Stay Safe in Oman
In Oman, homosexuality is illegal. Tourists who identify as LGBT should be cautious of their surroundings.
Driving in Muscat may be difficult at times, although this is more due to traffic congestion than to poor driving on the part of the locals. Due to the vast expanses of featureless desert outside of the main towns, falling asleep behind the wheel is a frequent driving danger. Driving in Oman requires a keen eye for the unexpected. It has 85.3 road deaths per 100,000 cars, which is more than twice as much as the United Arab Emirates and far higher than most European nations.
Outside of the cities, Omani drivers prefer to drive extremely quickly and pass with impunity. Driving at night is particularly dangerous because many cars forget to switch on their headlights, or because pedestrians cross the road, like on the route from Sohar to Muscat. Even if they notice vehicles coming, camels will wander onto the road, and accidents are frequently deadly for both the camel and the driver. Female travelers should dress modestly in order to avoid offending local norms.
In Oman, it is also illegal to visit gambling and pornographic websites. In Oman, internet filtering is very severe. As a result, you must exercise caution while using the internet.
Stay Healthy in Oman
Oman is hot throughout the year, with particularly scorching summers. Carry drinking water with you at all times and be cautious of dehydration in hot weather. Heat may creep up on you if you’re not accustomed to it and create severe health issues.
Several individuals have attempted to traverse sections of the Omani desert in a hired 4WD on their own. Some of them have perished or have been saved barely in time.
Traveling across the desert requires careful planning. It may seem simple from the comfort of a contemporary air-conditioned 4WD, but if that fails, you’re back to square one.
Never go off the beaten path by yourself. The requirement is to have a minimum of two to three vehicles (of the same make). If you don’t return on time, leave your itinerary with a friend with explicit instructions. Consider the following: – equipment for recovery: spades, rope (and attachments), sand mats, or ladders – two spare tires as well as other necessary accessories – a good air compressor (high capacity) – plenty of water (at least 25 litres more than you think you will need for drinking) – enough gasoline: there are no gas stations in the middle of nowhere.
Take a satellite phone if you have one or can acquire one. (Mobile phones only operate in some locations.) Before going on a journey like this, make sure your vehicle is in good working order.