Simply put Oman is the Jewel in the Middle East it is an adventure playground, it has some stunning scenery and a beautiful Ocean just waiting to be explored. And we at Nomads want to be part of that adventure When Tourism was kicked off only a few years ago the stated Philosophy was to attract the wealthy Tourists, the ones that stay in lavish hotels and so the theory goes spend more and thus aid the economy.
Our Philosophy is entirely different we want to encourage those with an adventurous spirit who are going to get out and see this country, to climb and trek in the Mountains, to Mountain Bike down the Wadis, to dive and Snorkel over the Coral reefs, to camp in the desert and to go home and to tell their mates what a wonderful time they have had And what better way to do this then to encourage families with kids and to make sure the kids have a great time and to go home and to tell their school buddies what an awesome place this is with friendly hospitable people. The buddies will tell their parents to come and when the kids are grown up they will bring their kids ……that’s sustainable tourism and if I was an Omani and proud of my country that is the Philosophy that I would endorse.
Nadine visited with Mike and the boys in 2016 stayed at Nomads Hired a car some camping gear and off road kit and just look at their adventure. They are extensive worldwide Travelers and they returned to Nomads sun tanned and yes a wee bit dusty and were proud to say that Oman was their Number One Country
This place is not for the single guys who might be looking to club all night and perhaps lay on the beach all day…forget it, go to Dubai This is for those that want to Camp, Hike, Dive, Climb, Camp, Mountain Bike, Snorkel, Sail, Camp, Kayak, Wind Surf, Water Ski, Camp, Kite Surf, climb a Via Ferrate, Survive Snake Gorge, take a Camel across the Desert, Camp, cross the Empty Quarter in a 4 WD, Fish, Jet Ski, watch Dolphins & Whales and indulge in just about any sport other than Winter sports!
It is possible to eat well and cheap but it means going to unlicensed restaurants Now if you are like me, I do like to unwind with a class of wine over dinner, particularly if Lorna has been nagging me all day !! And that is a drawback of Oman so you might want to bring in your duty free allowance which you can buy on arrival at Muscat airport
We have been exploring this country for over 20 years and there is always more to find. These days the roads are so good many people just cruise along at 120 Km/h and miss the beauty of the place. Over the years we have discovered some truly magnificent camping spots along the coast and breath taking drives or mountain bike trails across the Mountains.
The best way to explore Oman for those with time, is on a Mountain Bike and Camel but for most it is by Self drive Car. Most places are accessible with a 2WD car which is much cheaper than a 4WD but a 4WD does offer more flexibility particularly if you are do it yourself campers.You will have more room for your camping gear and can pull further off the main roads to find unique camping spots
Best Time to Visit
The heat of the summer starts to break in October and really cools off in November it starts to build again in April with the humidity kicking in around the Middle of May. My personal Favorite months are November and March.But even in the Height of the summer, it is possible to drive high into the mountains and enjoy some wonderful cooler weather
My goodness, this country that I love so dearly must have the platinum world record for the number of times they change the rules governing visas. The latest change was 26 June 2018. One of the changes made this time was to reintroduce the 10-day visa for a fee of 5 Oman Rials and thankfully this can be extended by 10 days. also at a cost of 5 rials. So you can now visit for 20 days at a cost of 10 Rials. Visas should be obtained online. Please see this link to the ROP website http://www.rop.gov.om/old/english/dg_pr_visas_tourist.asp. The first thing to determine is if you require a sponsored Visa Yes or No. This is based on your nationality or passport. The list of countries not requiring a sponsor is increasing so please check the Web site for latest information. If you do require a sponsor, unfortunately, Nomad Tours are not able to assist. We are informed that a certain degree of patience is required when enduring the online application process. But we promise you it is all worthwhile in the end, this is a stunningly beautiful country!
Population : 3,027,959 including 577,293 expatriates (July 2011 est.)
Note the population is increasing quite rapidly but hopefully not to many “Blokes”
Language : Arabic (official), English (widely spoken)
Capital : City of Muscat
Natural Resources : Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Fishery, Agriculture
Local Time : GMT +4
The currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR) divided into 1,000 baisa. Notes come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 rials, and 500 and 100 baiza. Foreign currency and travelers cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange bureaus, hotels and at the airport. Outside banking hours, money exchangers operate between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the evenings and at weekends. US Dollars are recommended. American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are readily accepted in large shops and hotels and by an increasing number of traders in the souks. http://www.worldtravels.com Banks such as Bank Muscat, Oman International Bank, Oman Arab Bank, National Bank of Oman and HSBC are available for service from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and are open from Sunday to Thursday. One OMR is equivalent to 2.58 US dollars and 1.81 Euros. Automated Teller Machines can be found in most major supermarkets, hotels and other locations throughout the country.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Oman when compared to that in western countries is similar. Yet, your living expenses will depend on the lifestyle you choose to have. Buying goods that are recognized brand names cost more than the local brands which are usually of comparable good quality and are sometimes even better.
The Omani culture has its roots firmly grounded in the Islamic religion. Oman developed its own particular form of Islam called Ibadhism, after its founder, Abdullah ibnIbadh who lived during the 7th Muslims. Omanis are not only tolerant of the beliefs of different Muslim divisions, they are also tolerant towards believers of other faiths, who are allowed to practice their religion in churches and temples. Islam is based on the fulfilment of the Five Pillars of Islam, or the hadiths. By fulfilling these duties, one is assured of a place in heaven.