Visa & Health
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Oman.
Up-to-date travel information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/oman/entry-requirements (British riders)
Addresses of consulates
- Ambassade du Sultanat d'Oman
50, avenue d'Iéna
Tél. : 01.47.23.01.63
Fax : 01.47.23.02.25
- Ambassade en Oman
PO Box 208
PC 115 Madinat Qabous MASCATE
Tél. : (00) 968 - 24 68 18
Fax : (00) 968 - 24 68 18
- Consulat général du Sultanat d'Oman
Chemin de Roilbot 3a
Tél. : 022/758 96 60
Fax : 022/758 96 66
- Ambassade d'Oman
AV. HERRMANN-DEBROUX 40/42
Tél. : 02.679.70.10
Fax : 02/534.79.92
Healthcare facilities in Oman are similar to those in the UK. British nationals are required to use the private healthcare system. Visitors who don’t have travel insurance or the means to settle any charges may be prevented from leaving the country until the debt is paid. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 9999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
The heat can be extreme and deaths have occurred due to dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Budget and money
The official currency is the Omani rial (OR but widely spelt RO). One rial is divided into 1000 baisa (also spelt baiza and shortened to bz). There are coins of 5, 10, 25 and 50 baisa, and notes of 100 and 200 baisa. There are notes of a half, one, five (which looks unfortunately similar to a one rial note), 10, 20 and 50 rials.
Telephone and jetlag
Northern Oman is dominated by three physiographic zones. The long, narrow coastal plain known as Al-Bātinah stretches along the Gulf of Oman. The high, rugged Hajar Mountains extend southeastward, parallel to the gulf coast, from the Musandam Peninsula to a point near Cape al-Hadd at the easternmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Much of the range reaches elevations above 4,800 feet (1,463 metres); Mount Shams (“Sun Mountain”), at an elevation of 9,777 feet (2,980 metres), is the country’s highest point. The great central divide of Wadi Samāʾil separates the Ḥajar into a western and an eastern range. An inland plateau falls away to the southwest of the Ḥajar Mountains into the great Rubʿ al-Khali (“Empty Quarter”) desert, which the sultanate shares with Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
People, culture and traditions
Official languages: Arabic
Religion: Islam (Ibadi)
Government: Unitary parliamentary absolute monarchy
Area: 309,500 km²
Population: 4,424,762 (2016 estimate)
GDP: $189,582 billion (2017 estimate)
Currency: Rial (OMR)
Time zone: GST (UTC+4)
Calling code: +968
Source: (c) Wikipedia, 2018.
Choosing the right riding holiday
Choosing the right riding holiday
If you have always felt drawn to the desert, then a visit to Arabia is a must. Oman for much of the 20th century was known as the place where time stood still. If you are looking to find something of that timelessness, then what better way to experience ancient Arabian way of life than on horseback. Take inspiration from feeling as though you are walking in the footsteps of historical characters when you are invited into nomadic camps and perhaps the chance to even see some of the camel caravans that still cross this desert. Ride like the Bedouins in the early morning, late afternoon, evenings or even at night, while taking long siestas to miss the unforgiving midday heat. Ride beautiful Arab horses as they show you what great stamina they have.