Europcar is proud to offer two locations in the Sultanate of Oman, one at Muscat International Airport just outside the capital city and one at Salalah International Airport in the south. So whether you're off on a short break, on an extended family vacation or travelling for business, we are here to help you explore this fascinating land by addressing all your car hire needs. Useful services like easy online booking, express pick-up, optional satellite navigation, child seats and additional driver cover can help to make your driving experience between any of Oman's towns and cities a pleasure. And as always, Europcar's fleet of safe and reliable vehicles are standing by to allow you to select the hire car that best accommodates, however many passengers, however much luggage, or whatever size budget you have.
Oman is the easternmost country on the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East, as well as currently becoming one of the more popular visitor destinations in the world. Offering miles of soft and sandy beaches for sunbathing, swimming, surfing and snorkelling, with resort hotels popping up along the coast both east and west of Muscat. Several species of sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of Ras al Hadd, Ras Al Junayz and Masirah island, and both dolphins and whales visit the shores of Oman frequently. Inland from the beaches is the Sharqiyah Sands, a desert with dunes that can rise up to 600 feet and are best explored by camel or, for the more high-spirited, by jumping on a sand board.
The City of Muscat - Oman's capital city is made up of 1400 square miles and 1.28 million people and has been a major trading port since the first century AD. It is characterised by low-rise architecture with traditional features, making it feel far closer to its bedouin roots than another capital city in the Middle East. Muscat's Grand Mosque is home to the second largest hand-woven rug in the world, and can accommodate 20,000 worshippers, while the Sultan's Palace, which is closed to the public, still affords a rare glimpse at an absolute monarch's power. The Mutrah Corniche, the sea-front promenade, leads down to the Mutrah Souq with all its frenetic energy and loud haggling. Antique, textile, hardware and gold shops can all be found, and among them restaurants and coffee shops.
The City of Salalah - Down in the south of Oman, Salalah offers a totally different feel to the capital with a subtropical climate that allows the growing of bananas, coconuts and papayas. Of course, the city has its own souq, next to the Sultan's palace and filled with the scent of frankincense. And small wonder, since Salalah was the main port of entry for the exotic spice from India for thousands of years. The Museum of Frankincense Land is an astonishing set of ruins that exhibit the history of the trade route.