Oman with youngsters: a journey information for households [2023]


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Considering of visiting Oman with youngsters? You’ve come to the correct place for the low down on why this wonderful Center East vacation spot deserves a spot in your bucket listing.

Inside this complete Oman journey information for households I’ve included all you want to know that will help you plan your journey, what to anticipate while you’re right here and the most effective locations in Oman to go to with youngsters. It’s all based mostly on our private experiences as an expat household dwelling in Oman.

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Tin Box family in front of Suwadi Watchtower after paddle boarding to the island

I’ve written this information primarily for different UK households as I do know they’re my major readers. However there’s loads of data right here for anybody visiting Oman with youngsters or with out them.

I cowl:

  • the compelling causes by it is best to go to Oman with your loved ones
  • issues you want to know and do earlier than you journey together with visas, flights and what to pack
  • the place to remain in Oman with household
  • what to see and do in Oman with youngsters
  • useful issues to learn about visiting Oman together with behaviour, bogs and tipping
  • food and drinks
  • well being and security in Oman
  • and getting round in Oman.

So let’s start!

Why go to Oman with youngsters?

Mr Tin Box, dog and daughters walking across the dunes of Wahiba Sands at sun set

In the event you’re considering a household vacation in Oman goes to be identical to neighbouring Dubai and Abu Dhabi with their theme parks and skyscrapers, assume once more.

Sure, it has luxurious resorts. However it is usually a rustic of unbelievable pure magnificence with rolling deserts, unbelievable mountains, lush gorges and a shocking pure shoreline teeming with wildlife.

It’s this numerous panorama that’s the major attraction of visiting Oman for households alongside its wealthy cultural heritage courting again additional than every other state within the Arab world. This reveals itself the extra you discover.

We extremely suggest hitting the highway for not less than part of your vacation to get essentially the most out of your time in Oman.

Additionally it is a spot for outside journey. If your loved ones is into something from wild tenting to canyoning or kite browsing to scuba diving, Oman is a superb winter vacation vacation spot.

I’d suggest it extra for households with youngsters over the age of 5 if you wish to expertise the nation’s pure sights. 

There are enjoyable issues for infants and toddlers to do however you’ll be restricted to indoor sights and seashores to offer your little ones some respite from the warmth.

What’s Oman identified for?

I knew little or no about Oman earlier than we moved right here, which is outrageous contemplating it has so many claims to fame.

So right here’s the thin on Oman…

It was as soon as a strong empire that unfold everywhere in the Arabian Peninsular and throughout the Indian Ocean into East Africa together with modern-day Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.

As early because the 2nd Century AD Muscat performed a pivotal position within the commerce of spices, textiles and timber between Asia, Africa and Europe. Waves of retailers, in addition to much less welcome invaders from Persia, Portugal and the Ottoman Turk empire, have formed the folks and place throughout the centuries.

The legendary maritime hero Sinbad the Sailor is claimed to have been born within the Sofar in Oman.

Our daughters stood next to a life-sized Lego Sinbad the Sailor at Muscat airport
Right here’s a LEGO Sinbad, not in Sofar however at Muscat Worldwide Airport – say ‘hello’ as you transit by means of.

The nation’s Dhofar area produces the best frankincense on the planet. You’ll discover this aromatic resin on sale in all Oman’s souqs and used as incense in every single place from resorts to buying malls and even within the airport.

Omani homes are identified for his or her lovely doorways. Whether or not they’re made from wooden or steel you’ll discover them intricately embellished as folks need to impress their visitors from the second they attain the edge of their dwelling.

Family walking down a narrow street in Nizwa with sand coloured buildings decorated with intricate metal doors on either side

Oman information for guests 

In case your youngsters love trivia right here’s some information about Oman to share with them:

  • Oman’s monarch, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, can be the federal government’s prime minister.
  • Oman is the oldest established unbiased state on the Arabian Peninsular.
  • The Sultanate of Oman has a inhabitants of 4.5 million folks.
  • The nation covers 120,000 sq. miles, which is an identical dimension to Poland that has a inhabitants of 38 million folks.
  • Oman shares the world’s largest desert, the Empty Quarter, with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen.
  • No constructing in Oman is allowed to be larger than the tallest minaret of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Is it protected to go to Oman with youngsters?

Claire and daughter stood on sand dune in Wahiba Sands desert while the sun sets behind them

Probably the most widespread questions I used to be requested after we determined to maneuver to Oman was: ‘is it protected?’.

It’s a good query contemplating Oman has borders with Yemen the place there may be an ongoing civil warfare and Saudi Arabia the place there’s a heightened danger of terrorist assaults. 

