The policeman calls me friendly to him and hands me smiling the driver’s license. It took an hour to get it. At Oman everything goes a little faster and especially with a lot of peace! On January 22 I am I traveled to Oman to spend some time here. I want to know more about experience this country, which seems like an oasis of calm in the stressful world.
Oman – Now I live here
The first time I was here was five years ago. I knew then that I would be back. The second time I came was to do research for a report. As the plane came in to land, I began to cry. I didn’t know why, but it felt good. I cried with joy. The only country where this happens to me all the time is Bosnia and Herzegovina, where my parents are from. So I spontaneously decided to learn Arabic in this oriental paradise and work from here.
Now I have been here for two weeks and it feels good. I have the great fortune to live in the capital Muscat with an Omani family. to be allowed to live in the house. I am a part of the family and in their everyday life I will be involved.
Quickly one of the SUV’s was also registered to me so I could drive it. How? You have not even seen how I drive and give me the car? Of course, I was not allowed to pay the insurance! In the navi the two most important addresses were set up so that I don’t get lost. The key was handed over to me with a warm smile and I was wished a lot of fun driving the car. How many men in our country would give their car keys to a woman without knowing how she drives!
Relaxed traffic in Oman
Omanis drive fluidly, but adhere to the speed limit. Highways are mostly congestion free, city streets quite busy. Traffic jams at rush hour are not uncommon. There are hardly any traffic lights, but a lot of two-lane traffic circles. Also, the main roads through the city they are mostly two lanes with a permitted
Speed of 100 km/h. It takes a little effort at the beginning to drive into the traffic circle, but this is quickly gone. Although it seems hectic, a clear system is nevertheless discernible. And one thing is striking – an Omani will never try to dispute his right! He is a fair driver. If you drive into the intersection, you are let through. If there is a slow car in front of me in the right lane, the faster driver in the left lane will slow down so that I can drive in. Everything runs smoothly. Not once do I feel pressured or unsafe.
Still relaxed at the gas pump
And the fuel prices … What can I say – they are lower than ours, of course. One liter costs a constant 48 cents. For the Omani, that’s a lot in the meantime. Just a while ago, gas cost half as much. I can still laugh at the price and always look forward to the ride to the gas station. Refueling is also pleasant. I don’t get out of the car – it is refueled and I pay directly at the pump.
My car, the Nissan Terra-X
Currently I am on the road with a Nissan Terra-X. The most Omanis drive SUV’s, which is actually used here. In the City less. On some roads only SUV’s with four-wheel drive are allowed. Security is capitalized here. Punctuality too, but that is another History.