If you are anything like us then you are probably attracted to traveling to countries that are not on everyone’s bucket lists. Yes, Paris and Rome are beautiful cities that you should definitely visit at least once in your life, but don’t you think that it is more fun to go to a country that is completely different from yours and learn about a new culture?
As you know, when it comes to planning your next vacation, the possibilities are endless. Most of us have a list of cities and countries they would like to go and things to experience. Oman is one of those countries that you should definitely consider for your next trip. In the following article, we are going to provide you with some basic information about this country and talk about the places you cannot miss visiting.
How to get a Visa?
Up until recently, you were able to get the Visa on Arrival, but you would have to wait quite some time in line at the airport. Now, your best option is to apply for eVisa. Firstly, you will have to check if you are eligible for one and if you are, visit this website and follow the instructions.
Getting your visa approved is very simple which is why you should put Oman on your bucket list. All you are required to do is to fill out the form and provide the company with all the necessary information, make an online payment, and you will get the approved visa on your email within a few days.
On the other hand, if your country is a member state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) you are not required to have this document at all. Also, if you have been to Israel before, there is no need to worry because you will be granted the entrance to Oman.
Accommodation & Transportation
After the Visa, these are two important things that you should inquire about. When it comes to accommodation, you have to know that Oman is a no-hostel country, meaning that only hotels are at your disposal. Clearly, you can choose between budget and 5-start ones and this all depends on your preference and finances.
Furthermore, we have to be completely honest with you – transportation in Oman is really bad. The cheapest option you have is the bus, but then you will have to follow the schedule and you are going to be time-restricted. You can use their version of Uber or regular cab service just make sure to discuss the price with the drivers of the later one. Due to its many benefits, most people opt for renting a vehicle, so you should consider doing the same.
Money & Internet Service
The Omani Rial is the official currency in Oman. One Rial is about 2.60 US dollars and the great thing is that you can pay almost everything with your credit card. This includes all the restaurants, shops, and grocery stores.
If you want to have some cash with you, just in case, you have the best chance of finding the ATM machines in malls. This is something to be expected since these are usually visited by tourists.
Furthermore, the Internet connection is another thing that is really important for your stay. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi networks are available only in hotels and restaurants and also, you can only connect to the web with the local number which means that you will have to buy a SIM card.
What to visit in Oman?
Now, let’s discuss some tourist attractions that you cannot miss. This country is great both for the people who want to relax and enjoy their stay, but also for those who are looking for adventure.
If you want to get familiar with the traditions of this country, then your first stop should be a little village called Misfat al Abryeen. The buildings are made of stone in orange and brown colors, and you can take the stair up to the mountain while enjoying the view and being surrounded by banana trees. There is also a watchtower where you will be able to see a breath-taking panorama of the village and surrounding area.
Another quiet place that you can explore is Mashirah Island. Besides being an airbase, this is a great place for you to relax while sunbathing, walk around small towns or watch the animals in their natural habitat. You can get here by ferry and spend the day swimming or exploring numerous secluded parts of the island.
One of the biggest tourist attractions is located in the capital city of Muscat and that is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The construction of this modern building was completed in 2001 and today it can greet up to 20,000 visitors. It is not only known because of its stunning architecture, but there are also two magnificent pieces – an enormous chandelier and the second largest handmade prayer carpet that weighs 21 tones and that took four years to be made.
If you want to visit some historic sites then you should definitely go to the Nizwa area and explore the Jabrin Fort (Jabreen Castle). It was built by the Yaruba dynasty in 1675 and you can opt for a guided tour. This is a unique chance to explore the inside of the castle and all the hidden spots and learn more about the history of this town.
On the other note, if you want to investigate the natural sites, Ras al Jinz is the place for you. This place is known as a turtle reserve and if you opt for a holiday between May and October, you will probably get the chance to see the turtle nests on the beach and even observe baby turtles hatch and find their way to the ocean. You can opt for a one day trip, but you can also spend the night there and explore other places like the Turtle Visitor
Center and Museum
To sum up, these are some basic things that you should be aware of when planning your trip to Oman. Just like any other vacation, there are numerous practical things to consider and plan in advance, but also do not forget to make a list of places you want to visit and investigate them a little bit before the vacation.