Nonetheless Oman is a really protected nation. Crime is low and it doesn’t even rank on the international terrorism index for terror occasions or danger.

The Omani persons are additionally famously very pleasant in the direction of guests.

All of this not solely makes it a protected place to go to with youngsters, it’s additionally good for {couples} and solo travellers.

My solely phrase of warning about visiting Oman with youngsters is in regards to the roads. 

The usual of driving right here will not be what you would possibly anticipate within the UK. 

Different highway customers can behave unpredictably. Pedestrians run throughout six lane highways. And highway security no-nos like tailgating, endeavor and never indicating are the norm.

Discover out extra in my information to driving in Oman.

Greatest time to go to Oman

Family swimming in turquoise waters of Wadi Bani Khalid with cliffs rising up in every direction

What you do throughout your loved ones vacation in Oman will probably be dictated by the climate. However not like it could be within the UK and Europe. You could swap your seasonal expectations on their head.

The winter is the time to get exterior and discover, whereas the summer time months are the time to search out air conditioned actions.

If you wish to benefit from your time in Oman I’d keep away from the scorchingly scorching months from Might to August. Even the Omanis swap to an indoor life-style at the moment of 12 months.

As an alternative, go to between the top of October and starting of April.

If you’re visiting Oman with youngsters of faculty age it’s seemingly you’ll be restricted to the Christmas, February half time period, Easter and October half time period holidays.

April is when the temperatures begin to edge into the much less snug early 30℃s peaking within the late 40℃s by June. They don’t drop again down under 30℃ till the top of October.

Ramadan iftar Eid. Muslim family has dinner at home. Table with traditional food. Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

A month you would possibly need to keep away from, notably when you plan to spend time experiencing a few of the greatest issues to do in Oman, is Ramadan.

Oman is a Muslim nation the place consuming and ingesting (even water) in daylight will not be allowed in the course of the holy month. It’s far more conservative than the neighbouring UAE.

Not having the ability to eat or drink when sightseeing could make it uncomfortable, particularly with youngsters.

Discover out extra in my publish about visiting Oman throughout Ramadan, together with what to put on, the place you may eat and drink, and what’s open.

Oman journey information: earlier than you journey

Our daughters wearing their carryon rucksacks walking across the air corridor to a plane

Right here’s some data that will help you plan your journey to Oman with youngsters:

Oman visas and journey paperwork

British residents who journey to Oman for 13 days or much less don’t want a vacationer visa. 

What you do want is: 

  • Passports – they should be not less than six months in date from the day you arrive. Test the gov.uk web site for the newest entry necessities and journey recommendation.
  • Deliver a photograph copy of your passports as you might be requested for these at immigration and it’s a good suggestion to have a duplicate with you always.
  • Your journey insurance coverage – I at all times have a digital and printed copy with me.
  • A duplicate of your lodging bookings.
  • Your return ticket or a reserving for onward journey.

You’ll be requested to indicate proof of all of those on your entire household at immigration. Printed copies are greatest.

The best way to get a Oman vacationer visa

In the event you plan to be within the nation between 14 and 30 days you want a vacationer visa. Your youngsters want a visa to go to Oman too. The appliance course of and worth are the identical.

You may apply for visas by means of the Royal Oman Police portal, which is the official visa software web site. Different web sites will cost you an admin charge.

On the house web page choose ‘Apply for vacationer visa’, then reply the nationality questions. 

You’ll be proven three kinds of visa. The vast majority of folks visiting Oman for a vacation will need choice 26B: Vacationer Go to Visa. This lets you go to Oman for as much as 30 days and prices 20 OMR per particular person. 

The opposite choices are for individuals who repeatedly journey to and from Oman.

Whenever you apply you have to to add a digital passport model photograph no greater than 512KB and a photograph of your passport knowledge web page.

Visa purposes are open to residents in greater than 100 counties however the on-line kind is barely accessible in Arabic and English.

There are totally different guidelines for residents of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) counties.

Flights to Oman

Oman Air plane wing against background of blue sky and the Oman coastline

One of many largest prices of any vacation to Oman, particularly in case you are coming from the UK, goes to be your flights.

Oman Air fly direct from London Heathrow and there are one cease flights from plenty of regional airports within the UK.

The oblique flights through Istanbul, Frankfurt and different Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations are usually cheaper, however these can take lots longer so you want to weigh up the financial savings verses the time you’ve gotten.

We now have discovered Oman Air to be an excellent airline with a beneficiant baggage allowance, pleasant crews, and good inflight meals and leisure.

What’s the foreign money in Oman?

