Oman Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by joetrvlr
  • Tourist Traps
    by joetrvlr
  • Tourist Traps
    by joetrvlr

Oman Tourist Traps

  • Cars

    Most travellers that arrive in Oman only intend on spending about a week in the Sultanate so many tourists will rent cars. I have seen countless tourists in the airport in Seeb negotiating with the local car agencies found in the newly revamped airport and I know (after living and travelling in the country for 3 years) that they are going to pay a...

  • Bargaining

    Most people know that bargaining is a way of life in the Middle East as in other parts of the world. The Arabian Gulf has a huge population of south asian immigrants working here so if you are bargaining in souq areas make sure you understand that most indians and bangladeshis only bargain to a certain degree but the Omanis and Arabs will bargain...

  • Omani ripoffs

    1. Avoid buying anything from the first 10 shops in the Mutrah Souq. The shops deeper in the souq are cheaper.2. Avoid Sabco center as it is geared to rich British Oil Workers and the price of everything traditional is 40 % higher than other places in the city. 3. Avoid taxi drivers near the Airport and Carrefour in Muscat, Oman as they charge 50%...

  • Taxis

    The price of taxi travel can be very expensive. We were told that taxi drivers are charged 5 rials every time they park at the Grand Hyatt to pick up a fare. We were recommended a driver by someone at the Hyatt who refused to discuss the price of taking us on our daily trips to the Oman Dive Centre at the other side of the town. At the end of the...

  • Goat hair rugs.

    The goat herders in the mountains weave a coarse rug and then stand at the side of the road to sell them. I was negotiating with the man when a busload of very obvious tourists arrived and then the price doubled. I decided not to wait. Try to stop when there is no one else around. Know what you are willing to pay and have the correct change. Avoid...

  • 5-Star Day-Tour Rip-offs..

    If you're considering an organized tour of the area, be aware that the ones offered through big hotels such as the Al-Bustan or the Muscat Intercontinental are vastly overpriced. Right now, they are asking US $320 for a 12 hour trip from Muscat to the top of Jebel Shams. This is idiotic! For $120 you could get a 4x4, another $10 will get you a good...

  • Unannounced closures.

    The disappointment was the tendency of authorities to close to general public tourist spots without any notice in case of visits by the Ruler or some other local and foreign dignitaries. A very good attraction closed to public when we visited it was the Sultan's beautiful Palace by the seaside in Muscat. This picture shows children standing by...

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