Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Yes, it is far more convenient than any other public transport option in the area.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
You must be a resident to apply for a driver's license. Visitors may drive a hired or borrowed car on a valid international or home country license. To obtain a license, ask your sponsor to take you to the Traffic Department. When purchasing and registering a car, the dealer will take care of all the paperwork involved on your behalf, including registration and arranging financing.
What side of the road do people drive on?
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
Taxis (orange and white color) can be hailed in the street. Taxis are owned by Omani Nationals. Taxis are not metered so always agree on a price before you get in. For more convenience, call private taxi firms, such as City Taxi or Hello Taxi. Trains, metro lines and in-city buses are not available in Oman (except for old buses that carry migrant workers in and out of the city).
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Public buses are available to major cities and certain towns in Oman. Guided tours can be booked through travel agents and tour operators to any destination in Oman. Numerous car rental companies have different types of vehicles available for rental.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
You will need to be a defensive driver. In case of any accident, do not move your vehicle, remain where you are and wait for the police to arrive. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 9999. Limited roadside assistance is available, however, it is advisable to be prepared and carry at least one-and-a-half liters of drinking water per occupant available in the vehicle.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Taxi and bus services are paid in cash.
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