Omani rial a new series of banknotes

Oman’s foreign money is the Omani Rial or OMR.

One Rial was price £2.06 on the time this Oman journey information was revealed. Test the present alternate charge.

The equal denomination to the UK Pence (or p) is Baisa. There are 1,000 Baisa in a single rial. Widespread notes embody 100 Baisa, 1/2 Rial, one Rial, 5 Rial, 10 Rial, 20 Rial and 50 Rial. There are additionally Baisa cash.

You’ll discover most resorts and eating places settle for playing cards. However in case you are visiting an space the place there may be restricted cellular sign, corresponding to Wahiba Sands, you want money.

You’ll discover money factors at hypermarkets, in buying malls and on business streets within the cities and bigger cities.

Look out for indicators for Financial institution of Muscat, Nationwide Financial institution of Oman, Financial institution of Dhofar, Sofar Worldwide, Oman Arab Financial institution, HSBC or Ahli Financial institution. 

Money factors which might be accessible from the road are sometimes tucked away in shelters or lobbies exterior banks, so should not instantly seen.

What to pack for a vacation in Oman

Packing for a visit to the Center East requires a bit extra planning than for sunshine locations in Europe and the Caribbean. Numerous this hinges on what you put on in addition to a couple of gadgets that can make your travels extra snug.

Oman is a Muslim nation the place it’s anticipated that you just costume conservatively. In the event you naked an excessive amount of flesh it is going to be seen as disrespectful. 

The one exception is in case you are in a series resort the place western clothes is OK. 

Basically, strappy or vest suggestions are a no no and it is best to ought to maintain knees lined.  

Right here’s some particular recommendation on what to put on in Oman:

What to put on in Oman for sightseeing

Claire wearing long dress, hat and sun glasses at Nizwa Fort

As I discussed earlier, overlaying shoulders and knees is anticipated when out in public in Oman. 

Lengthy or cropped trousers, t-shirts and shirts created from cotton with sturdy sandals or trainers are the perfect garments for exploring. Don’t neglect your hat and solar glasses too.

Girls: chub rub model shorts are your pal when sporting clothes within the warmth!

Our family stood in front of the Mabim Waterfall in Wadi Tiwi.

If you’re planning on exploring the Sultanate’s wonderful panorama then you definitely’ll need to learn my publish about wadis in Oman the place I present extra detailed recommendation on what to put on for outside adventures.

Lengthy sleeve rash vests or swim fits are really helpful.

What to put on on the seaside

Our eldest daughter waling across a white sand bar at Barr al Hickman with kite surfing kites flying above

If you’re visiting a public seaside then it’s anticipated that you just cowl up. Swim shorts and a rash vest are acceptable for women and men. 

Lengthy sleeve, UV protecting swim fits or rash vests for youths are a should for youths.

If you’re at a non-public seaside connected to a resort you may put on western swimwear until the resort has particular guidelines about apparel. 

Bear in mind that bikinis will draw detrimental consideration as there will probably be visitors from everywhere in the Arabian Peninsular.

What to put on to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque 

Our family stood in a marble courtyard inside the Grand Mosque in Muscat

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is an awe inspiring place to go to in Muscat. However in an effort to step inside its grounds you have to be sporting the correct clothes. 

Males, ladies and kids want to completely cowl their legs and arms. Girls should additionally cowl their hair, so convey a shawl.

In the event you do arrive in garments that don’t meet these necessities you may rent an abaya (for girls) or dishdasha (for males) on the entrance.

I’d suggest sporting sneakers which might be straightforward to take away. You’ll must take them off to enter the prayer halls. 

Learn extra about visiting in my full publish in regards to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It contains plenty of information, issues to look out for and a free exercise sheet for youths.

What ought to youngsters put on in Oman

Girls building a sand castle on the beach at Sifa with our tent and the mountains behind them. The sun is setting

Youngsters beneath the age of puberty can just about put on what they like in most conditions (the Grand Mosque is the exception). Simply make certain it’s sensible.

We are able to suggest brief sleeved t-shirts and lengthy cotton trousers to maintain youngsters snug within the warmth.

Hats and solar glasses are additionally a should.

Treatment

In the event you use over-the-counter medicine convey it with you as you might not discover comparable medicines in Oman and leaflets are prone to be in Arabic.

In the event you take prescribed medicine convey not more than a month’s provide with you alongside along with your prescription. Some medicine are banned in Oman so it’s vital to have the ability to show what you convey is for private use if requested.

Different issues to pack for Oman

You should purchase most stuff you would possibly neglect to pack. In my expertise, there’s at all times one thing that drops off the listing!

