Peaceful landscape of the Musandan fjords

Oman Travel Guide

Practical information

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Language(s)
Arabic
Currency
Arab Emirates Dirham
Time zone
UTC +4

Time Zone

The time zone in Oman is GMT +4

Languages

Arabic

The language in Oman is Arabic.

Useful Phrases

  • Naäam -Yes
  • Laa - No
  • Min faDlik - Please
  • Shukran - Thank you
  • Aafwan - You're welcome
  • Aläafw - Excuse me.
  • Arjuu almaädhira - I am sorry.
  • SabaaH alkhayr - Good morning.

Currency

Arab Emirates Dirham

The currency in Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR). In Dubai the currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com


On the Musandam Peninsula the United Arab Emirates Dirham is commonly used. We recommend using Dirham rather than Rial. ATMs are widely available or you can exchange money at Dubai Airport.  

Electricity

240V 55Hz – Standard European two prong plug.

Weather

Along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, the weather is sunny all year round with occasional winter rains possible on the Musandam Peninsula.  An average of 15-20mm of rain will fall between December and March.


In summer the area is very hot with an average temperatures of 38°C but highs of 50°C are possible. The scorching temperatures are made more oppressive by high humidity off the sea. The summer monsoon from mid June to mid September brings some rain to the south eastern parts of the country.


In winter the temperatures are much more pleasant with an average of roughly 20°C. The best time to visit the Musandam Peninsula is between October and April when you can expect lovely warm days with the possibility of a little rain.


Although the weather is very warm during the day, the nights next to the sea can be much cooler so you will need something warm to wear in the evenings.

Safety and Security

Your safety and well-being is always the number one priority at Kandoo Adventures.

We operate all our travel destinations in accordance with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice, which publishes travel advisory notices for British nationals. We also closely follow the advice of ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) which provides support to UK tour operators.  


In addition to this, our extensive, directly-managed operations in each of our destinations, provide us with detailed knowledge and up-to-date information, which enables us to make informed decisions and operate our trips safely.

We always recommend that you regularly check the FCDO's travel advice, in order to keep up to date about the country you are planning to visit.


If you are not a UK resident, we would recommend that you visit your government's travel advisory website for further information:



Alternatively, you may wish to visit our Travel Updates page or seek further information from the World Health Organisation.

Lost or delayed luggage

We recommend that you wear your walking boots to travel and pack as many essential items as possible in your carry-on luggage. If your luggage is delayed we can then do our best to kit you out to start the trek on time. In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost, our procedure is as follows: 


  • Establish what items are missing and a contingency plan for each critical item
  • If it reaches 6pm on the evening before starting the trek and your luggage has not arrived we recommend buying and/or hiring items immediately as a precaution
  • We will take you to a shop where you can buy toiletry items, e.g. toothbrush. You will be able to find everything you need in Dubai or Khasab. 

We will do everything we can to help if your luggage is lost or delayed. Be sure to check your insurance policy coverage for lost luggage cover.

Kayaking in the Musandam fjords

Geography

The sultanate of Oman is located on the south east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the Untied Arab Emirates to the north west, Yemen to the south and Saudi Arabia to the west. The enclave of Musandam is part of the sultanate but separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates.


Oman’s climate is hot and dry in the interior which is mostly desert, and humid along the coasts. The Al Hajjar Mountains run along the northern coast and the Dhofar mountain range can be found in the south east. The highest point in the country is the peak of Jebel Shams at 3009m, located in the Hajjar range.


Indigenous mammals include the Arabian leopard, hyena, fox, oryx and ibex. There are over 400 different bid species including the endemic white collared kingfisher. In the warm waters of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman you can spot endangered green turtles and the critically endangered hawksbill turtle.