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Customs
Sultanate of Oman
Dress Code We recommend that you wear loose-fitting clothing as it will be warm. Comfortable footwear for walking is advisable; so is a sun hat

Oman is a Muslim country thus it is important to observe a certain dress code. In public places, women should wear garments that cover their upper arms and legs. They should not appear in public dressed in shorts, tight trousers and bare backed or low-cut dresses. Men should wear long trousers and shirts. Shorts and sun tops should only be worn at the beach or by the pool

When visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque please ensure that you do not wear any sheer fabrics, transparent or tight clothes or white trousers. All trousers have to be long and sleeves should reach to the wrists. Women are required to wear a headscarf and cover their décolleté

When swimming in public places such as beaches and wadis, please wear T-shirt and shorts; this applies for women and men
Ramadan In Ramadan it is not allowed to eat, drink or smoke in public and advisable to refrain from swimming and sunbathing in wadis and on public beaches
Photographs While taking photographs, it is polite to ask the person in question if it is acceptable to do so. While children usually oblige happily, women may refuse especially if the photographer is male. Best months for photography are November - April in the early, mid-morning or late afternoon. Use a UV and polarizing filter. Keep in mind that it is forbidden to photograph airports, military facilities and borders
Smoking Smoking is prohibited in all closed public places such as shopping malls, hotel lobbies, restaurants, most bars and public transport
Alcohol Alcohol is not part of the Islamic culture and thus only served in licensed restaurants and hotels. Please do not drink alcohol in public or outside of licensed establishments. During the Holy Month of Ramadan alcohol is served at licensed hotels to in-house guests only and is available through room service 24 hours

It is strictly forbidden at all times to drive under the influence, which is punished with 48 hours in prison