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Oman

Conditions of security in Oman

A trip to Oman is a unique opportunity to dissipate many prejudices and misconceptions, the country is the safest in the Gulf region.

The rare dangers

For those who still hesitate to leave for a trip to Oman, you should know that the destination is certainly the safest of the entire Gulf region. So you can leave aside your prejudices and paranoia. Of course, this does not mean that there are no dishonest people in the Sultanate of Oman, but in general by respecting a few obvious safety rules you will avoid any problems there.

Due to the fact that you are a tourist, you may be a little more targeted by the rare thieves or pickpockets who operate on public transportation or at tourist areas.

Only a few conmen, shopkeepers or taxi drivers will try to make you pay more than you should. And even then, this is the simple basis of any bartering.

The cases of assault are quite exceptional. The only real danger is to be found in areas that are at first sight uninhabited.

An excursion into the desert can be disastrous if it is not well-prepared, the border area with Yemen is really very dangerous, with a high risk of kidnapping. Finally, any political discussion or demonstration could get you into trouble.

In Oman

How to avoid them

The only advice we can give to avoid tempting thieves or pickpockets is to simply not look too much like a tourist, not to display any obvious wealth and to always keep an eye on your belongings in public transport.

If you are faced with a price that seems disproportionate, don't jump to the conclusion that it is a scam. Keep a smile and start a firm negotiation.

In the case of aggression, do not resist, stay as calm as possible and simply give what you have been asked.

Before each expedition into the desert, always notify your presence to the authorities. Concerning the border with Yemen - don't go there. The risk of kidnapping or being killed is very real. Even if Oman remains largely secure, it is advisable to consult the Foreign Office website before every trip. Finally, do not participate in any political demonstration and never give your opinion, even if asked, on this subject.

David Debrincat
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Updated 24 November 2015
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