Yes! Crime and terrorism is low and nonexistent. So, Oman is one of the safest places in the world to travel to. However, Oman has one of the worst road death rates in the world, and is the second highest in the GCC according to the WHO. The good news is the rate of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 people is in decline, and most accidents I see are self inflicted; caused by speed and distraction. With Oman’s modern dualized roads and a good awareness of your surroundings you should be just fine behind the wheel of your rented magic carpeted 4×4.
What should I wear as a visitor to Oman?
Basically you should wear pants and shirts that cover your ankles all the way to your shoulders. There are some situations where less can be acceptable. Women generally should be more covered, sorry ladies. If you want more information about what to wear as a visitor to Oman, visit my blog post and episode of the Sultanate.
Do I need to rent a car?
Yes, for self travel it is almost a necessity. Other transport options include hiring a guide, booking a tour, using the taxi network, or taking the bus. Be sure to check out my guide on renting a car in Oman.
How long should I visit for?
One week should be a good amount of time to see some sights and relax a little. Of course this depends on what you want to see and do. I encourage more time, however.
When is the best time to visit?
Winter. The closer you can get to the winter solstice the better for temperature. November and February are good months as the temperature isn’t too hot, and there aren’t as many tourists in your way.
Can Oman be toured on a budget?
Yes, this is the goal of this blog, so read on.
What is the #1 must see sight in Oman?
The village of Misfat al Abreyeen is probably the quintessential Oman that you are looking for.