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Welcome to Beaches in Oman

Beaches in Oman

With a coastline stretching 1,060 miles (1,700km) along the Arabian Sea, it is unsurprising that Oman boasts a stunning array of sunny, swimmer-friendly beaches. As the Omani government seeks to promote tourism throughout the country, its beaches have become a focal-point for this exercise, with more and more fun beach activities - such as diving, kite-surfing and jet-skiing - being offered on its shores. There has also been a huge spike in the development of luxury beach resorts up and down the Omani coastline, offering visitors an air-conditioned retreat from the blazing sun and sand. Some of Oman's best beaches include Qurum Beach, which is located in Muscat (below the Crowne Plaza Hotel) - a beach which is perfectly set up for family vacationers, featuring picnic areas and shady palm trees. Qantab Beach, located a short drive from central Muscat, has an established local fishing trade, and tourists are strongly encouraged to take a trip out with one of the local fisherman to explore some of the area's sheltered coves and sea-caves. Finally, Marjan Beach features small coral reefs ideally suited to novice divers and snorkellers - and also boasts a lively nightlife, with several restaurants and hotels often frequented by expatriate workers in Oman. Tourists don't need to worry unduly about the dress-code for Omani beaches - western swimwear is perfectly acceptable while you're on the beach, just make sure to cover up appropriately when you're on your way to and from your hotel or beach resort.

Information & Facts

The official language of Oman is Arabic, but English is widely spoken. Hotel staff often also speak German and French.

The currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (OMR) divided into 1,000 baisa. Notes come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 rials, and 500, 250, 200 and 100 baiza. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange bureaux, hotels and at the airport. Outside banking hours, moneychangers operate between 4pm and 7pm in the evenings and at weekends. US Dollars are recommended. American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are readily accepted in large shops and hotels and by an increasing number of traders in the souq. Most banks in cities and towns have ATMs.

Local time is GMT +4.
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