omanchamber.org)

    7. If the application is to be made by a person other than the sponsor, the representative must hold authorization, in writing, from the sponsor. The DG of Labour Affairs and the DG of Passports and Residences (www.rop.gov.om) should authenticate this authorization.

    The competent authority has the right to request any other documentation it deems necessary and has the right to refuse any visa application without giving any reason.

    Short Visit Visas

    These visas are valid for a maximum stay of 14 days from the date of entry.

    Conditions:

    1. The applicant must have a valid passport from those countries listed on the ROP website (www.rop.gov.om/ropenglish/page/Passports.htm)

    2. He must have a sufficient amount of money.

    3. He must have a valid ticket.

    4. Before being allowed entry, he must complete his full details on the specified card.

    5. It allows one entry only.

    6. It cannot be extended, unless in an emergency.

    7. It is only issued at Seeb International Airport and the departure must take place from here also.

    8. Visa fees are RO 20.000. An extension in the event of an emergency will cost RO 10.000.

    The competent authority has the right to request any other documentation it deems necessary and has the right to refuse any visa application without giving any reason.

    Family Joining/Family Residence Visas

    Family Joining Visa: This visa is issued to the wife and children of a sponsored resident foreigner and also to the foreign wife of an Omani national at his request, supported by a certificate verifying the marriage.

    Family Residence Visa: This visa is issued to foreigners who are not eligible for the Family Joining Visa. It is valid for entry within 6 months of its issue date; valid for residence in Oman for two years from the date of entry; renewable; multi-entry.

    Requirements: The sponsor must be a competent local sponsor and responsible for the accuracy of data entered.

    Children must not be above 28 years (Gregorian calendar)

    Brothers and sisters (to the applicant) must not be over 18 years.

    Application attachments:

    1. Specified visa application form, typewritten, signed and stamped by the sponsor.

    2. Two 4x6cm photographs of the applicant.

    3. Copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for not less than three months.

    4. Copy of the resident's passport who is applying to bring in his family.

    5. Duplicate of the employment contract co-signed by the sponsor and the foreign employee and copy of the employee's valid labour card.

    6. The 'Undertaking Form' specified for the family-joining visa applications co-signed by the sponsor and the employee.

    7. Proof of the relationship between the resident foreigner and the person who is to join him/her, unless the passports prove the relationship. Marriage contracts, attested by the national embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will suffice.

    8. Copy of specimen of the authorized signatures issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (public@mocioman.gov.om). If the sponsor is an individual citizen, attach a copy of the sponsor's ID card for signature comparison.

    9. If the application is to be made by a person other than the sponsor, the representative must hold authorization, in writing, from the sponsor. The DG of Labour Affairs and the DG of Passports and Residences (www.rop.gov.om) should authenticate this authorization.

    10. For persons aged 15 and above, arriving from certain countries (www.rop.gov.om), a copy of a medical certificate from a certified clinic must be provided.

    11. Copies of both parents' passports.

    The competent authority has the right to request any other documentation it deems necessary and has the right to refuse any visa application without giving any reason.

    Those who enter Oman on a Family Joining/Family Residence Visa must not work.

    Addition of a Child to a Parental Visa

    Requirements: Completed specified form (obtain from your national embassy); copies of parents' passports; copies of the birth certificate attested by both your national embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if born outside the Sultanate); letter from sponsor; two photographs.

    Permits for Entry of Newborn Babies

    Requirements: Type-written form signed by the sponsor; letter from the sponsor; copy of the birth certificate attested by your national embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; copies of the parents' passports.

    Permits for Departure without Accompanied Children

    Requirements: Completed application form; letter from the sponsor explaining the reason for the departure of the person with 'accompanied children'; confirmation from sponsor to settle legal status in the event that the individual does not return. The sponsor must also mention the names of the children who are not accompanying the traveller and the person who is taking care of the children in the traveller's absence.

    Road Permits

    Road permits are issued to enable foreign residents in the Sultanate to visit the Omani territories over the borders. There are four types of road pass:

    1. Single Entry. (RO 3.000)

    2. Multiple Entry: valid for a period of less than three months (RO 5.000)

    3. Multiple Entry: valid for a period of three to six months. (RO 10.000)

    4. Multiple Entry: valid for a period of six to twelve months. (RO 15.000)

    Requirements: Completed form, signed by the sponsor; letter of application approved by the sponsor; copy of the foreign resident's passport with valid residency and copy of the valid labour card; two photographs.