Nonetheless there are some particular issues I’d advise bringing on your loved ones vacation in Oman:

  • Packets of tissues and hand sanitiser – you’ll want these for journeys to public bogs. You purchase these right here however convey a stash to get you began.
  • Water sneakers – useful when you plan to discover a wadi in Oman and to be used at seashores and swimming swimming pools the place surfaces get scorching.
  • Issue 50 solar cream – manufacturers we recognise are very costly right here and cheaper alternate options have left us with solar burn.
  • Face and physique lotions – I’ve seen whitening components in lots of physique lotions and face lotions in Oman
  • Tampons – yow will discover loads of sanitary towels in Oman’s supermarkets however there are only a few tampons accessible.
  • Swim shorts and rash vests – not solely are these sensible within the local weather they’re additionally extra culturally acceptable.

If you’re travelling with a child then nappies, moist wipes and different necessities will be picked up in supermarkets. They’re costlier than within the UK, so convey some with you to economize.

Issues like child components and meals can be found however the components could also be totally different in Oman, even when the manufacturers are acquainted. Guidelines on sugar are extra relaxed right here.

Additionally pack Calpol – this isn’t accessible in Oman. The choice right here is liquid Panadol and it tastes horrible.

Issues to not convey to Oman

Right here’s some gadgets to not pack in your bag:

  • Medication – there are extreme penalties for bringing any quantity of narcotic medicine or psychotropic substances into Oman.
  • Don’t convey e-cigarettes or vaping merchandise to Oman – they’re unlawful right here.
  • Drones – don’t convey one until you propose to use for a license to make use of it in Oman (it can most likely take longer to course of the paperwork than you’ve gotten within the nation). Something that appears like a drone or giant digital camera will probably be picked up when your baggage are scanned on the airport.
  • Pornography – depart copies of Play Boy and different ‘mild studying’ at dwelling.

Oman with youngsters: what to see and do in Oman

We live in Oman for a couple of years however I feel we’re nonetheless going to wrestle to see and do every part we need to within the time we’ve got to discover.

A few of our favorite actions are within the nice open air: wild tenting, exploring the mountains and visiting Oman’s wadis. In fact these are all winter actions when the climate is deliciously gentle.

In the summertime we spend much more time indoors and particularly in malls the place there are a number of actions in addition to buying. Oman even has a snow park.

What to see in Oman 

The listing is lengthy! I’ve already written about our favorite issues to do in Oman

But when I used to be to shorten that to a prime 5 this may be our definitive listing of what to see in Oman in youngsters:

Wahiba Sands

Children stood at the top of a sand dune during sunset over Wahiba Sands in Oman

Seeing the solar sink down into the silky ochre dunes of Wahiba Sands is without doubt one of the most magical issues to do in Oman and to not be missed.

The northern fringe of the Wahiba or Sharqiya Sands dunes will be reached from Muscat in two hours by automobile. 

In addition to having fun with the pure great thing about this 12,500 sq km desert you may e book dune bashing, nature monitoring and camel rides with native guides.

We are able to suggest staying at a desert camp for an in a single day journey. There are many choices from conventional Bedouin camps to sci-fi model domes.

Discover Wahiba Sands Desert camps*.

Wadi Shab

Father and daughters stood in front of pool of clear water in the rocky valley of Wadi Shab

If you wish to expertise Oman’s extraordinary pure magnificence Wadi Shab is a well-liked day journey from Muscat. It’s about one and a half hours from the town centre by highway.

Your go to features a boat journey throughout the wadi entrance, skyscraper gorge partitions, a enjoyable hike, lengthy clear swimming pools and a cave you may swim inside to discover a hidden waterfall.

Learn extra about why visiting Wadi Shab in Oman is such a particular expertise.

The Grand Mosque in Muscat

Exterior of the marble and sandstone mosque with rows of bushes in front. To the right is the tallest minaret and to the left is the dome of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one the listing of hottest issues to do in Muscat. And no surprise. Its structure, scale and environment are a heady combine that leaves a long-lasting impression on worshippers and vacationers alike.

It took six years to construct and when it opened in 2001 it boasted the most important handmade carpet on the planet and the most important chandelier. Whereas the UAE has now claimed each data Muscat’s grand mosque continues to be awe-inspiring.

Enable not less than and hour and a half to discover. And ensure you put on culturally applicable clothes.

Discover out extra, together with suggestions for visiting with youngsters, in my publish about Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

Daymaniyat Islands 

Claire sat at the bow of a boat moored in a turquoise bay in the Daymaniyat Islands

You’d be forgiven for considering you’d be transported to the Maldives as you strategy the vivid turquoise waters across the Advert Daymaniyat Islands.

