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  • The beautifull mountain landscape above...

    Last year my husband and I were in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We intended to go as well to Oman but due to one and another reasons finnaly we decided to vizit Oman next year (2014).These time we spent more time about how to vizit Muscat. First of all, when we have a rent car from Dubai, we have to have a special insurance paper for that car which...

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  • Part of the Arabic peninsula

    JAZIRAT AL ARAB (ARABIC PENINSULA)A TOTAL OF 10 INDEPENDANT COUNTRIES.KINGDOMS, REPUBLICS, EMIRATES AND ONE SULTANAT

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  • Renting a car in Oman

    HII had a canadian drivers licence, they didnot accept it, at that time we had no photo on the license, also they like to have a number on the license!I had also a very old french license with a very old picture but there was a number on it and they accepted it!It is highly suggested to have an international drivers license.Have a nice trip! Drive...

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  • Muscat

    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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  • Fun for women

    Women have limited options (I mean finding a place to have fun soley for women) but there is a shop in al Shatti (near the beach in Muscat) called Nails and you have total treatment for only 7 to 10 rials. You can get your feet or hands done among other treats and I know my female friends in Oman took full advantage of the place due to good...

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  • Hotel Bargaining

    No matter what you have heard or told when you enter the country bargaining for a hotel is a fact of life. Through my experience you can generally knock off about 15 to 20% if you are persistent enough and dont push your luck. If the staff is Indian then you may be able to get even more but generally speaking you can get a 15% discount. You can...

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  • Arabian Heat

    Summertime in Oman is absolutely brutal and there are not many ways to escape it. No matter what you read in books experiencing is a completely different experience and an experience you wont soon forget. Friends and family always ask me what it is really like and the easiest way to explain it is (my view of the interior where I live) is the air...

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  • Newspapers

    The Times of Oman and the Oman Observer are the local English language newspapers. Foreign newspapers and magazines are available but they are extremely expensive. The newspapers are a great source of information regarding weather and current regional events.

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  • Maps

    The best and easiest way to get a map of Oman is when you arrive at the airport. They have a wide selection of books and maps that will surely guide you while you are in the country. Maps usually cost between 2 and 3 RO.

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  • Useful Arabic Phrases

    I have compiled a list of useful words and phrases that may help you on your journey: (they are phonetical)1. As Salaam alykum = Hello or Peace Upon You2. Sabaah al Khair = Good morning3. Sabah al Noor = Good Morning to you (reply)4. Tisbah al Khair = Have a good night5. Masalma = Good Bye6. Yoam Saeed = Have a good day7. Lau Samaht (ee) = Excuse...

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  • Date trees

    You will see plenty of date trees in Oman as this tree is very important in the middle east as a source of food and honey. It also helps to block the desert sands from damaging the towns.

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  • Islamic architecture

    Being a traditional islamic country, there are plenty of islamic architecture in Oman, ranging from mosques to houses. Some of these are rather impressive, and even some of the hotels have an islamic influence on them.

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  • Plants & animals

    Even though the weather is dry and hot, many plants & animals still can survive in Oman. It is not easy to spot the animals because most of them are nocturnal. However, there is an orynx sanctuary somewhere in the middle of Oman where you can spot these huge animals. As for plants, you will find date trees, frankincense trees (in the south) and...

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  • The camel race

    The camel race is very popular in Oman as in other parts of Arabia. In a way, this is like horse racing in other parts of the world. As such, do visit one of the camel races in Oman if you have the chance. Actually I nearly visited one of such race but it was held early in the morning that day, so I missed it :( However, I managed to visit the...

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  • Doing stunts on the camel

    We have seen people doing stunts on motorbikes, horses, cars etc, but this is the first time I have seen stunts being performed on top of a camel ! The Bedouin friend of my Omani guide performed a few of such stunts when we visited his home at the Wahiba Sands.

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  • Beaches in Oman

    Oman has some of the most beautiful beaches I have seen and there are hardly anyone using them which makes it even better. In Muscat alone, there is the Qurum Beach and there is another nice beach near to the Al Bustan Hotel. Outside of Muscat, there are many beautiful beaches such as the beaches at Tiwi, Ras Al Hadd, Ras Al Jinz, Barka etc. In...

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  • Students

    As I said previously, at the end of each course the students and I would find a suitable place for a 'picnic', and to have a bit of fun. This is a picture of some Omani students near Fanjah, a village now largely abandoned and by-passed by the new road. Three of the names I remember: Rashid, Mubarak and Khamis It would be nice to meet up with...

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  • Blue skies, and HOT!!

    I arrived in Oman at the end of August, and will never forget the heat. On leaving the aircraft, I can only describe the heat as like putting your head next to an oven door and then opening it! After about three weeks I was quite used to the heat, and in the winter months found the evening temperatures to be quite chilly - even at 80 degrees! The...

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  • My Omani Students

    I went to Oman in 1975 to work in the Force Headquarters at Bait al-Falaj but something went wrong and I ended up in Muaskar al-Murtafa'a near Seeb as the Force Clerical Training Instructor. With no knowledge of Arabic, and only two handwritten notebooks of lesson plans, I had to learn how to teach Omani and Baluchi servicemen clerical subjects...

