The Sultanate of Oman borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west and Yemen in the southwest. Muscat is the capital and largest city with the rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominating the landscape. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman.
While Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken, especially for business purposes.
The riyal (OMR) is the official currency of the Sultanate of Oman. It is divided into 1,000 baizas. The exchange rate is OMR 1 = USD 2.59 approximately.
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Muscat features a hot, arid climate with long and very hot summers and warm winter months. Annual rainfall in Muscat averages 100 mm (3.9 in), falling mostly in January. Temperatures reach 27 °C (81 °F) in January and February and 54 °C (129.2 °F) in the hot season, from May to September.
Lightweight summer clothing is ideal with a wrap, sweater or jacket for air conditioned premises. Women are usually advised to dress modestly.
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