This small archipelago 16km off the mainland is a protected space the place turtles nest and whale sharks come to feed within the plankton wealthy water in the summertime months. 

It’s attainable to take boat journeys from Al Mouj Marina, Seeb Port and Muttrah Marina to snorkel and dive across the islands. Outdoors of the turtle nesting season (Might to October) it’s also possible to land on the islands.

I can personally suggest boat journeys with Daymaniat Shells.

Nizwa

The roof of Nizwa castle with mountains viable beyond the battlements

The town of Nizwa within the Hajar Mountains was as soon as the capital of Oman and a significant buying and selling hub.

In the present day it’s well-known for its iconic fort, souq and Friday livestock market the place you may see folks promoting goats and cows.

All of this makes it an important place to base yourselves for a couple of days, particularly in case you are on an Oman highway journey.

Shut by it is best to go to Jabal Akhdar (Oman’s ‘Inexperienced Mountain’), Misfah al Abriyyin and Oman Throughout the Ages Museum.

The place to remain in Oman with youngsters

Smiling seven year old girl in brightly coloured swim suit steps out of a swimming pool at Valley Cliff Inn

We now have our own residence in Oman however we’ve got additionally taken off across the nation for a seven day highway journey and skilled a few of Muscat’s resorts.

Alongside this we’ve got loads of associates who’ve given us first hand suggestions on locations to remain in Oman that we’re eager to take a look at.

So, based mostly on our expertise and a few scorching suggestions from folks we all know, right here’s some lodging choices for anybody visiting Oman:

The place to remain in Muscat

Muscat is an extended skinny metropolis that sprawls alongside the coast for round 50km with the Hajar Mountains at its again. Taxis aren’t low-cost and strolling far isn’t an choice within the Arabian local weather. So staying near the locations you want to go to will save in your price range.

There’s loads of choices for locations to remain in Muscat* together with worldwide resorts, visitor homes and self-catering residences unfold out alongside the size of the town.

Mid vary price range

Sunset view of the outdoor pool at the Crown Plaza Muscat. In the foreground there is an umbrella, table and chairs. People are splashing in the pool. In the background you can see Shati al Qurum beach
The pool at Crown Plaza Muscat

If you wish to go to the Grand Mosque we are able to suggest the Crown Plaza Muscat*. It overlooks the sandy seaside at Shati al Qurum and is a brief taxi experience from the mosque in addition to Muscat Opera Home and the Youngsters’s Museum.

It additionally as a tempting buffet of worldwide dishes.

Club Room at the Sheraton Muscat hotel in Ruwi. The View is across the be and towards the window through which you can see the outline of the Hajar Mountains
Membership Room on the Sheraton

The Sheraton* at Ruwi is a brief hop from Mutrah Souq, the fish market, Corniche and port the place yow will discover boat journeys. It has mountain views, an important pool and delightful restaurant serving worldwide and Arabic dishes. 

Excessive finish price range

If you wish to keep on the seafront the Kempinski* is a luxurious resort in Al Mouj have been you might be proper on the seaside. It’s inside straightforward attain of the marina the place yow will discover plenty of firms providing snorkelling, diving and boat journeys.

We all know it greatest for its completely happy hours at Zale Bar which overlooks the ocean.

Our daughter in a yellow rubber ring floating down the lazy river at Shangri-La with the hotel in the background
The Lazy River at Shangri-La

To the east of Muscat you’ll discover its most luxurious resorts together with Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, which is dwelling to Oman’s solely lazy river.

The Shangri-La has two resorts. Al Waha resort* is essentially the most family-friendly with splash parks and waterslides in addition to that lazy river. It’s additionally proper on the seaside which is certainly one of many locations in Oman the place turtles make their nests.

The place to remain in Nizwa

We are able to suggest staying in Nizwa to get the most effective begin for the Friday market.

Fountain in the gardens of Valley Cliff Inn with sun coming up through the frond of a palm tree
Valley Cliff Inn

Valley Cliff Inn* provides two self-catering villas set in lush gardens with non-public swimming swimming pools. We stayed right here throughout our first go to to Nizwa and cherished it. It’s a brief drive from the centre of Nizwa.

In the event you favor a resort the Vintage Inn* comes extremely really helpful. It’s a historically embellished resort with swimming pool and is positioned simply 200m from Nizwa Fort and Souq.

The place to remain in Wahiba Sands

Reserving an evening within the desert is a should.

