Muscat is the capital of Oman, located at the Gulf of Oman in the Middle East. The city's climate is hot and arid, during the winter months temperatures are about 20 C, and in the summer between 30 C and 45 C. Rain falls in this area mainly in winter, although the amounts are usually very small. The town consists of three different parts: Muscat is an area surrounded by walls, where the majority of the palaces is located, Matrah is the city's main market area, and Ruwi is the city's residential and diplomatic center. One of the largest oases of Oman, the oasis of Wadi Shab, is located near the city.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Muscat forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Muscat is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $74.55, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $194.11, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $77.68
- Hotel (3 stars): $91.07
- Hotel (4 stars): $110.65
- Hotel (5 stars): $339.56
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $5.21
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $7.82
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.81
- Meal, McDonalds: $6.50
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $5.20
Muscat has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 77.8 (better than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 88.0 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 74.5 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Muscat safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
- Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
- Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
- Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.