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General Info about Oman

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General Info about Oman

+ 3 hours, which become +2 hours when DST is in Italy.

National Day: 18 November New Year: 01 January - Renaissance Day: 23 July

Delivered at 220/240 volts and 50 cycles. The sockets are for 3-blade English type plugs.

Oman is a country of extraordinary beauty, rich in subjects for photography lovers like everywhere, it is forbidden to photograph ports, airports and military areas. Local people, especially the elderly and women, do not like being photographed and in any case it is essential to ask for consent before photographing them.

The climate in Oman given the extent and morphology varies considerably from area to area. In general, the best time to visit the country is from October to April, when average daytime temperatures vary from 26 ° C to 35 ° C and night-time temperatures from 16 ° C to 20 ° C. In the north in summer the climate is hot and humid and the warmer and less comfortable months are June and July. Inland, in the desert, it is hot and dry and in the mountainous areas the climate is very pleasant. The south (Dhofar) has a tropical climate and during the months from June to the end of August it is influenced by the slight monsoon rains that come from the Indian Ocean, the phenomenon is called "khareef".

For Italian citizens to enter Oman, a valid passport is required with a maturity of not less than 6 months from the date of entry into Oman. The visa obtainable upon arrival (current cost OMR 5 for stays up to 10 days and OMR 20 for 11 days to 30 days).

No vaccination required. The country enjoys good public health facilities and many private clinics with international management.

Oman is divided into 11 governorates Muscat, Dhofar, Musandam Batinah north and Batinah south, Al Buraymi, Al Wusta, North Sharqiya and south Sharqiya, Al Zahira, Dhakiliya. Each in turn is subdivided into smaller districts called Wilayats governed by Wali.

The Omani currency unit is the Rial (OMR or RO) which is divided into 1000 Baisa. With the current exchange rate, 1 Rial equals approximately 2.5 euros. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and shopping centers. In many local restaurants and small shops, payment must be made in cash.

To call from Italy to Oman, dial the international prefix 00968 followed by the desired number. The country is covered by a good GSM network and it is possible to use mobile phones except for some remote areas of the country.

Comfortable and informal, only some 05 * hotels require more formal clothing for dinner. It is always desirable when traveling in a foreign country to respect the uses, customs and sensitivities of the local population. Oman is an Islamic country so avoid excessively skimpy clothes (especially in rural areas). Topless and nudism are prohibited. To visit the Great Mosque of Muscat, women must be completely covered (ankles included) and have a scarf on their head. Men too must wear long trousers and at least a shirt or a t-shirt. To get inside the mosque you have to take off your shoes.

The official religion in Oman is Islam. Most of the Omanis follow the Ibadi doctrine which rejects all kinds of fanaticism and violence.

The Omani government system is an absolute and hereditary monarchy through the male line of Sayyid Turki bin Said bin Sultan, of the Al Busaidi dynasty, the great-great-grandfather of the current ruler, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. He is Head of State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, as well as Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs, although with the passage of time the various ministries will pass under the Council of Ministers. In contrast to many Gulf societies, women play an important and leading role in the development of Oman. In 1988, Oman appointed the first female under-secretary in a ministry, the first ever in a Gulf state. In 1999, Oman appointed the first female ambassador and in 2003 prime minister.

Almost all local restaurants do not serve alcoholic beverages. Many hotels, even if belonging to international chains, are not licensed to sell alcohol. In supermarkets and shops, spirits are not for sale.

They are always welcome and are a sign of gratitude for having appreciated the service provided above all by the guides and drivers during the tours and excursions.

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