Traditional bedouin black and white striped tent in the orange sands of Wahiba Sands desert

For our first keep right here we booked Desert Retreat Camp*. We needed starry skies and big dunes, and it delivered on each. As a bonus we may additionally convey our canine.

Desert Retreat Camp is without doubt one of the bigger camps with an oval of 14 conventional goat hair tents, every with a non-public open roof rest room. 

Take a look at a few of the different choices*.

Oman journey information: what to anticipate whereas right here

Right here’s some useful tips about what to anticipate if you end up attending to know Oman and its folks.

Acceptable behaviour and what to not do in Oman

Western vacationers unfamiliar with Center Japanese customs want to pay attention to what to do and what no to do in Oman.

Mr Tin Box hugging daughters in a wadi
Hugging and holding your youngsters’ fingers is OK, however not your companions’

Listed below are some extra tips on behaviour:

  • Women and men mustn’t maintain fingers or kiss in public. It’s completely acceptable to indicate affection in the direction of your youngsters.
  • If you’re invited to enter somebody’s dwelling take your sneakers off on the door.
  • Don’t present the soles of your toes while you sit down – no imply feat on a conventional Omani flooring couch.
  • Eat along with your proper hand. Your left is for cleansing your self.
  • Girls ought to solely shake fingers if they’re provided a hand.

Bogs in Oman

If you find yourself staying at a resort or visiting a shopping center you will see western model pedestal bogs accompanied by a ‘bum gun’ and bathroom roll. 

In all places else you might be prone to discover conventional squat bogs with a bum gun. Deliver your individual provide of bathroom roll and hand sanitiser in case you are exploring extra rural areas.

Maintain on, what’s a bum gun? 

It’s not it’s official identify however it’s an applicable one. 

The bum gun – a hose with tigger activated nozzle – is for giving your self a clear after ones and twos. 

However be ware, they are often fairly vigorous. There’s usually no rest room roll to dry off afterwards so a miss-placed squirt may provide you with a extra thorough clear than you bargained for.

Clearly, don’t let young children play with the bum gun – simpler mentioned than performed while you’re crammed in a cubicle with little ones.

Tipping in Oman

Tipping will not be anticipated in Oman however you are able to do it at your discretion for good service. 

It’s extra widespread to tip workers in resorts and eating places or journey guides and drivers. Ten p.c is a good place to begin.

Plug sockets in Oman

Oman makes use of British-style 220/240 AC volt three pin plug sockets.

When you’ve got electronics with totally different plugs convey a journey adaptor*.

Oman occasions and vital dates

A string of Omani flags flying in front of the towers of Muttrah Fort in Muscat

Oman holidays are introduced by the federal government within the days earlier than they’re on account of occur. This implies some dates could fluctuate.

On these dates you may anticipate unbiased companies to be closed for all or a part of the day:

  • 11 January – Sultan’s Accession Day – a nationwide time without work
  • February – Prophet’s Ascension – a nationwide time without work (the date strikes yearly with the Muslim calendar)
  • September – the Prophet’s birthday – a nationwide time without work (the date strikes yearly with the Muslim calendar)
  • 18 November – Oman Nationwide Day – a nationwide time without work

This listing doesn’t embody Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr or Eid Al Adha. These dates transfer yearly with the Muslim calendar.

Test when Ramadan and Eid are anticipated this 12 months.

The very best souvenirs

Colourful metal and glass mosaic Arabic lanterns hanging in the souq at Nizwa

If you wish to convey dwelling some genuine souvenirs for you and your youngsters then head to a souq. Muttrah in Muscat and Nizwa Souq are the most effective we’ve got been to.

Incense and incense burners are a beautiful reminder of your travels in Oman. You’ll odor frankincense burnt in every single place right here.

When you’ve got a bit extra room in your baggage then Arabic lanterns or Omani pottery will make great speaking factors in your house.

A enjoyable memento for youths is a kummah – the standard Omani cap worn by males. They’re embellished in colors and patterns to characterize totally different household teams.

In order for you a deal with then Oman is legendary for its silver. It’s priced by its weight.

On the price range finish of the memento market, however piece of Omani heritage no much less, baskets weaved from palm leaves are one other beautiful factor to convey dwelling as a reminder of your time in Oman. Dates and halwa (see conventional Omani meals under) are additionally enjoyable

Oman journey information: food and drinks

Oman’s delicacies follows the Arabic model with Asian influences. Conventional menus embody rice, spiced meats, flat breads, salad, espresso and dates.

Some conventional Omani meals to strive

Traditional fried Arabic chicken majboos with chicken leg and jeweled rice served as close-up in a rustic oriental tray
Rooster Majboos

Majboos is a plate of basmati rice with fragrant spiced meat. It’s not too ‘scorching spicy’, so our children get pleasure from this dish. 

