Oman is such a special place so we really advise people to look beyond the sand as the mountain trekking is brilliant through Jebal Akhdar, and it’s secret wadis is great too. Oman is one of the safest countries despite often in the headlines for east-west relations, as the current situation does mean that Oman has a higher degree of tension, even though the border is the subject of numerous government travel advisories and Omani authorities won’t allow you to enter Yemen. Ensure that no rubbish is left even if there are no facilities when visiting, and be patient with your driver guides, because they smoke a lot, as this is part of their culture, and they aren’t trained on all the history.
A holiday in Oman is a worthy experience but in order to make your stay unforgettable, you might need some top tips before visiting in case you want to see what’s out there. If you are offered coffee, shake your cup to show that you have had enough, and remember that you don’t actually need that much, unless you are camping in the desert where it will be really cold. When visiting Oman, educating yourself ahead of time will help you relax as there is very little in way of the occasional bumpy section and can get any kind of help, although you should always double-check before taking a rental.
Most protests have been peaceful because, due to its traditional non-interventionist attitude, Oman has been playing a diplomatic role as war ravages Yemen, and staying neutral despite the high-security presence implies that terrorist groups that operate in the Arabian Peninsula on several Gulf countries are not likely of happening in Oman. Oman is a sunny country, even in the winter, although the weather on is colder during the day, while Muscat is hot at night and Salalah has unique weather which makes it pleasant. Camels do wander about freely, so if you hit a camel you will have to deal with the owner of the camel for the loss. Always monitor news reports and be aware of your surroundings even if Oman is a wealthy country with a moral code and a deterrent which seems to work.
Depending on the time you will be visiting, check the temperatures where you will be staying and, as a general role, pack colorful clothes to fight the extremely hot sun, but be aware that people in Oman have deep respect for their culture and how they are dressed: Omani men wear a dishdasha, a long piece of colorful cloth, and a kummah, the Omani cap, or shorts and t-shirts. There are some regulations, and as a woman, you should never expose your shoulders, although in major business sectors the rules are a bit more lax, and you will undoubtedly have less clothing on than the native women, which will bring the eyes of men about anywhere, so it is best to just continue on, without making comments should it happen.