P O Box 309
Medinat Sultan Qaboos
Post Code 115
Sultanate of Oman
Global Scuba - An environmentally aware dive centre
your first choice for Eco friendly Diving in Oman. We
offer a full range of NAUI and PADI courses including
NAUI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water for those who wish
to learn to dive and can qualify you to PADI Advanced
Open Water NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or as high as PADI
Master Diver or NAUI Master Scuba Diver.
Sultanate of Oman is a fascinating and beautiful country
situated at the far eastern edge of the exotic Arabian
The diving in Oman is the best in the Gulf, with intact
coral and plenty of big fish. Dolphins can be seen in
the hundreds following tuna and you can also see whales
and whale sharks depending on the season. There are
many wrecks and opportunities for drift and other specialised
dives. Oman is nothing like Egypt's Red Sea resorts
of Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada as you will not find
throngs of tourists.
The diving in Oman is not spoiled the by thousands of
divers, the corals are intact and fresh. Underwater
you will see turtles and big morays, depending on the
dive site, Black tip reef sharks and other types can
be seen. There are some nice big devil rays at 8ft (2.5m)
and there is a full range of small fish like groupers,
lion fish, golden cardinals and if you are observant
you can spot frog fish and sea horses. There are even
occasional sightings of whale sharks.
Oman has just recently opened its doors to tourism.
Good roads stretch for thousands of kilometers and are
very well maintained, the hospitals and schools and
food outlets are very clean and safe. The government
has a strong hold over environmental marine issues for
industry and enforces them. More new marine and land
reserves are to be formed to protect turtles and birds.
The first thing you will think about Oman is how clean,
how calm and friendly the people are.
Climate Muscat 66 - 100F 19 - 38C Interior areas can
reach 130F 54C
Water Temps Average 80F 26C
Visibility 65+ ft 20+ m
Seeb International Airport, located in Muscat, is served
by many international airlines such as British Airways,
KLM, Kuwait Airways, Swiss Air and Emirates. The national
carrier is Oman Air which flies to the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), India, Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, and Sri Lanka
as well as performing domestic flights to Salalah, Masirah
Island and Musandam.
PASSPORTS: Passport valid for at least 6 months required
by all except the following:
(a) nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE
holding national identity cards;
(b) holders of Macau (SAR) Travel Permit.
Visa regulations and procedures have recently been streamlined.
Full details are available at Embassies and Consulates
throughout the world. Or you may contact the Royal Oman
Police through their website, www.rop.gov.om or email them at email@example.com
Citizens of most countries can benefit from these new
procedures and can obtain tourist visas for $13.00 (15
Euro). The visa can be obtained on arrival at Seeb International
Airport, at sea ports and land borders.
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY,
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF TOURISM
P.O. Box 550, Muscat, Postal Code 113, Sultanate of
Tel: (00968) 771-7085 / 774-331 / 774-329
Fax (00968) 771-4213 / 771-4436
There are many Travel Agencies and Tourist Guides who
will arrange sightseeing tours around the cities, visits
to historical sites and activities like wadi-bashing
and diving. These agencies can arrange for car rentals,
bus tours for large parties and overnight trips into
the interior. The Directorate General of Tourism has
appointed special guides to help ensure the visitor's
every interest is catered for.
Taxis or cars can be hired at the airport, or hotels
will arrange for transport.
Offices at Al Falaj Hotel (tel 702311); Al Bustan Palace
Hotel (799666 ext 487); Muscat InterContenetal Hotel
(600500 ext 8399); Salalah (291145); Seeb International
Airport (519176); Sheraton Oman Hotel (799899)
Offices at Ruwi Novotel (794721); Salalah Holiday Inn
(235160); Seeb International Airport (510816 - 24hrs)
Offices at mutrah Buisiness District (700190); Muscat
Holiday inn (697123 ext 563)
Offices at Gulf Hotel (560100 ext 820); Seeb International
Well maintained highways link every major city in Oman.
Information relating to Car Rental facilities (International
Driving License required) and Bus Tours is available
at Travel Agencies and through Tourist Guides.
220 Volts - 240 Volts at 50 cycles
International direct telephone dialling, telex and fax
facilities are available in all major cities in Oman.
Telephone booths (phone cards) are available in abundance
for international and local calls. Internet access is
provided at hotels and various cyber cafes in the main
Health and Medical Facilities
Hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics are available
throughout Oman. Modern hospitals with state-of-the-art
equipment can contend with any emergency.
Credit Cards such as American Express, Visa, Mastercard
and Diners Club are widely accepted in shopping areas.
Oman is a relatively small but has a surprisingly diverse
climate - and therefore, a varied natural landscape
- as you move from the North of the country to the South.
The Omani summer runs from April to September and, for
the most part is hot (averaging 40 C). and very humid
in certain areas. From July to September the Dhofar
region in the South enjoys rain and cooler temperatures.
GMT + 4 hours. Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
Arabic is the official language, but English is widely
spoken. German and French are spoken by hotel staff.
The official religion of Oman is Islam. Mosques are
found almost everywhere for Muslims with the accompanied
facilities. Other worshippers can perform their religions
in several churches and temples mainly in Muscat.
Nightclubs and discotheques are found in the larger
hotels, and alcoholic beverages are served in licensed
hotels and restaurants only.
For most of the year, light, loose-fitting clothes,
preferably cotton, are best suited to Oman's climate.
To comply with Omani traditions, it is advised not to
wear revealing dresses or swimsuits in residential areas.
From December to March a light wrap or jacket may be
required in the evening.
International restaurants are found all over Oman, from
fast-food outlets to fusion cooking, haute cuisine dining
to hamburgers. Prices range, and a three course meal
can be found to suit any budget. Most hotels will have
a number of international restaurants providing food
from the likes of Mexico, France, Thailand, Japan and
Traditional Omani Food is fairly simple, but by using
various marinades and impregnating meat with spices,
the result is a mouth-watering concoction which stimulates
Chicken, fish and mutton are regularly used in dishes.