Rooster, beef and lamb can all be utilized in majboos however not pork as a result of Oman is a Muslim nation. You’ll not discover it served wherever.

One thing else youngsters will get pleasure from is mishkak – kebabs. They’re marinated in fragrant spices and go nicely with flat bread or chips. An actual baby pleaser!

In case your youngsters are in any respect delicate to spices ask for a non-spicy dish and the restaurant workers will be capable of suggest one thing. We’ve truthfully discovered Arabic dishes right here should not too spicy.

However, when you do have fussy eaters chips are at all times on the menu. You’ll additionally discover loads of quick meals chains you recognise in malls and at drive-throughs.

Go to Oman between Spring and Summer time and also you’ll see dates rising on palm timber. These have been a staple of the Omani weight loss program for hundreds of years.

Dates growing on palm tree

Our women should not big followers of dates or Omani sweets like Halwa. This can be a thick jelly like confectionary usually made with semolina, oil, sugar, cardamon, milk, nuts and candy flavourings. However you’ve bought to strive it! 

The meals souq in Nizwa has loads of stalls promoting Halwa and they’re completely happy to supply samples.

A balcony view of the inside of Nizwa food souk where there are lots of open food and produce shops
The indoor meals souk at Nizwa

One thing extra up our children’ avenue is a fruit-filled smoothy. These can be found in every single place and are a greater choice than ice cream in additional rural areas the place energy cuts are widespread.

Are you able to drink alcohol in Oman?

Who can blame mother and father for wanting a glass of one thing refreshing on the finish of the day? However when you get pleasure from wine, beer or cocktails you might be questioning if alcohol is served in Oman.

Ingesting alcohol will not be unlawful in Oman like it’s in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, however there are strict guidelines about the place you should purchase and eat it.

You received’t discover alcohol in the stores in supermarkets such as you would within the UK. 

Guests can discover alcohol in Oman’s worldwide resorts. It’s much less prone to be accessible at unbiased inns and lodging with eating places.

Claire and husband holding drink in front of a view of Qurum in Muscat at sunset. They are at Crown Plaza Muscat hotel

If you wish to convey your individual booze, you may pack a nicely wrapped bottle in your suitcase. It’s additionally attainable to purchase as much as 4 litres per particular person (over the age of 21) on the airport while you arrive.

Expats and Omanis should purchase alcohol from designated retailers if they’ve a license. That’s a license for the person not simply the store. These have to be utilized for from the federal government, so will not be an choice for vacationers.

So in case you are visiting Oman the one possible way to purchase and eat alcohol, do you have to want, is by shopping for it on the airport or at a global resort.

Oman journey suggestions: well being and security 

I’m not a medical skilled however I can level you within the course of recommendation about staying nicely and protected in Oman with youngsters.

Vaccinations for journey to Oman

We have been up-to-date with all of our routine vaccinations earlier than we travelled to Oman from the UK so didn’t want something additional. Nonetheless issues can change.

Discover out in regards to the really helpful vaccinations for Oman on the Journey Well being Professional web site.

Ingesting water

We strive to not advocate plastic bottles, however we discover them a essentially evil in Oman.

Faucet water is barely protected to drink if it has been boiled. 

However we do use faucet water to clean our fingers and brush our enamel with out fear.

Solar safety

Our daughters wearing hats, and bright sun block on their faces. They are on the beach at Barr al Hickman

This can be a actually vital level for households visiting Oman. Deliver loads of solar cream from dwelling and apply it usually. We haven’t discovered an excellent family-friendly solar cream right here but.

We now have been in a position to order day glow zinc stick solar block* from Amazon – the youngsters love sporting this.

Additionally convey hats, solar glasses and UV protecting swimwear for the entire household.

Insect bites

The danger of malaria is low in Oman however there may be dengue fever. This flu-like virus is unfold by means of mosquito bites, so use loads of insect repellant containing DEET. There isn’t any vaccination accessible.

In the event you really feel unwell throughout or after your journey search medical recommendation.

Snakes and scorpions

Oman has venomous snakes and scorpions, so concentrate on this in case you are mountaineering or wild tenting. They might be hiding beneath rocks or, within the case of snakes, basking on prime of them.

You might be much less prone to see scorpions within the autumn, winter and spring as they hibernate in burrows.

Nonetheless, in the course of the summer time they arrive out to search out cooler locations to cover together with air conditioned locations. We had one inside our home a couple of days earlier than I revealed this information, so nasty beasts are on the very entrance of my thoughts.

