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Travel During Ramadan

If you plan your adventure to Oman during the Ramadan period, it is important to understand what Ramadan is and what it means to the people of Oman.

Ramadan is the Muslim fasting period. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast between sunrise and sunset. This means that they do not eat or drink during the day. Muslims do not even touch water during the day.

So what should you keep in mind during your trip? What can you do and what should you be mindful of during this period?

  • Do not eat or drink in public between sunrise and sunset when locals are around. Do not even visibly drink water in your car when driving through a town or village. You offend the Muslims, you may even be fined for it.
  • Restaurants are open to non-Muslims, but only after sunset.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the hotels. Sometimes lunch is served in the room only.
  • During Ramadan alcohol is served with dinner in most larger hotels. However, there are also hotels where alcohol only is served in the room.
  • Shops have adjusted times. During Ramadan Muslims have shorter working days.
  • Al Maha, our local car rental partner, is always available. Garages and tire shops are also open.
  • Hypermarkets like Carrefour and Lulu are open all day.
  • A big advantage is that hotels are often a lot cheaper during Ramadan. So you might want to extend you adventure with a few nights of pure relaxation in a beach resort.

We hope to have given you enough information to understand the Ramadan period, so you can enjoy your adventure to the fullest in a respectful manner. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.


The iDrive4x4 team


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