    Foreign Residents in the GCC visiting the Sultanate

    Foreign residents of high income category residing in other GCC states are permitted to enter the Sultanate without sponsors. The permits can be obtained from Oman's overseas missions or directly at air or border checkpoints against a fee of RO 3.

    The Oman-Dubai visa allows tourists to move between the countries on a single visa. There are no longer regulations stating that the tour group must contain a minimum of seven persons.

    Transit Visas

    These are issued by the competent authority at the air carrier's request. It is valid for a maximum stay of 72 hours and allows one entry into the Sultanate. Passengers must be in transit; travelling to another country from where they have departed. Those eligible for the transit visa must have to stay for longer than six hours in Seeb Airport.

    Sailors' Transit Visas

    These are issued to sailors who wish to enter by sea and depart by air (or vice versa) due to urgent reasons. The visa is valid for entry within 3 months from the date of issue and is valid for a maximum stay of one week from the date of entry.

    Requirements: Completed Sailors' Transit Visa form outlining reasons for application; copy of sailor's valid passport; letter of application from agent.

    Study Visas

    These are issued at the request of a local sponsor and on the sponsor's responsibility to the foreigner coming to the Sultanate. The sponsor must have a license for establishing an educational or training institute issued by the authorities.

    The visa is valid for entry, six months from the date of issue. It is valid from one to two years from the date of entry. It can be extended for a similar period in cases of study continuity and allows multiple entries.

    Conditions:

    The sponsor must be a legally competent local sponsor who is responsible for the accuracy of the application and must possess a license for teaching and receiving students from abroad for schooling by the authorities concerned.

    Attachments required:

    1. Specified visa application form, typewritten, signed and stamped by the sponsor.

    2. Two 4x6cm photographs of the applicant.

    3. Copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for not less than three months.

    4. Copy of specimen of authorized signatures issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

    5. If the application is to be made by a person other than the sponsor, the representative must hold authorization, in writing, from the sponsor.

    6. Copy of the results of a medical examination conducted by approved clinics for students from certain countries (www.rop.gov.om/ropenglish/page/Passports.htm)

    7. Copy of the approval of the authorities concerned for the sponsor to bring a student from abroad to study.

    The competent authority has the right to request any other documentation it deems necessary and has the right to refuse any visa application without giving any reason.

    Visas for Musical or Entertainment Groups

    These are issued at the request of a local sponsor and on the responsibility to the foreigner coming to the Sultanate on the condition that the sponsor must have a license from the authorities concerned. The visa is valid for entry, six months from the date of issue and is valid for a period of two months from the date of entry. It can be extended for one month only, subject to the renewal of the license. It provides multiple entries.

    Conditions:

    1. The sponsor must be a competent local sponsor and is responsible for the accuracy of the date entered on the form.

    2. The sponsor must possess a permit to organize entertainment group events.

    3. The sponsor must have a license for bringing musical and entertainment groups from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (www.rop.gov.om), the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture (www.mnhc.gov.om), the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (www.mocioman.gov.om) and the Directorate General of Tourism (dgt@mocioman.gov.om)

    Attachments required:

    1. The specified visa application, typewritten, signed and stamped by the sponsor.

    2. License issued by the Criminal Investigation Directorate, the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and the DG of Tourism.

    3. Two 4x6cm photographs of the applicant.

    4. Copy of the applicant's passport which must be valid for not less than three months.

    5. Copy of specimen of authorized signatures issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

    6. Valid copy of certificate of membership with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

    Notes:

    1. If a person other than the sponsor submits the application, then this person must be an Omani national with authorization from the sponsor certified by the DG of Labour Affairs and by the DG of Passports and Residency.

    2. The application must contain the same name of the entertainer or group mentioned in the permit.

    2. Do I need a health certificate to live and work in Oman?

    As from 1 August 2001, all expatriates seeking residency and employment in Oman must have a health certificate from their home country stating that they are free from illness and not carrying any communicable diseases.

    Previously, the Communicable Diseases Control Department has issued health certificates for workers passing the stringent examinations. However, CDC also has to reject certain cases: many expatriates have to spend considerable amounts of money to enter Oman, only to find that they fail the health tests and are returned to their home country.

