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Safety in Oman: Tips and information to stay safe in Oman

by Luz Prada | July 24, 2019
camels walking in a lake in Oman

Oman has become one of the most attractive destinations among the Gulf countries in recent years because of its great variety of landscapes, and for the richness of its history and traditions. 

However, as it is still not a well-known destination, this question may arise: is Oman a safe destination? If we have to answer this question in general terms, the answer is that Oman is a very safe destination, since there is a low rate of crime and theft.

Of course, it is always necessary to take certain precautions. We strongly advise you to be vigilant in crowded places and avoid the beach at sunset or at night if you travel alone, especially in areas far away from the capital.

If you are worried about the security due to the geographical situation of the Sultanate, there is no need. Oman is one of the safest countries in the area, although it is not recommended to travel to the border area with Yemen, a country in conflict. We also recommend avoiding the Indian Ocean area near the coasts of Pakistan and Somalia.

The desert in Oman

Due to the country's own characteristics, the territory of Oman is made up of very unpopulated areas, such as the desert and the mountains. Of course, you cannot miss visiting the desert of Wahiba Sands or the mountain of Jebel al Akhdar, but it is better to do it with guides who know the terrain.

desert in Oman

It is important to watch out for the weather. It is essential to take the necessary precautions for extreme heat. In addition, you must also keep in mind that torrential rains sometimes cause floods that can be dangerous in areas such as wadis.

Lastly, although Oman has a good health infrastructure, we strongly recommend having insurance that includes medical expenses and repatriation.

Omani culture, tradition and hospitality

Another question that may arise, especially if you are a woman, is what clothing is appropriate. For reasons of respect for the local culture, it is recommended that both women and men dress modestly, avoiding garments such as tank tops or skirts and shorts.

On one hand, the hijab is not mandatory. Oman is a safe country, even for women who travel alone. Nevertheless, relations between people of the same sex are punished, and there are sanctions against actions considered immoral or out of public order. The best is to avoid any public displays of affection.

On the other hand, hospitality is part of Arab culture, so it will not be surprising that you are invited to tea as a thank you for visiting their country.

Fishermen in Oman

Our last two general recommendations are: 

And that’s it! Now you are ready to enjoy your trip to Oman.