A favourite drink is laban, a salty buttermilk. Yoghurt
drinks, flavoured with cardamom and pistachio nuts are
also very popular. Alcohol may be purchased in the hotel
bars and restaurants and certain independent restaurants.
and government establishments: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
(Sat-Wed, week-end is Thr. and Fri )
sector companies: 8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 7:00pm
(SAt-Wed) 8:00am to 1:00pm on Thursdays.
8:00am to 1:00pm; 4:00pm to 9:00pm except Mutrah
souq which closes at 7:30pm.
8:00 am to 12 noon.
7:30 am to 2:00pm except Thr/Fr and official holidays.
Things to do in Oman
The Sultanate of Oman has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts,
It is paradise for scuba divers, enchanting to the eye
for photo enthusiasts and film buffs, and its diverse
natural beauty makes it an ideal place for camping and
Oman boasts a wild and varied coastline. There is a
wealth of scenery, wildlife an pleasure awaiting the
underwater explorer. The Oman Dive Center (ODC), located
on one of Oman most beautiful and rich sites of natural
heritage, offers a complete range of diving courses.
Diving equipment is available on dive excursions, which
include overnight diving and camping trips. Also, Bandar
Al-Rawdah Marina, Diving Centers, OmanDiving.com, Scuba
Diving in Oman.
Photography and Filming
Oman provides tremendous opportunities for serious and
casual photographers. Graded tracks wind along picturesque
mountains, together with serene sandy beaches and lush
green plains. An occasional burst of wildlife can be
seen in the form of a white onyx, or even a mountain
fox racing across the horizon against a breathtaking
To the avid rock climber Oman is seeming paradise. Rugged
mountains, rising at their highest point to 3,000 meters,
stretch for over 300 km. In among the peaks is a maze
of spurs and wadis, deep canyons and towering cliffs.
Getting into the mountain in four wheel drive is easy
enough; getting up them is another matter. Also, Caving
& Climbing, Rock Climbing
Oman is a fascinating place to explore with its diverse
and beautiful landscape. Overnight camping in wadis
or on sandy beaches and desert safaris are very popular
among outdoor enthusiasts craving for adventure. Many
specialized tour operators provide complete camping
facilities from vehicles to drivers, guides, logistical
equipment, and packed meals.
Camel racing is an extraordinary sport, with large numbers
of camels and their owners congregating at the race
track. Camels are carefully bred for the track and reared
on highly nutritious diet. Juvenile jockeys astride
oddly loping mounts generate tremendous excitement on
these occasions, which are held mainly during National
Day celebrations, and other public holidays. Seeb is
the center for this unique sport, which can also be
seen in Samail, Salalah, the Interior and Batinah region.
Bull fighting is yet another popular sport where two
Brahim bulls of the same size are pitted against each
other without a drop of blood being spilled. The first
to run always is declared the loser, but not before
a cheering and enthusiastic audience. The fight lasts
just for a few minutes and the bulls suffer little or
no injury, except for a few scratches and a bruised
ego on the part of both the losing bull and its owner.
Sightseeing in exotic Muscat is a unique experience.
Half and full-day city tours offered by most tour operators
include visits to the old walled city of Muscat, the
Qurm museum and other picturesque sea front Mutrah neighborhood
with its old white buildings and labyrinthine souq where
visitors can buy the most exquisite silver jewelry.
A permit from the Department of Castles and Forts at
the ministry of National Heritage and Culture is needed
to visit archeological sites and old forts. ( Tel 602555)
Oman is unquestionably a great place for shopping. Local
craftsmen excel in arts and handicrafts such as silver-smithing
and weaving. Visitors can buy intricately carved handmade
daggers, coffee pots, rose-water sprinklers, incense
burners, rugs, saddles, bags, camel straps, and fragrant
frankincense. Women's jewelry is perhaps the finest
expression of the silversmiths' art, ranging from small
silver boxes designed to hold kohl, to bracelets, earrings
and rings, heavy anklets, and huge belts and necklaces.
Well, you can not avoid the heat in the summer time.
You may do some shopping in the many commercial malls
that spread all over Muscat. Another thing is go skating
at Al Khuwair Skating Center or you may visit Shatti
Al Qurm to enjoy the ocean breeze. Sport indoor facilities
can be found in club and sport complexes as well.
Al Muhit Recreation Center - Salalah, 211243
Seeb Novotel - 510300 ext. 186
Sheraton Oman Bowling Center - 799899 ext. 5026
Oman Cricket Association - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel 968-79 66 55 / 968-79 87 86 Fax 968-70 63 72 / 968-68
British Cricket Club - 600909
Oman Darts Club 618426
Al Maha Golf Club - 513706
Flamingo Park Golf Club - 467058
Ghala Wentworth 591248
Al Khuwair Center Ice Rink - 696492
Oman Automobile Association (OAA) - 510239
Oman Automobile Club - 677750
Muscat Bikers (HD) - 561749
Muscat Rugby Football Club - 604890, clubhouse.
Muscat Hash House Harriers - 614556
Jebel Hash House Harriers - 516370
Muscat Road Runners - 678918
Salalah Hash House Harriers - 235423
Wudam Hash House Harriers 616320
Sailing, Surfing, and Boating
Capital Area Yatch Club (CAYC) - 737712
Civil Aviation Yatch and Beach Club - 519424
Oman Laser Association - 675148
RAFO Salalah Shooting Society - 235205
Muscat Softball League - 602961
Muscat Squash League - 701998
Salalah Squash Ladder - 235242
Muscat Tennis League - 675210