Beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Travel

The Ultimate Guide to Oman

Ready to Roadtrip Oman?! Get my ultimate guide to road tripping through Oman, one of my favorite countries in the entire world! I had such a unique time traveling through Oman and I hope this helps you plan your journey.

Oman has been on my travel bucket list for several years now. It’s somewhere I never imagined wanting to go, and then I met a girl while backpacking through Jordan, that told me Oman was the best place she’d ever visited. She immediately peaked my interest. Anytime someone knows what their favorite place is with that much confidence… I have to go!

Shortly after that I started researching Oman, how to get there, what to see, but my adventures pulled me away from the Middle East for some time. A year later, I would find myself sitting in a car, waiting for my hot air balloon to show me a stunning sunrise over Luxor when a lovely girl on Instagram sent me a message. She wanted to know if I was around and wanted to go to Oman with her next month.

And so the planning began. I started to learn that it wasn’t going to be very easy to get to Oman, I was going to have to take a few flights, even though I was simply traveling from Israel. I knew however, that it would be worth it.

Quick Fact
Being Gay in Oman is punishable by 3 years in jail (considerably more lientant then it’s neighbor, Saudi Arabia) but that only happens in cases of public disturbance. This being said, there is a vibrant unground Gay scene in Oman and the Sultan, Qaboos bin Said al Said was gay. A fact well known throughout the middle east.

Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. It occupies a very strategically important position in the Arab Peninsula, which has made it a conflict of interest for many major powers of the ancient world. In the 16th century the Portugeus seized Muscat and controlled the city until 1650. Oman has since taken control of the Persain Sea and built up their own, very strong economy.

While researching our trip, I was beginning to learn some fascinating facts about Oman and its history. I learned that since 1970, education in Oman has drastically increased and more than half of the students in Primary school in Oman are girls. I also learned that education is not required, but it is free for everyone. I was also interested to learn that healthcare is also free in Oman.

Qaboos bin Said al Said the Sultan of Oman during my trip, who recently passed away, was the longest reigning leader in the Arab world, having taken the throne from his father in 1970. It’s thanks to Qaboos bin Said al Said that Oman has the freedom of religion, free education and healthcare.

Oman Factsheet

🍷 Drinking in Oman
If you are a resident of Oman, you can get a license to buy and drink alcohol within your own home. If you are visiting Oman, you can buy alcohol at licensed hotels. Drinking or being drunk in public in Oman is illegal and the official drinking age is 21.
👮 Safety in Oman
Located between Saudi Arabia and Yemen might be cause for concern but there’s no need to worry about your safety in Oman. Omani people are considerate and extremely polite. Crime and violence is not in their nature and as a result, Oman is an extremely safe country.
✈️ Getting to Oman
The easiest way to get to Oman is by flying to Muscat. I flew from Israel, with a layover in Amman, Jordan and Qatar. You can find direct flights to Muscat from London with British Airways.
🚌 Getting around in Oman
Getting around in Oman can be tricky. They don’t have a public transportation system in place to help tourists navigate the entire country. If you’re looking to explore more of the country, then you should have a rental car. Petrol is very cheap, considering the fact that Oman is an oil country. A tank of petrol often costs about $30 (USD). The rental car for seven days was 112 Rial ($300). I would recommend that you book your rental car in advance and pick it up from the airport.
🚗 Driving in Oman
Driving in Oman is a breeze. The roads are wide and people generally stick to their lanes. We had no trouble at all navigating the cities or getting to any of our destinations. You don’t need to rent a four wheel drive vehicle. If you are spending time in the mountains or the desert, people will pick you up and take you there. They drive on the right and we were able to rent an automatic transmission.
📆 When should you visit
Oman is a very warm, dry country. I would advise that you don’t visit from June until August as temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is minimal, with the rainy season being the beginning of the year, January to March with an average of 1-2 rainy days per month.
💰 Cost of travel
There are ways that you can cut costs and save money in Oman but at the end of the day, it’s not a cheap place to visit. Hotels, Desert Camps, cabs and food are very expensive. However, like I said before, petrol is affordable, so if you have a car, you’ll actually be able to save money on transportation.

The Ultimate Oman Itinerary

Oman has a lot to offer and things are a lot further away from each other than you might at first think. This being said, how long should you plan to spend in Oman? I highly recommend that you spend a minimum of 7 days in Oman but, 10 days would actually give you a lot more freedom and time to explore this unique country.

Start by flying into Muscat and plan to spend the first two days exploring Muscat. I was immediately surprised by Muscat. It was a much bigger and more modern city than I expected. When you land at the airport, you will start by getting your visa. You can pay for it with cash or credit card (I used a credit card). They will give you a visa based on the exact number of days that you are staying, so make sure you have a plan or at least an exit ticket.

After you get your visa you head through the customs and they put it in for you. Then you can grab a sim card so you can navigate. We each got 10gbs and head over to get your rental car. If you’re not renting a car then you can also easily get a taxi from the airport. A taxi from the airport into Muscat will cost you about 10 Rial (26 USD).

Things to do in Muscat

There’s plenty of things to do in Muscat, you are going to make sure you give yourself plenty of time. We honestly didn’t spend enough time in Muscat, I wish we would have had one more day. When in Muscat, we stayed at the Chedi and lost a day exploring because we couldn’t get enough of their 103-meter long pool.


Looking over my shoulder while I work on Pinterest
Freebie!

Ultimate Guide to Pinterest SEO eBook

Elevate your Pinterest strategy with SEO tactics that take your profile, pins and following to the next level.

Grab the Download