LGBT Travellers

Homosexuality is illegal in Oman, and public displays of affection are completely taboo. Same-sex hand-holding is not as commonly seen as a sign off friendship in Muscat compared to neighbouring capitals, and the atmosphere is largely conservative.

Despite its illegality, there is a subdued underground gay scene in Muscat that should be approached with discretion. Check www.gayguide.net/middle_east and the gay-and-lesbian thread of Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree bulletin board (www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree) for more information.