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is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam enclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam's coastal boundaries. For a period, Oman was a moderate regional power, formerly having a sultanate extending across the Strait of Hormuz to Iran, and modern day Pakistan, and far south to Zanzibar on the coat of south-east Africa. Over time, as its power declined, the sultanate came under heavy influence from the United Kingdom, though Oman was never formally part of the British Empire, or a British protectorate. The Omani royal family claim that Oman has been ruled by the Al Said dynasty since 1744, although without substantial proof. Oman has long-standing military and political ties with the United Kingdom and the United States, although it maintains an independent foreign policy. Oman is an absolute monarchy in which the Sultan of Oman exercises ultimate authority but its parliament has some legislative and oversight powers. In November 2010, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) listed Oman, from among 135 countries worldwide, as the nation most-improved during the preceding 40 years. According to international indices, Oman is one of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab World.

Capital MASCATE
Currency Rial omanita (OMR)
Country code 00968
Spoken languages ​​ arabic
Passport

necessary, with residual validity of at least six months upon arrival in the country. For any changes related to the survival of the Passport you should request to be informed beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent.

Health

Hospital and medical facilities are concentrated in major urban centers with approximately 60 public hospitals. The rest of the country there are health centres of modest size dependent hospitals equipped for basic necessities. In Oman, there are also some private clinics including three in Muscat, with medical staff largely foreign. For specialized interventions should go in Western countries. The availability of medicines is adequate. There are no endemic diseases and do not require mandatory vaccinations. Malaria, widespread in the past, has been almost completely eradicated at the end of the years ' 90. Warnings It is advisable to consume foods and cooked vegetables and drink bottled water and drinks without adding ice. Finally, we recommend that you take out private health insurance to include in addition to cover any medical expenses also repatriation or transfer of the patient to another country.

Climate

extremely hot and humid from mid-April to end of September; hot Oct-Mar; temperate in December, January and February. Rainfall is rare.

Viability

Licence: the licence is sufficient for the first 15 days, as well as the international driving license is required. You can request at a police post a local licence. Insurance: compulsory. Do not accept foreign insurance policies. Temporary insurance may be required upon arrival at an insurance company in Oman; Remember those driving abroad, a car that is not advisable to have a delegation to conduct of the owner with a notary certified signature at. Documents for temporary importation: you can import a vehicle for a maximum period of 6 months with obligation of "carnet de passage en douane" (CPD). However, for a period not exceeding 3 months the import can be done without this document. If necessary, you can an extension of 3 months with the obligation to lodge a security covering the customs duties; For more information on CPD please consult the following link: www.aci.it/index.php?id=2090 The vehicle must be accompanied by the registration certificate valid (export licence plates are not accepted). The certificate of registration must be accompanied by a residence permit if the holder is not a traveller in the country of origin; Driving rules Safety belts. mandatory Child seat: required Alcohol in blood: the conduct of vehicles under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Motorways: not present. A 4-lane highway connecting Muscat to Dubai. Expected immediate detention for 48 hours of driver, vehicle seizure for a week and the fine of 75 reals (about 135 euro) for the following violations: -crossing with traffic lights red; -overtaking on the right; -driving while intoxicated; -driving without valid license. -excess speed in excess of 70 km/h over the limit In case of recidivism, or where the offence has caused casualties the penalties are increased and the driver responsible for it is postponed to trial for emergencies. Inland Transport: Are insured by an efficient road network especially between large centers and air connections. Some roads are not entirely asphalted and still is needed. Driving is a right and signs are in Arabic and English. There is no train network. Urban transport are provided by taxis and small buses. Rental cars (in Oman are major international rental companies) are relatively inexpensive. Main ports: Mina Sultan Qaboos, Mina Al Fahal in Muscat governorate, Sohar to Salalah in the South and North. You can reach the Oman overland, hire a car in the UAE. In this case, you must ask the lender, with at least 3-4 days in advance, additional insurance coverage for the vehicle stay in Omani territory. Links with Italy: from December 3, 2010 introduces direct flights from Oman Air Airline connects Milan Malpensa to Muscat with 4 weekly frequencies. International airports are: Seeb and Salalah (Muscat).

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