Most people don’t even consider Oman when they’re picking their next holiday destination.
But this is a BIG mistake!
Oman is unlike any other country in the world – chock-full of hidden gems, sights to see and natural beauty.
But the word ‘hidden’ is a problem.
Many travelers are completely unaware of what Oman has to offer.
So in this blog, we’re going to share 8 things you never knew about Oman!
We’ve also included some top reasons why you should consider this middle-east destination for your next vacation.
Here are some interesting facts about Oman that you might not know:
Oman has a progressive attitude towards culture. In fact, did you know that the Royal Opera House in Muscat was the first opera to be built on the Arabian Peninsula?
The opera house shares its grounds with a small theatre, luxury shops, restaurants, and gardens. Construction on the building began in 2007. The opera “Rigoletto” by Verdi was the first one to be performed in the autumn of 2011 for a small circle of guests.
2. Zero crime!
Oman is one of the safest countries in the world and is known as an Oasis of Peace… The crime rate in the country is virtually zero!
3. No Coca-Cola!
There are almost no Coca-Cola products in the country! But don’t worry! If you get thirsty, you can enjoy Pepsi. Mountain Dew is the top-selling beverage in Oman.
4. Low tax
If you want to save some money on taxes – Oman is a great place for you to work, because the country does not levy income tax.
Many taxpayers are entitled to a lower rate of tax at 0 – 3% (subject to conditions). Withholding tax is levied at the rate of 10%on specified payments to foreigners.
5. Ancient history
Oman was one of the first places on earth to be inhabited by people.. Humanity is said to have grown its roots from this very place 8,000 years ago.
6. Talking scents
Amouage – one of the world’s most valuable perfumes with an unmistakable scent – is produced in Oman.
The fragrance was established in 1983, and the company that produces it represents itself as a Royal brand since it was created as an authentic gift to the world’s leaders when they visited the country.
7. Tourism is growing
Oman is open to tourists. Up until 1970, there were no hotels in the country, but nowadays there are hundreds of them. Here is a list of some of the best resorts in Oman.
Tourism grew considerably after 2000, and it’s predicted that this is going to be one of the largest industries.
According to “Lonely Planet, Muscat was proclaimed the best city to visit in the world in 2012.
8. When to visit
The best time to visit Oman is winter. Oman’s climate is typical for the Arabian Peninsula. The summers are scorchingly hot so it is best not to visit in the months of May to July.
However, travellers will experience pleasant temperatures – rarely above 30C degrees – in the months from October – March.
Thinking of visiting Oman? You’ll need a visa!
You will need to secure an E-Visa before you can travel to Oman for a holiday.
An E-Visa will entitle you to travel around Oman on vacation for a period of up to 10 days.
If the prospect of completing tricky visa application documents is stressing you out, why not contact Visa First?
Forget tedious queues at the embassy! We offer a secure online service and our team will guide you through the entire E-Visa application process from start-to-finish.