Oman is just seven hours’ direct flight from many European and Asian cities, and connected to North and South America, Australia and Africa by direct flights or short transfers from neighbouring gulf states.
The Sultanate’s prominent location at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula makes the country easily accessible by land, sea and air. The country has four primary airports located in Muscat, Salalah, Duqm and Khasab.
Oman Air is the national carrier of the Sultanate and is based at Muscat International Airport. In addition to Oman Air, there are several airlines that operate direct flights to Oman on a daily basis, including low-cost carrier Salam Air.
For overland travel, the Sultanate shares its borders with UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. There are five land-based border crossings. These are: Alwajajah – the border with the Emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE); Wadi Al Jizi – the border with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the UAE; Hafit – another border with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Al Ain) in the UAE; Khatmat Milaha – the border with the Emirate of Sharjah in the UAE; Tibat – the border with the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.
Sea travel is growing in popularity with various luxury cruise liners regularly calling port at the Sultanate. There are five sea ports in total, with two – The Salalah Port and The Sultan Qaboos Port / Muscat – accommodating cruise liners.
Oman offers easily accessible transport options to nearly every corner of the country. These range from local taxis and buses – operated by Mwasalat – to domestic and international airlines, cruise liners, ferries and cross-country bus services.
Oman is one of the safest and most relaxing countries to visit and is home to some of the most welcoming people in the world. Here are a few helpful pointers and tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Sultanate and gain a better understanding of the country’s culture, customs and laws.