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The Low Down on Omani Currency

Currency:

Rial

Currency code:

OMR

Central Bank:

Central Bank of Oman

Currency symbol:

Currency sub unit:

baisa

Currency sub unit symbol:

ر.ع.

Bank notes:

100 baisa, 200 baisa, ​1⁄2, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 rials

Coins:

5, 10, 25, 50 baisa




The official currency in Oman is the rial which is abbreviated to the currency code OMR.
The Omani rial is the 3rd highest valued currency in the world and was introduced in 1973.



Before 1940 the Indian rupee and the Maria Theresa thaler were the main currencies that circulated within Muscat and Oman.



The Central Bank of Oman has been issuing the rial since 1977.



The most commonly-used bills for rial are the 100 baisa and the ½, 1, 5, 10, 20 & 50 rial notes; and 1 rial is subdivided into 1000 baisa.



What to spend your rials on**:

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    4WD pass into Wabar archaeological park

    2 OMR *

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    Movie ticket

    3 OMR *

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    Cheap street food meal

    2 OMR *

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    Local bus ticket

    0.30 OMR *

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    A dozen eggs

    1 OMR *

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Must-sees in Oman

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  • Sharqiya Sands
  • Embrace a nomadic existence in the vast and sprawling sand dunes of the Sharqiya Sands, also known locally as the Wahiba Sands. Home to the Bedouin, you will be able to experience a glimpse of the traditional desert way of life via 4x4 or camelback.
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  • Wadi Ash Shab
  • Meaning ‘Gorge between cliffs’, this majestic destination will reward your eyes with its irresistible turquoise pools, submerged caves, waterfalls and gorgeous local wildlife including kingfishers and pink oleander.
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  • Khasab
  • Khasab is a port city in northern Oman that offers many unique and enthralling natural experiences. Cruise the harbour by wooden boat to view diving dolphins or travel through the local mountain villages to reach green valleys and Hareem peak where you’ll witness ancient marine fossils.

Buying rial online is easy

Order rial online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Rial Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQ Relating to the Omani Currency

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  • Are credit cards widely accepted in Oman?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Oman and there are usually plenty of ATMs in all major cities.

  • Why is the OMR currency so valuable?

    One reason for the strength of the OMR is that it is pegged to the USD. 1 Rial has been worth 2.60 USD since 1986. The reason for the peg is that oil is valued in USD and Oman produces vast amounts of oil.

  • What is the symbol used for the Omani rial?

    The symbol for the Omani rial is ﷼

Travelling to Oman in the Future?

Travelling to Oman in the Future?

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**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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