Business representatives who plan to visit Oman should be aware that entry into the country is strictly controlled. Visitors can obtain a visa in advance from an Omani embassy or consulate abroad, or apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport.
The official language of Oman is Arabic. English is widely spoken as the language of business; Swahili, Farsi, Urdu, Baluchi, Hindi, and various languages of south Asia are common. Oman has three national Arabic dailies and two English papers published daily. Radio Sultanate of Oman's FM English service broadcasts 15 hours daily in Muscat, Salalah, and Thumrait. Except for government offices, most commercial building signs and road signs are in Arabic and English. Certain business documents, such as company registration papers, must be in Arabic.
Oman has a well-developed infrastructure, and modern roads provide access to most of the country. Omantel operates a modern and efficient telephone system. Virtually all businesses have fax machines. GSM phones are widely used; roaming arrangements already cover the GCC, the UK, and European countries. International telephone access cards cannot be used in Oman, nor can collect calls be made or received. International rates are very high—$1.30 per minute to Europe and the Western Hemisphere during peak hours. CompuServe access remains available via a British Telephone/MCI connection.
Sanitary standards for food and water are generally quite good, particularly at the major hotels. The Omani government inspects restaurants to maintain hygienic standards.