    Additionally, children aged 12 and above will also need to supply health certificates as from 1 August 2001 in order to apply for a residency permit.

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    Stay in a Othe at sea, the...

    by Carlo-B. Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Stay in a Othe at sea, the best one is the Albustan palace hotel which the ex sumer residence of the sultan of Oman. From there visit the beautiful sand's dunes in the south, the little city of Muscate with the Bazar and the fish market. Visit the village of Al Nizwa and the legendary village of al Misfath.Take some baths in the naturale swimmingpools (Wadis) which ae scattered through the whole country, especially the north part of it.

    The Picture shows a view of the famous al misfath village.

    Fondest memory: The village of al misfath, The Albustan palace

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    Buy some antique Silver...

    by ersatz Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Buy some antique Silver Jewellery. In the old days,silver St.Teresa talers from Austria were commonly used as payment for Frankincense exported to Europe so they entered as a currency in Oman, but were also used to fashion necklaces, or melted down into other forms of jewellery. Beware the modern copies which have a low silver content. They can be recognised by their bright finish, but may be artificially aged and passed off as antiques at high prices .

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    Oman is -- I think -- the...

    by DesertRat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Oman is -- I think -- the single most interesting country in the Arabian Gulf. Yemen would be its only competition in the region, for Oman has everything: scenery, local population in ethnic dress, superb beaches and diving, not to mention more rock climbing opportunities than almost anywhere. If I had a short term visitor and could take him/her to only one place, it would surely be a 4x4 trip up to the top of Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain (ca. 3,000 m).

    Fondest memory: Omanis out in the Interior. If you're in trouble -- a car breakdown or something -- the first car to pass will stop and lend assistance, no questions asked and no fee required. Or if you're walking through a village, you're likely to be invited in for refreshments in someone's home.

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  • Drive 4-wheel through the...

    by ashvinlima Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Drive 4-wheel through the route that takes you to 'Tiwi' and 'SUR' and along the coast. The drive is absloutely fantastic

    Fondest memory: The courteous people. They stop while driving to let pedestrians walk across busy shopping areas (Something you'll only dreamn about in India - where I live...)

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    see business district in Ruwi....

    by MProcher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see business district in Ruwi. Most big Omani and foreign companies are located there. Modern architecture, perfect asphalt, almost new cars - this is modern life in Muscat.

    Fondest memory: pic shows: Markaz Mutrah at-Tijari Street with the clock tower at it's end

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    then see the contrast of a new...

    by MProcher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: then see the contrast of a new built, ultra modern shoppling mall. This is CCC (something with comercial center)in Qurum, where you can buy everything from cheese to postcards, from batteries to a new car, ... There is even the countries oldest internet cafe.

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    walk through the last...

    by MProcher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: walk through the last preserved Suqs. These old traditional Arabian markets were mostly changed into a modern area with normal single shops in a normal street in a normal ...
    The traditional Suq in Mutrah is really worth a visit. You can walk through the small streets, sorted by branches and enjoy Arabian flair, colours, smells, tastes ...

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    spend some days in Muscat. The...

    by MProcher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: spend some days in Muscat. The better name is Capital Area. The old Muscat - a small city at the eastern coast of Capital Area - is only a part of the wide spread dwelling area.

    Separated by various low level deserted mountains, Capital Area consists of different parts: Muscat in the East, Mutrah in the Northeast, Ruwi a bit Southwest of these two, further West there are Qurum and Khuwair - and many others, smaller and less important.
    While Muscat and Mutrah have preserved some old buildings and some traditional Arabic charme with their Suqs and the corniches, Ruwi is the business district where most the important companies have their headquarters.

    Fondest memory: pic shows view over a part of a living area in Ruwi

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    Part of the Arabic peninsula

    by henri123 Written Dec 26, 2011

    Favorite thing: JAZIRAT AL ARAB (ARABIC PENINSULA)

    A TOTAL OF 10 INDEPENDANT COUNTRIES.

    KINGDOMS, REPUBLICS, EMIRATES AND ONE SULTANAT

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    Muscat

    by norain Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Muscat is a very clean city. All buildings are in concrete in Arab style. There is no skyscrapers. But the Muscat attractions are so spread out.

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