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  • Sightseeing

    Sightseeing is obviously the most important activity for anyone wishing to visit Oman. The problem is that there are just so many wonderful places to visit. My advice would be to try and find an Omani friend who can suggest the best places, and show you around. Conducted tours are OK but I prefer to be 'on my own' and therefore able to browse at my...

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  • Muscat in 1976

    This photo shows, in the top left corner, the old Jalali Fort, which used to be a prison. Slightly to the right, and looking like trumpets standing on end, is the magnificent Royal Palace. Enlarge the picture for a clearer view. Having seen the splendour of the Royal Palace in Muscat, only about half a mile away on the old airfield, lived a large...

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  • Jebel Ahkdar

    Leave the tarmac roads and cities behind you, and explore the interior regions, especially the Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain). At any time of the year this is a most beautiful region My fondest memory of Oman is the generousity and friendliness of the people. There were few tarmac roads when I was there and we used to take a Landrover into areas...

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  • Omani Currency

    The Omani currency is the Rial, which is sub-divided into 1,000 Baizas. The Rial is linked to the US Dollar.

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  • Trekking

    TrekkingOne of the most popular treks in Oman is the 'Jebel Shams Rim Walk'. Jebel Shams, or the Mountain of the Sun, is the highest mountain in Oman, standing at 3075m.The trek starts at the village of Al Khateem, which has amazing panoramic views of Wadi Nakhr and Wadi Ghul. The walk can be rather precarious as it is littered with rock rubble and...

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  • Guide Books

    Buy yourself a good guide book. I bought a great paperback by Diana Darke entitled: Discovery Guide to Oman, published by IMMEL Publishing, and available from Amazon.com, amongst others. It is an easy to read book and extremely well presented. Recommended price is £15.95.I was both fascinated and horrified to discover the changes that have occurred...

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  • Muscat, exhibition contest drawings

    Because of the week of the traffic there was also a contest of drawings.In the shopping mall we had a look at the results, presented in an exhibition. There were a lot of other visitors.I liked the drawings very much, learning something about traffic in Oman and local customs. Themes in the drawings were, wearing your safety belt, not biking...

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  • Muscat, exhibition of numberplates

    Because of the week of the traffic there was an exhibition of numberplatesin one of the shopping mall we visited.Our driver explained us the meaning of the different identification plates, becasue there were not only the regular ones, but also some special ones, of the UN, of the Corps Diplomatique, of the export ministry or of cars for learning to...

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  • Muscat, radio interview

    Also the press was present in the shopping mall during the festivities of the ''week of the traffic''.The reporter of the local radiostation made a interview with someboby of the ministry. They told us, it was the minister himself.Also the reporter is wearing the traditional dress.

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  • Muscat, week of the traffic

    In the shopping mall, where we heard the bag-pipe music, were some festivities because of the ''week of the traffic''.We saw a lot of officials of the ministry of traffic. Like legally is required, all the employees of the ministry wear the traditional dishdasha, a long dressshirt, mostly white for the government.They were also wearing their...

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  • Muscat, ice-skating and bagpipes

    In greater Muscat we not only visited the older parts and museums, but we also went to some modern shopping malls. We even visited an ice-skating hall, the coolest place in town ! In one of the shopping malls we heard bagpipe-music.So you can really say, Muscat is a place of contrasts and surprises !!

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  • geography

    Oman extends from the northern fijords of the Musandam peninsula to the annually green Dhofar region in the south.Most of the population is based on the Batinah coast, a semifertile plain running from the border with the UAE to Muscat, and separated from the rest of Arabia by the Hajar Mountains. The highest peak being Jebel Shams (Mountain of the...

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  • The Souk

    Wander through the souk in Muscat. There is so much to see and so much to buy. We were very disappointed in Salalah. We tended to agree with one of the shipboard personnel who told us that the translation of Salalah is 'Don't bother to leave the ship.'Here is a picture of Irwin and me in front of the souk in Muscat.

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  • Magical hotel

    Our visit revolved mainly around Muscat . If the hotel is affordable please spend some time , say a minimum of 3 nights at the Al Bustan Palace . Insist on a sea view room overlooking the pool and on at least the 5 th floor . You will not be disappointed . The wonderful December weather . Driving along the garden lined roads leading from the...

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  • Spend time exploring some of...

    Spend time exploring some of the small villages as well. If you go into the mountains, you will be rewarded with beautiful scenic views such as this. I love the contrasting colors of green against the sand colored mountains.

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  • Picturesque Suhaar.

    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. 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...

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  • to do some shoppings in the...

    to do some shoppings in the souk.. the souk in Oman is quite noisy plase, and the smell of spices can give you headache. ANYWAY, it's great place to visit..

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  • srhussaini's General Tip

    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...

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  • In Muscat : alqurm Beach,...

    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...

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  • Muttrah souk is a must...

    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 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...

    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...

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  • Stay in a Othe at sea, the...

    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...

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  • Visit the Al Bustan Palace...

    Visit the Al Bustan Palace hotel - even just to have a look at the foyer and atrium. Also the turtles at Ras Al Hadd. Take a trip in a Dhow ( Arabian fishing boat) The beaches and the snorkeling

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  • Visit the long coast...to have...

    Visit the long coast...to have much of fun on the soft sands of its beaches....Al Bustan Beach Al Qurum beach Omani nature and its people

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  • Buy some antique Silver...

    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...

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  • Oman is -- I think -- the...

    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...

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