Oman is perhaps the most accessible, beautiful and fascinating country on the Arabian peninsula. The dunes of the Wahiba Sands, a stunning coastline with deserted, white beaches and rugged mountains with spectacular gorges (or wadis) make this a country of considerable natural beauty. The culture and history of Oman are also evident in numerous ancient forts dotted throughout the country, traditional oases and villages and the splendour of beautiful cities such as Muscat and Nizwa. Whether trekking through the mountains, exploring the souks or taking a traditional dhow cruise along the coast, Oman will prove to be a memorable destination. Explore in depth highlights of Oman.

Travel Information for Oman
Time zone:GMT +4 (Oman standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Arabic
Other languages:English, Balochi, Urdu
Currency: Omani rials (OMR)

1 = OMR0.00, $1 = OMR0.00, £1 = OMR0.51

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.omInternational Dialling Code:    968

For help planning your trip to Oman including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Oman trip planning page.

Further information on Oman

Discover more about Oman - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of oman

Total area: 212,460 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 2,092 km (Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman)

Neighbours (border lengths): Saudi Arabia (676km), United Arab Emirates (410km), Yemen (288km)

Climate: Hot and humid climate along the coast, hot and dry in the desert interior. There is a strong southwest summer monsoon (from May to September) in the far south.

Highest mountain: Jabal Shams (2,980m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Oman from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 139/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 56/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 125/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 64/174
Overall Ranking:    148/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Sultanate of Oman     Status: Independent Country

Population: 3,219,775 (rank: 133/196)     Density: 15.1 people/sq km (rank: 173/196)

Ethnic groups: Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African

Religions: Ibadhi Muslim 75%, other (includes Sunni Muslim, Shia Muslim, Hindu) 25%

GDP (PPP): $94.86 billion       GDP per capita: $29,800 (rank: 36/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.