How to unblock Sites in China

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These days, there are various ways to unblock restricted sites where ever you are. However,  it becomes difficult when you are in a country like China, where Internet censorship is very strict. Therefore, it is very important that you understand each method before you even try them. From there, you can easily choose the best way to unblock sites in China.

But first, China’s Great Firewall (GFW) is powerful enough in blocking sites related to pornography, gambling, violence and other unsafe topics. The Chinese government also blocks social sites such as Facebook, and Google products including Gmail and YouTube. Below are some tips on how to browse the web anonymously, along with their limitations.

Unblock sites using your browser

web browsers to unblock sites in China

 Browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have proxy extensions or add-ons that actually allow you to unblock restricted sites. They are easy to set-up, no registration required, and most of them are free. Once you activate it, you can now browse the web anonymously and can visit any blocked website. But because we are talking about China, expect that you can easily be detected. Nevertheless, they may work well in other countries.

Proxy servers

tips to unblock sites in China

A proxy server simply acts as a middleman between your computer and the web. The traffic passes through this server, allowing you to browse the web using its IP address. It receives request of Internet connection, finds the requested web page, and forward it to the user without sending a request to the Internet. Generally speaking, proxy servers are easy to use.  However, you are not totally safe because traffic is not encrypted and can easily be intercepted.

TOR browser

tor to unblock sites in China

 Tor, also known as the Onion Router, is free software that allows you to browse the web anonymously. This anonymization service works by sending your traffic to several nodes or relays, which are being operated by volunteers. However, you should understand that Tor only encrypts your anonymity to hide your real IP address and location, and not your web traffic. So if you use Tor in China, there’s really no assurance that your connection will be consistent.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

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 Theoretically speaking, VPN works almost the same as the other methods mentioned above. With VPN, your real IP address is hidden along with your geo location. But the best advantage of using VPN is that your web traffic is highly encrypted, thus giving you a more secured Internet connection if you are in China. VPN is also virtually faster than the others, but of course, it depends of the service provider. Paid VPNs are obviously better than the free ones.


The best way to unblock sites in China

Here’s the painful truth. There is really no guarantee that you can always unblock sites in China. In fact, GFW have also blocked many VPNs in the past, and some of them are still blocked until today. This is why you have be very careful in choosing your VPN service provider. But so far, nothing beats VPN in terms of speed, reliability, and security. In fact, more and more travelers prefer using VPN over the rest, especially when they need to go to China.

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Watching Hulu and Netflix in the Middle East


Without a doubt, Netflix and Hulu are two of the best streaming giant services the world can offer. Both of them offers great features such as user friendly interface and affordable membership fees. But while you are wondering which of the two platforms is better than the other, you should also understand that Netflix and Hulu are blocked in the Middle East.

As of posting, Netflix is available North and South America, Australia, Japan, New  Zealand, and some parts of Europe, while Hulu is only available in the US. In October

2015, there were reports that Netflix has plans to extend their services to the Middle East. For the meantime, here are some tips on how to watch Netflix and Hulu if you are or will go to the Middle East.

Proxy servers

A proxy server is a free application or computer system that acts as your middleman while browsing the web. Once you are connected to the system, it then sends a request to the web page you want to visit using its IP address. But although proxies are very to use and your real IP address and location are hidden, traffic is not encrypted which means you are not totally safe. In addition, connection is very slow and is not suitable for gaming and video streaming.


Hola, being a web browser extension or add­on, is very popular among Netflix and Hulu users. It is readily available for download for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and works well on Android and iOs devices. Although the current subscription fee is $5 a month, you can also choose its free service. But in May 2015, Hola was heavily criticized after free users realized that their bandwidth was being sold to other users via its sister company, Luminati.


Tor, which has an original project name of The Onion Router, is also famous for being an effective anonymization service. Just like its competitors, Tor allows you to browse the web anonymously by providing you a new IP address, and therefore hiding your real IP address and geo­location. However, many Tor users outside the US complain its speed and audio quality when they use the service for video streaming, especially for Netflix and Hulu.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPN runs using with almost on the same principle as the ones mentioned above, but definitely in a more secured manner. Once you are connection on a VPN server, your web traffic is highly encrypted that any third party can hardly intercept. VPN services are also proven very effective in video streaming because of its fast connection. There are also free services, but paid VPNs are much better, especially in terms of security and customer service.


