Fast Facts For New Residents

  • The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken in the capital area.

  • Dress modestly. While there is no need for women to wear head coverings, it’s more respectful of Oman’s culture if shoulders and knees are covered (men and women) when out in public. Be especially observant during the holy month of Ramadan.

  • The official religion of Oman is Islam. Mosques are found almost everywhere for Muslims. Other worshippers can practice their religions in several churches and temples around Muscat.

  • Electricity is 220/240 volts and 50 cycles.

  • The unit of currency is the Omani Rial (RO) comprising 1,000 baizas (bz). One RO is equal to about $2.60 USD. See for daily conversion rates.

  • A liter of regular gasoline costs about 200 bz (as of September 2017).

  • Seat belts are required for all drivers and front-seat passengers in Oman.

  • Cell phone use is prohibited while driving in Oman.

  • Refrain from taking photographs of military or government buildings. Most “No Photo” zones are posted as such.

  • There is a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for drinking and driving, which is strictly enforced, and will mean immediate jail time for the offender.

  • Visitors can drive in Oman as long as they have a valid international driver’s license. As a resident, you will need to obtain an Oman driver’s license. This usually requires a vision test and, in most cases, does not require a road test.

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