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Crime & Security in Oman
 
 
 

While street crimes are uncommon in Oman and violent crimes rare, a healthy degree of caution should still be exercised. Keep your valuables and travel documents locked in a safe. Don’t leave valuables or tempting items like mobile phones or portable computers in plain sight in a parked car, particularly in hotel parking lots. When in crowded areas, be discreet with your money and wallet. As with anywhere in the world, just be aware of what’s going on around you.

Women are strongly advised not to get into the orange and white taxis if they are alone; while there are many upstanding and honest taxi drivers around, there have been many reports of women being harassed in taxis. Single female travellers who don’t want extra attention should dress modestly and avoid lower-end hotels. When travelling to the interior, always keep on hand a long-sleeved shirt and long skirt or an abaya, in case you have to cover up quickly. No matter what, most foreign women receive some unwanted stares at some time or another, particularly on the public beaches.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. If you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

By Omani custom and law, expressing frustration either verbally or through otherwise innocuous hand gestures is considered insulting and abusive. Any individual, regardless of citizenship and residency status, may file a personal defamation charge, and accusation of wrongdoing is sufficient to initiate a legal process. Omani law typically does not permit a foreigner accused of a crime, including defamation, to depart the country while legal proceedings are ongoing. Confrontations leading to defamation charges occur mostly on Oman's roads, and visitors should exercise caution when dealing with difficult drivers.

Developments in the Middle East Peace Process continue to have an impact on local public opinion in the region. You should be aware of local sensitivities on these issues. You should follow news reports and be alert to local and regional developments, which might trigger public disturbances. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests. You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places, and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations.

 

 
 

 



 


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