About Oman
At a Glance

Area 309,500 sq. km
Population (2005) 2,509,000 inluding 666,000 expatriates.
Language Arabic (official), English (widely spoken), German & French (most hotel staff).
Capital City of Muscat.
Natural Resources Petroleum, Natural Gas, Copper, Fishery, Agriculture.
Local Time GMT +4.
Currency Omani Rial, which equates to $ 2.58.
Business Hours Government: 07:30 – 14:30
Private Sector: 07:30 - 14:30.
08:00 - 13:00 then 16:00 to 19:00.
Shopping Hours 9:00 - 13:00 and 16:30 - 00:00.
Electricity 220 - 240 Volts at 50 cycles.

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