With its rich Arabian heritage and strikingly beautiful scenery, Oman is one of the Middle East’s hidden gems. Whether you want shop ‘til you drop in a colourful souk, attempt a hiking trail in the Western Hajar mountains, discover the maze that is Jabrin fort, or sleep out in the dunes of the Whabia Sands, a holiday in Oman promises to be an unforgettable experience. And the Omani rial is the key to experiencing all of it.
Despite its oil-rich reputation, Oman has hung on to its traditional charm. Even the biggest Omani cities still have that old-style Arabian look, with their labyrinth souks and classic architecture. Of course, trying to navigate such an unfamiliar culture and landscape can be tricky – to avoid getting lost in the desert or stranded in some far-flung village, you’ll need to swap some Aussie dollars for Omani rials.
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With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your Omani rial with no hassles.
Omani currency is easy to understand – just remember that baisas are like cents (except 1,000 of them instead of 100), and rials are like dollars. That’s all there is to it really. You can get 10c, 25c, 50c, 100c, $¼ and $½ coins in Oman, and 50c, $½, $1, $5, $10, $25 and $100 banknotes (there’s also a now-discontinued $200 banknote, but it’s not often seen).