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Getting around in Oman

Public transport is limited in Oman and the most popular way to get around is by car. If you do not own a car in Oman, you can hire one or make use of the many taxis available. Taxis have distinctive orange and white stripes and are privately owned by Omani Nationals, however please note that airport taxi’s in Muscat are marked with blue and white strips. Most taxis are not metered and you will need to agree on a price before you get in.

In Oman you can find most of the global car rental companies, plus many locally owned ones. Some have counters open 24 hours at Muscat International Airport. Depending on the agency, cars can be hired with or without a driver, and the minimum hire period is usually 24 hours. Child seats are available on request. Comprehensive insurance is essential. Most international and foreign driving licences are accepted. If you decide to rent a car it is advisable to reserve it at least one to two months ahead of your trip depending on the season.

The legal age for driving in Oman is 18 years. Driving is on the right-hand side and it is mandatory to wear seatbelts. The speed limits are clearly marked and the roads are monitored by radar. Carry your vehicle documentation card and driving license with you at all times. If you are involved in a traffic accident, however minor, you must remain with your car at the scene of the accident, call 9999 to report the incident to the Royal Omani Police (ROP), and wait for them to arrive. If medical assistance is needed, ROP will arrange an ambulance to the nearest hospital.

Please CLICK HERE for some Safety Tips while driving and during your stay in Oman.

Car Hire

We are pleased to announce that ARABAL delegates and sponsors may take advantage of the following discounted rates offered below.  Our preferred suppliers being Hertz Rent a Car and Value Plus Rent a Car.

Kindly note that each company has different offers available and each adhere to their own Term and Conditions – please take note of these when making your booking.

As November can be a busy month in Muscat – we advise that you reserve your vehicle of choice at least a month in advance.  All car hire companies will require a VALID driver’s license.

To secure any of the mentioned special rates – please ensure that you clearly advise the company of your choice that you are booking for the ARABAL 2017 Conference.

Hertz Rent a Car

Hertz Rent a Car are proud to be a truly global car rental company, providing quality car rental service for over 90 years.

Discounted rates for ARABAL delegates and sponsors:

   Vehicle   Group      Rate per day    Excess mileage charges
KIA Rio 1.4L AT A 13 OMR pd 0.050
Toyota Yaris 1.5 L E AT A 13 OMR pd 0.050
Cerato 1.6 L EX AT B 14 OMR pd 0.050
Corolla 1.6 L PWR AT B 14 OMR pd 0.050
Toyota Camry / KIA Optima D 20 OMR pd 0.060
Toyota RAV 4 AT G 22 OMR pd 0.070
Prado 4.0L TX-L 9 AT G 32 OMR pd 0.070
Toyota Land Cruiser GL AT H 40 OMR pd 0.080


To make your reservation at Hertz Rent a Car kindly email Should you need any additional assistance with regard to your reservation please contact Mr Gleason directly (mobile: 9287 7164)


  • The rates mentioned above are inclusive of comprehensive insurance for Oman inclusive of PAB (Personal Accident Benefit) and STF (Storm, Tempest & Flood).
  • In case of an accident - Hertz preferred insurance company will reimburse towing charges up to OMR .300.  Police report will be required.
  • All vehicles are comprehensively insured against damages on windscreen glass, undercarriage, roof top & side view mirrors - provided all these damages are supported by a police report.
  • All Hertz vehicles are maintained & serviced at authorized service centres.

Please note:

Payments accepted by credit card only.
Corporate credit card - Approved letter from authorised signatory for utilisation of credit card.
Preauthorisation amount - OMR 150 - Saloon Cars / OMR - 250 - For WD and Commercial Vehicle
Rates applicable for free mileage - 200 Kms per Day / 1400 Kms per week / 4000 Kms per month.  
Additional KM will be charged as per stated above.
Airport service charge – OMR 5.000 per rental application for each vehicle delivered from airport centre insurance excess - OMR 50.000 per accident.
Collection and delivery charges - OMR 8.000 within the capital area and OMR  25.000 for outside capital area.
Fuel charge - difference in the fuel levels between the time of delivery and de-hire will be charged to renter at the time of de-hire.


Value Plus Rent a Car

Value Plus Rent a Car is pleased to offer a 10% corporate discount on all vehicles mentioned on the company website. A wide range of saloon cars, SUV, and 4x4 vehicles to choose from.  Fleet also includes Cadillac, Hyundai, Subaru, Chevrolet, and Ssangyong.  Car selection is subject to availability.

In order to secure your reservation kindly send your vehicle request via email to either of the locations listed below:

For car hire reservations kindly email /

Contact: Mr. Kalim Khan (mobile number: 9608 3876)

Sohar branch:

 For car hire reservations kindly email

Contact: Mr. Abbas Al Balushi (mobile number: 9679 0955)


  • 24 hours pick up and drop off facility at the company airport counter at Muscat International Airport.
  • Replacement vehicle will be provided in case of service, repair, or accident.

Please note:

Below are the documents required in order to rent a vehicle:

Copy of valid passport or GCC ID card
Copy of valid driving license
Copy of valid credit card (front side only).

Booking a Taxi

Marhaba Taxi service offers delegates the option to book a taxi via mobile phone application.

Application is available both in Android and IOS devices.To download the application use links below:

Taxi fares will be shown, once your taxi booking has been made.