visas should not be a problem if you have been granted visa at the border earlier. just make sure that your passport and UAE visa is valid for atleast 3 months. the GCC requirement is 6 months on these counts but we all have been getting visa on arrival even when the validity is less, sometime even upto 1 month. However, these things can not be taken for granted.
for first timers to Oman: you need to have "managerial designation" on your visa, and you should have been an official
resident of UAE for atleast 6 months.
no exit fee applies at Hatta border, unless Dubai has started collecting something during the last 3 weeks.
Prudence demands check with the consulate if in doubt.
regarding Food etc. :
BF: you guys will have BF on the move. there's a decent coffee shop (Costa), Pizza Hut and a grocery within the Omani Immigration hall. in case, you find long queue at the visa counter, you can take turns to visit these outlets and fill up.
Lunch: we can have quick bite upon reaching Wadi Shab or you can choose to have it on the move itself
Dinner: we can plan for a BBQ and Bonfire at the campsite
BF: we will have it at the Campsite itself
Lunch: we need to plan carry-on lunch
we need to plan a onroad (200kms) and offroad (100+kms graded tracks only) run between fuel stops. Please check the the fuel range of your car assuming that you will be running AC and coolers at full blast, and decide whether you need to carry jerry cans. Choose to carry one if you are not sure
the minimum temperature on top of the mountains at this time of the year should not go below 25 degrees. However, there has been scattered unstable weather and isolated but heavy rains on some parts of the Hajjar mountains. The rains of the last weekend has resulted in some of the wadis to overflow and the minimum temperature on Jebel Shams and Jabel Akhdar to drop to 12 degrees yesterday. Though we are not expected to encounter that range of temperature during our route, it always pays to be prudent and it will be good if we prepare ourselves well, just in case, heavy rain hits us somewhere on the higher elevation.
other important points
- in case you decide to carry some non-Shariah compliant drinks, please take care to stack them deep inside the cargo area
- please do not keep your walkie-talkie on the dashboard or hang it on your neck while at customs post. Even on the highway, please use the radio in case of real necessity only. Tolerance level of Royal Oman Police for these devices is far lower than that of Dubai police
- the tolerance level of speed radars on the route is only 14 kms over the displayed limit. it clicks if you are 15km above the max speed. though a fair %age of radars outside Sohar and Muscat do not
work all the time, but you never know which location turns out to be bad for you. However, the good part of Oman is that the fines are quite reasonable - starts at rial 10 only