Having mentioned that, I solely noticed one snake and one scorpion throughout our first six months in Oman.

If you’re bitten or stung search fast medical help at a hospital. Don’t await an ambulance if you can also make your individual method as ambulances should not staffed with paramedics, simply drivers.

Wild canines and cats

There are wild canines in Oman or ‘wadi canines’ as they’re known as right here. However not like locations like Egypt the place they’re comparatively tame and roam nearly wherever, in Oman they’re managed in populated areas. 

In the event you do discover yourselves within the suburbs or a wadi near a city or metropolis you might come throughout wadi canines.

You need to keep away from them fully as they are often aggressive and carry parasites. 

Cats shouldn’t be petted for a similar causes.

Oman journey information: getting round

Father and daughter stand with Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 vehicle in the rocky foothills of Jebel Shams in Oman

Getting straight to the purpose, we’d suggest hiring a automobile when you intend to journey past Muscat while you go to Oman with youngsters. 

Public transport is on the market however you’ll discover it isn’t as frequent or as consumer pleasant as within the UK, Europe or Asia.

Listed below are every of the choices for getting round in Oman so you may work out what’s greatest for your loved ones:

Taxis

Taxis are a handy choice for getting round city areas. However within the capital Muscat there may be plenty of metropolis to cowl, to allow them to get costly.

There are a number of licensed taxi companies in Oman and so they all have reserving apps. In the event you plan to make use of taxis repeatedly throughout your keep then its price downloading certainly one of these apps.

The taxis you’ll see most are orange and white Otaxis and blue and white Marhaba taxis.

All orange and white taxis in Oman are metered, so make certain your driver is utilizing their’s earlier than you set off. Different on demand taxi companies will supply a set worth. Affirm this in your taxi app and with the motive force earlier than you begin your journey.

If you wish to get a taxi from Muscat Worldwide Airport yow will discover them exterior the primary terminal constructing. 

Public transport

There aren’t any trains, trams or subways in Oman but (plans are within the offing) however you will see buses within the cities and coaches travelling between them, together with coaches that join Oman with the UAE.

Oman’s public transport is run by Mwasalat. You will discover and e book a coach on the Mwasalat web site.

For bus companies in Muscat use the Moovit app to search out routes.

There may be additionally a bus service in Salalah.

Hiring a automobile in Oman

Mr Tin Box looking out the drivers side window at a camel laid down beside the road in Wahiba Desert

Except you’re a household on a sluggish journey journey you’re most likely restricted for time. This is the reason we suggest hiring a automobile in case you are visiting Oman with youngsters.

This offers you extra freedom and permit you to not be tied to timetables. You’ll additionally be capable of see extra of the nation.

You may rent automobiles of all sizes from Europcar, Enterprise, Greenback, Finances and Alamo at Muscat Worldwide Airport and Salalah Worldwide Airport.

To rent a automobile you’ll want your UK or dwelling nation drivers license, your passport, a bank card and your Oman Visa. You don’t want a global driving allow.

You may drive on a UK license for 3 months, in order that’s greater than sufficient for a seven or 10 day highway journey.

If you’re headed to the mountains you have to a 4×4, even when you don’t intend to go off highway. 

The primary mountain roads are steep and windy, and there are police examine factors on the backside the place they cease you to ensure your automobile is match for the journey.

Have a learn of my information to driving in Oman for extra data and tips on getting behind the wheel right here.

Evaluate costs* and discover the correct automobile for your loved ones.

Baby automobile seats in Oman

In the event you’re visiting Oman with youngsters beneath the age of 4 it’s a authorized requirement for them to have a automobile seat in non-public and employed vehicles in addition to taxis. 

If you’re hiring a automobile you may examine with the rental firm whether or not they can provide a seat.

Nonetheless I’d strongly advise you to convey your individual, particularly for youngsters over the age of 4. As these should not a authorized requirement in Oman they don’t seem to be extensively accessible for older youngsters.

Airways will let you convey a automobile seat per baby for no extra cost. Purchase a automobile seat bag for some additional safety. 

We are able to suggest the Roam and Rove automobile seat bag*. It has ruck sack model shoulder straps so you may carry your seat fingers free on the airport.

Extra important studying earlier than visiting Oman with youngsters

In addition to studying my blogs about Oman I can suggest shopping for the Lonely Planet information* to Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsular. I purchased this earlier than our transfer right here and located it invaluable as an introduction to the nation and tradition.

Disclosure: this publish comprises affiliate hyperlinks marked with *. In the event you click on on certainly one of these and make a purchase order I could earn some fee. This doesn’t have an effect on the worth you pay.

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