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10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 25 October 2023
10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

If you're moving to Oman, it's important to take some time to learn and respect their culture. The customs and traditions in Oman are what make it unique. By understanding these and by showing respect for their traditions, you'll have a better and more enjoyable time in Oman.

Here are ten insider things to know that will help you transition smoothly in Oman:

1. Oman’s scenery is more than just deserts

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

While the wide golden sands of Oman’s desert are awe-inspiring, Oman offers an abundance of scenic landscapes - from the lush greenery of Salalah during the Khareef season to the towering peaks of the Al Hajar Mountains.

2. You should never miss going to Muttrah Souq

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

Located in the heart of Muscat, this bustling market is a maze of alleys filled with traditional crafts, spices, and textiles. Bargaining gently has been part of the culture here, and it’s even considered an art.

3. Oman’s weekends are Friday and Saturday

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

Unlike many Western countries where the weekend falls on Saturday and Sunday, in Oman, the official weekend begins on Friday, aligning with Islamic traditions.

4. Omani hospitality knows no bounds

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

If an Omani invites you into their home, you’ll likely be offered dates and coffee, and always, always accept with your right hand. You should understand that declining after the third pour is a polite way to signal you’ve had enough.

5. Visit the Grand Mosque; it's a masterpiece

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat isn't just a place of worship. It’s an architectural marvel with one of the world's largest chandeliers and hand-woven carpets. However, dress modestly and visit during non-prayer times.

6. Wadi Bashing is a popular pastime here

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

‘Wadis’ are riverbeds that fill up during rains, and locals often head there for picnics or adventurous drives. If you're visiting, it’s advisable to have a 4x4 vehicle and some knowledge of the terrain.

7. Roundabouts rule the roads of Oman

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

Navigating Oman's roads involves mastering the art of the roundabout. They're everywhere and often favored over traffic lights. Always give way to the car on your left.

8. Every district is very different from another

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

From the coastal beauty of Sur, known for its traditional dhow-building, to Nizwa, with its iconic fort and goat market, every corner of Oman tells a unique story.

9. Turtle-watching is a famous tourist attraction here

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

Ras al Jinz, located on the eastern shores of Oman, is a haven for green turtles. Visitors can witness turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. While it's a beautiful sight, remember to keep a respectful distance and avoid using flashlights or camera flashes.

10. You need to try Halwa, Oman’s national dessert

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Oman

This rich, gelatinous dessert, made with saffron, rosewater, and various nuts, is a staple at Omani celebrations. Paired with Omani coffee, it's a flavor combination that's truly unforgettable.