Visiting

Business hours

Government offices and banks are open from 8.00am to 3.00pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Public and private businesses are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Public holidays

  • Prophet’s Ascension Day*
  • Renaissance Day
  • Eid al Fitr*
  • Eid al Adha*
  • Islamic New Year*
  • Oman National Day
  • Birth of the Prophet*

For religious holidays the actual date will be announced upon sighting of the moon.

*Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region. Generally, if a holiday falls on a Friday, a day is given in lieu.

Climate

For weather details in Oman, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The local currency is the Omani Riyal (OMR).

Time zones and time differences

Oman is six hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Muscat, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Oman's country code is +968.

For calls to Oman from Australia dial: 0011 + 968 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Oman to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

The electricity supply in Oman is AC 220/240 volts, 50 Hz frequency, 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires.