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Your Guide to Business Hours in Oman

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28 May 2012

Last updated on 11 December 2017
Your Guide to Business Hours in Oman

Business hours

Social hours vary in Oman – some people get up early, some stay up late, and some do both! Some businesses still close for a long afternoon break – this is known as ‘split shift’. Standard split shift hours are from 09:00 until 13:00 and then from 16:00 to 20:00 (for offices) or 22:00 (for some shops). However, most private sector offices will work a straight shift, usually 09:00 to 17:00 or 18:00. The weekend is traditionally Thursday afternoon and Friday (the holy day), but a few organisations close all day Thursday and Friday. Oman is rumoured to change its weekend to Friday and Saturday. For now, the following hours apply:

Banks 8am to noon Saturday to Wednesday and 8am to 11am Thursday.

Government departments & ministries 7.30am to 2.30pm Saturday to Wednesday, closing 1.30pm during Ramadan.
Embassies and consulates vary but are generally 08:00 to 13:00 or 14:00. Most are closed on Thursdays and Fridays, but leave a contact number on their answering machines in case of emergencies.
Post offices 8am to 1.30pm Saturday to Wednesday and 8am to 11am Thursday.
Restaurants 11.30am to 2pm and 5pm to midnight Saturday to Thursday, and 5pm to midnight Friday.
Shops 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm Saturday to Wednesday, and 8am to 1pm Thursday. The Mutrah Souk closes at 20:00 although some shops start closing from 19:30. Many shopping malls also close for a long lunch, although Markhaz Al Bahja and Muscat City Centre both remain open throughout the day. Supermarkets are generally open all day, seven days a week.

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Business hours during Ramadan