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Muscat in April

Does anyone have any experience with the Ramada Hotel in Muscat?

I am considering booking there for a business trip in April, but haven't seen any real reviews yet.

I'd also like to hear some tips on how to best get around in the supposed heat in April. I'm VERY fair-skinned and burn easily.

Thanks

Tom



5 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Greece

There are two Ramada Hotels out there. It is surprising that there are not any reviews for the Ramada Muscat Hotel on TripAdvisor, but through the link below you can see how travellers judge it through another site. It ranks with 7.6.booking.com/hotel/om/ramada-...
The area seems to bee fine, and there is also a supermarket close by.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Greece

Regarding the second question, you should be really very careful since you are fair-skinned. I give you some tips.
Light summer clothing is adequate in Oman the whole year round. To have suitable "winter dress" in Oman, it is enough to have a pullover. Rain wear is normally not needed.

Clothing should, however, not offend the countrywide Muslim sensibilities. That is to say shoulders, upper arms and knees should be covered and clothing should not be figure-hugging. Light, bright, long summer trousers and wide cotton shirts are ideal, also serving as protection against the sun.
The correct bathing dress for men is Bermuda shorts, and for women single-piece swimsuits. Bikinis are only allowed at private hotel swimming pools. Apart from on swimming beaches you should remain completely dressed – please show respect for the country’s customs by sticking to this rule.
Every Omani, whether man or woman, carries a head covering when outside of the home. This is not just a matter of fashion but in this climate you would be wise to follow suit. The intense sunshine in Oman is easy to underestimate. Protection against the sun, sunglasses and sun cream should be vital parts of your holiday packing.

The usual footwear is open sandals. When making trips into the countryside you should wear ankle-high leather shoes.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

This was a very helpful explanation, thank you.

Since I shave my head, I'm also considering wearing headgear. When I visited the northern and central African countries, I took to wearing Berber-style clothing. Would purchasing a dishdash and kumma (or even better, a headscarf-type thingie) offend the locals?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Greece

No, they won't be offended don't worry about that.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sydney

The heat is debilitating- make sure that you carry bottled water with you always.
Using an air-conditiones taxi may help when exploring
I have not stayed at Ramada, but I have stayed here., and it was excellent

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