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General information

general information

About Oman

Muscat

Muscat is the beating heart of Oman, known for its diverse landscapes, long beaches, and stunning mountain roads. 

Muscat is a breathtaking combination of ancient cultural heritage and modern style. Houses, gates, old markets, small shops and winding roads redolent of history, sit side by side with modern markets, shops, buildings and streets punctuated with modern architecture. Oman has preserved its historic character, while at the same time offering a contemporary spirit on a human scale.

Climate

Like much of the region, Oman is blessed with year-round sunshine. With summer temperatures in Muscat and northern Oman averaging 30 °C to 40 °C, Oman receives little rainfall, with annual rainfall in Muscat averaging 100 mm (3.9 in). The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time to visit, when temperatures are around 24 °C during the day and 16 °C at night.

Getting around

Muscat International Airport is approximately 14 km from central parts of Muscat, straddling the coast and mountains. Taxis are readily available and all use regulated meters.

Language

Although the national language of Oman is Arabic, English is widely spoken. Tourists will have no difficulty in communicating with the Omani people.

IRU World Congress plenary sessions will be held in English and translated simultaneously into Arabic, Russian and Mandarin. Roundtable sessions will be translated into Arabic and Russian. Other languages may be added depending on delegate registrations.

Currency

The official currency of Oman is the Omani Riyal (OMR). The Omani Riyal is fixed to the dollar with 1USD = 0.39OMR. Credit cards are widely accepted and most banks are open Sunday to Thursday and ATM machines are available.

Time difference

GMT +4 hours
The working week is from Sunday to Thursday. Many shops and malls are open until 22:00.

Doing business in Oman

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Electricity

Omani power points accept the "Type G " British BS-1363 type, and run on a 220-240 Volts.

 

Excursions

Oman is a destination not to be missed, check what you can do in this remarkable country. Click here for more information.

If you wish to take the opportunity to visit stunning Oman before or after the Congress, Husaak Adventures are proud to offer a collection of half-day, full-day and overnight tours to suit every ability and taste trips and tours.
Have a look now

 

Visa & travel

How do I apply for a visa?

Passport holders of the country list 1 are eligible for online visa. In order to apply for an online visa please follow this link.

Delegates who are not eligible for a visa on arrival must apply for visas in advance through our local agent Zahara Tours. The application form can be found here and send back to Jinto Jose on the following mail address: jinto@zaharatours.com.
Once received, Zahara Tours will submit the request to the Police authority the same day as the request arrive. It will take 5-6 working days (Weekends are Friday and Saturday in Oman) to get the e-visa. Please submit your request before 19 October. As soon as Zahara Tours gets the e-visa, they will send it by e-mail to the delegate together with its invoice.
The visa cost is 85 USD. Payment can be made to Zahara Tours by bank transfer or credit card (extra 3% bank transaction fee will be added).

Entry Visa for Foreigners Residing in the G.C.C. Countries: This is issued to residents of any GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Countries, passengers must arrive directly from any GCC county. Restrictions apply to non-degree related professions e.g. (labourers, carpenters) it is also granted to members of their families as long as they enter together.

What else do I need to know?

Your passport should be valid for 6 (six) months or more prior to the date of travel. Visa is valid for one single entry only. 

For group request, please contact jinto@zaharatours.com.

 

Shuttle transfers

The IRU World Congress organisation offers free shuttle transfers for its delegates as follows:

From

To

Departure Time

Date

Airport

Hotels *

Every Hour
(all day/night)

Daily from 2 to 6 November

Hotels *

Airport

Every Hour
(all day/night)

8 and 9 November

Hotels **

Congress venue
(OCEC)

Morning
(exact time tbc)

6, 7, 8 November

Congress venue
(OCEC)

Hotels **

Evening
(exact time tbc)

6, 7, 8 November

Hotels *

Gala Dinner Venue

Evening
(exact time tbc)

7 November

Gala Dinner Venue

Hotels *

Evening
(exact time tbc)

7 November

* Hotels: Crowne Plaza hotel & Resort, Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Best Western Premier, Hotel Ibis, Park Inn by Radisson
** Hotels: Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Best Western Premier, Hotel Ibis, Park Inn by Radisson

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