Oman - Communications

Oman - Communications Last updated on Wednesday 14th April 2010

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No further progress was made for more than ten decades after the first pot office was established in Oman in 1856. Indian postage stamps were used until 1947; British postage stamps had also been used after Indian independence and when the British Post Office was in charge of postal agencies in the Gulf region.

First Omani stamps had not been introduced until 1966, when the Omani government took over the responsibility of the country’s postal services. New post offices were later opened to expand the postal network services in the country. Tens of post offices and postal agencies in the different areas of the Sultanate has been providing different types of postal-related services. Letter boxes had also been installed in public places and the number of private post boxes has significantly increased. Some post offices provide fax services to customers at branches in the interior of the country. Plans had already been made for expanding the network of rural post offices and private letter box complexes in the Omani towns. It had has estimated that the mail exchanges between the Sultanate of Oman and the rest of the world had exceeded 16 million items in 1998.

Attention had been paid to staff training and the process of Omanizing the postal services has reached 97%. Private sector courier services, which is usually used for overseas mail, have been regulated by the ministry in charge.

Post offices are open from Saturday to Wednesday from 7:30am until 2:00pm. They close at 11:00am on Thursday and are closed all day Friday.

The easiest way to mail letters or send faxes is to let your hotel do it for you.

The telephone system is excellent. To call Oman from abroad, the code is 968 followed by the local six-digit number. There are no area or city codes.

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