On the coast of the Arabian Sea, Oman is a country which offers the sort of rustic charms which cannot be found in neighbouring countries. The town of Bahla, which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is proof of that. A visit to the capital of Muscat will provide a further look into Omani history.
Some of the sights of Oman can really take your breath away. The sand dunes in the central coastal area and the Hajar Mountains to the north are two of the greatest sights in the entire region. Oman is a good place to go for a stroll on the beach too, but be sure to dress appropriately, even if the weather is a little on the scorching side!
What are the roads like in Oman?
In spite of the fact that it’s not the richest country in the region, the road network in parts of Oman is pretty good. Four-lane highways connect the major cities as well as providing connections between Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Off the beaten track, some of the roads aren’t properly paved, which can make for hazardous driving, especially with sandstorms nearby.
What are the drivers like in Oman?
Occasionally you might find that drivers in and around the big cities are aggressive, but on the whole, you’re unlikely to encounter road rage too often. Be sure to drive carefully though, especially on some of the more rural and minor roads where the ground can be a little bumpy. Fatalities on the road are more likely in Oman than in neighbouring countries.
What are the best times to drive?
Weekends are pretty good for driving in most parts of the country, as traffic isn’t too heavy. Avoiding early mornings and evenings can help minimise your risk of being caught in a heavy traffic jam. Some national and religious holidays can lead to miles of tailbacks.
What are the driving laws?
In Oman, it’s essential that you have a valid passport and driving licence. You also need to make sure that your car is clean, as it’s illegal to drive around in a dirty car. Any car that’s not deemed clean enough will be pulled up and a possible on-the-spot fine of OMR10 (around £16) can be issued. Also, be sure to wear a seatbelt at all times, even though this law isn’t always fully-enforced.
The distance between major cities is such in Oman that it’s possible for heat exhaustion to set in. Bring some water for long journeys.
Some parts of Oman have no mobile phone signal, so waiting for assistance if needed could take a while.
Petrol in Oman is far cheaper than in other countries. Filling up your tank is therefore not going to be too much of a problem.