What to spend your rials on
Entry to the Omani-French Museum
A traditional Omani meal
Taxi from Muscat International Airport to Muscat city central
Go dolphin watching
Private day tour of Rustaq
Must-sees in Oman
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Relish the rial
The Omani rial (OMR) in its current form was introduced in 1973, replacing the rial Saidi, which had only been the country’s currency since 1970. Previously, the Indian rupee was used here, when the country was known as the state of Muscat and Oman.
There are 1,000 baisa to every OMR. The vast majority of payments made in Oman are with cash rather than card, even for larger bills, so take a healthy supply of the various notes to ensure you can settle any bills easily.
Tipping in Oman is purely down to personal choice, with hotels and restaurants not likely to expect it of you. However, it is more common to tip guides, especially after long tours.
Frequently used banknotes
OMR notes used commonly are ½, 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50. Notes are also available for 100 and 200 baisa, while coins available are for 5, 10, 25 and 50 baisa.
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