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Cheap Flights to Oman

Fly into Muscat International Airport (MCT), from either Toronto, Calgary, Montreal or Vancouver. With so many options to Oman's capital city, make it easy on yourself by using the Skyscanner flight search engine to book your flight, hotel and car rental. The Whole Month Search can also help you find the cheapest airfare. Being flexible with your dates and booking that bargain fare as soon as you find it can help you save money.

What to Do in Oman

The Sultantate of Oman fronts the Arabian Sea. Muscat, the largest city and capital, uses ancient building designs in its most modern structures. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is an elaborately embellished building with a dome nearly 50 metres high. It was built in the 1990s but is a perfect example of ancient Arabic architecture. Nearby is the Royal Opera House, a picture in marble and inlaid wood, built in 2011. The opera season is from September through May.

Sample local cuisine at the Bait al Luban, a restaurant set inside a 140-year-old guesthouse. The complimentary water is enhanced with fragrant frankincense. You'll find lively music at the On the Rocks restaurants, Polynesian fare at Trader Vic's and upscale French dining at The Beach. The Mutrah Soug, a traditional Arab market, offers textiles, jewellery and antiques. This is the place to test your bargaining skills. It's expected and part of the shopping fun.

Muscat International Airport

Passengers arriving into Muscat International are taken from the airplane by bus to Customs and Immigration in the arrivals hall. The airport has one terminal and no jet ways. Airlines flying in from Canada include SWISS Air, Air Canada, Lufthansa and KLM, often using code shares. That's when you book a ticket on one carrier but fly on a partner airline for one or more legs of the trip. A meet and greet lounge is available for anyone that may be picking you up at the airport. A Duty Free shop is available, as are a few sundry stores and eateries. Free Wi-Fi access runs throughout the airport.

Rental car desks are just outside baggage claim. Taxis are near the passenger pick up zone outside the arrivals hall. Fares are set and quoted before pick-up. The dispatch desk has a list of the destinations most requested. Fares range from $50.00 CAD to $145.00 CAD. Accepted currency is the Omani Rial. Hotels often provide courtesy shuttles for guests, but these should be pre-arranged.

Tips

  • Visas are not necessary for Canadians staying in Oman for less than 30 days. For longer stays a visa is needed, which may be obtained before you leave home or at the airport. Your passport must be valid for six months past your expected departure date.
  • Canadians should get a Hepatitis A vaccine as well as one for Typhoid, especially if you're venturing outside the major cities. Be sure your regular vaccines, such as tetanus or the flu shot, are up to date. Check with your doctor to make sure what vaccines apply to you.
  • The official language in Oman is Arabic. Many signs are in Arabic script and Roman lettering. English is widely spoken in the major cities, such as Muscat.
  • Renting a car is one of the best ways to go out and explore the countryside. An International Drivers License is needed, obtainable before you leave home. Most car companies require renters to be at least 21, but others won't rent to those under 25.
  • Summers in Oman are hot. Even in Muscat, which is on the Arabian Sea, temperatures between May and July can reach 40 degrees Celsius. The Mediterranean climate assures warm winters, with days averaging 20 degrees Celsius and nights in the high teens. Rainfall is pretty scarce, with most of it falling in February and sometimes April.
  • It might be tempting to wear a minimal amount of clothing in such a warm climate, but it's not wise outside of a beach resort area. Though men and women are not required to wear the local ankle length cover ups, the dishdasha and the abaya respectively, both sexes are expected to dress conservatively. Wear long sleeved shirts and pants made of lightweight, breathable fabrics. Modest, long sleeve dresses are also acceptable for the ladies, who should carry a scarf. It comes in handy when visiting mosques or exploring more traditional parts of the city.

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