The Sultanate of Oman is an undiscovered gem of film locations, from the whitewashed port city of Muscat to the rocky canyon landscapes of the Hajar Mountains.
Filming in Oman
The Sultanate of Oman is an undiscovered gem of film locations. Oman is known for its spectacular arid landscapes, rocky canyons, sand dunes, wadis, beaches, old forts, palaces, mosques, and modern architecture. New roads built through spectacular arid mountain landscapes make for great car commercial locations.
Agricultural film locations include plantations of dates, barley, wheat, and corn. Industrial locations include oil and gas facilities.
The whitewashed port city of Muscat is the capital and largest city in Oman. Film locations of note include Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Al Alam Palace, Royal Opera House, National Museum, Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, Zawawi Mosque, Mutrah souk, Mutrah corniche, Mutrah fort, Al Jalali fort, Al Mirani fort, and upscale suburbs designed in a modern Islamic style.
The Hajar Mountains that run around the north of the country offer spectacular rocky canyon landscapes. Locations of note include Wadi Ghul and Wadi Sahtan. Oman’s Dhofar Desert is so much like the surface of Mars, scientists have used the area to field-test technology for a manned mission to the red planet.
A letter from the Ministry of Information is generally all you need for low impact shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space. Larger shoots that require traffic control, large setups, stunts, pyrotechnics, and the like require additional permission and plenty of lead time. Drone filming in allowed with the consent of the Royal Oman Police. Note, it is illegal to photograph certain buildings. Please contact us for more location specific information.
Crews travelling to Oman on Western passports can get visas on arrival or apply for them ahead of time at their closest Omani embassy. Western crews with a large footprint may also be required to arrive on Express Visas which take about 2 weeks to process and require project and crew information to be sent for the application.
The climate of Oman is extremely hot and dry, except for the Dhofar region, which receives monsoonal rains from May to September. Winter in Oman (October to April) is warm and sunny. This is the best time of year to film for weather. Summer (May to September) has hot, humid conditions on the coast and very hot, arid conditions in the interior.
Our Oman partner has an experienced, approachable, flexible team with heavyweight expertise, covering all styles of film production, from live action filming, face to camera, multi camera, multi-location including drone, aerial and underwater filming.
Their role is to connect the right people with the right skillsets to drive our clients business towards further success / creative acclaim.
Tax Breaks & Incentives
At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Oman.
Recent Clients: World Gold Council,Etihad Airways, Gilette, Clear Shampoo, Emirates Airline, Shell V-Power, Dubai Tourism, Mercedes, Beeah
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