Internet censorship in the Arab nations is very strict, with most of its countries belong to the so called “Enemies of the Internet.” So if you want to fully enjoy Netflix and Hulu during your stay in Middle East, using a VPN is so far the best option. Just make sure you choose a reliable VPN service provider, and you don’t do illegal activities online.



SSTP VPN main features

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There are several types of vpn available today. We have discussed different types of vpn recently and offered you some tips how to select the best vpn for your needs.

Today we would like to describe SSTP VPN, its main features, advantages and disadvantages.

Without a doubt, VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the best way to browse the web anonymously no matter where you are. Besides being affordable and offers fast Internet connection, VPN traffic is highly encrypted thus protecting you from unwanted third parties even if you are in Wi-Fi zone. There are many types of VPN, and SSTP VPN is only one of them.

By simple definition, SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol) VPN is a proprietary Microsoft protocol and was introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and therefore best suited for computers and gadgets running on Windows operating system. This application-layer protocol employs a synchronous data flow between two programs in a back and forth process.

As the client is connected to the Internet, connectivity is being established via common ports such as TCP 443 or 80. As the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) negotiation takes place, the client gets the server certificate and will be validated. The client will also send a HTTPS request, where S means Secure. This makes it better than most VPN types for Windows users.

During the PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) negotiation at both ends, the client is being authenticated to the server. Once this PPP has been completed, an IP interface shall be established on both the client and the server, and both ends can already to send IP packets to each other. With all of these processes, SSTP VPN addresses many VPN connection problems.

Another great feature of SSTP VPN include having an integrated support for Network Access Protection (NAP). In addition, it establishes a single HTTP over SSL session from the client to the server, instead of two. Therefore, it offers better load balancing third-party SSL-based VPN solutions that use two HTTP over SSL session, thus providing lower network utilization.

Pros and Cons of SSTP VPN

Generally speaking, SSTP VPN is not only an application tunnel for one application and is virtually better against a very restrictive firewall as compared to other VPNs. Nevertheless, you should still understand its advantages and disadvantages so you know if it is compatible to your devices, and will satisfy your needs. Below are some of its major pros and cons:


➢ Best VPN for Windows users, when compared to OpenVPN and PPTP, and L2TP/IPsec
➢ Fully integrated into the VPN client components
➢ You are not required to install any third-party software, making it applicable independent
➢ Well-secured Internet connection, and can bypass most firewalls
➢ SSTP has stronger forced authentication than IPSec. and has support for non IP protocols
➢ SSTP can be configured to use AES encryption, making it more trustworthy than L2TP/IPsec


➢ Compatible only on Windows-based devices, since it is exclusively designed for Microsoft
➢ Being a proprietary protocol, it is not subject to the independent audits, as compared to OpenVPN
➢ Very poor or totally no support on non-Microsoft platforms, such as Apple
➢ Does not support site-to-site VPN tunnels, unlike the PPTP and L2TP/IPsec protocols
➢ Prone to the TCP meltdown problem, where performance depends on the sufficient excess bandwidth

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Internet Censorship in UAE – is it true?


What is Internet censorship and how it works in UAE? Are the most popular myths about Internet filtering in United Arab Emirates true or not? Is it possible to bypass filters in UAE and is it safe?

What Internet censorship is?

Before talking about Internet censorship in UAE let’s clarify what Internet censorship is?

According to Wikipedia,

Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet. It may be carried out by governments or by private organizations at the behest of government, regulators, or on their own initiative. Individuals and organizations may engage in self-censorship for moral, religious, or business reasons, to conform to societal norms, due to intimidation, or out of fear of legal or other consequences.

In others words this means that somebody decides what you can read and watch in the net and what you cannot access.

On my personal point of view this is the limitation of freedom – freedom of reading, freedom of speech, freedom of getting information you need.

Internet censorship is limitation of our freedom.

This is a violation of one of the basic human rights – freedom of information.

Why people from Australia can access some websites but people from UAE cannot?

What if I am a voyager?

And I used to start my morning from surfing some of my favorite sites?

I cannot do this is UAE? Why?

And there are lots of such questions about this problem.

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UAE is among Internet emenies

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) include United Arab Emirates in the list of Internet enemiesThat means that UAE is one of the countries with the most severe and strict on-line filtering and monitoring.

Myth 1 about Internet censorship in UAE

Popular phrase:

My Dubai’s Internet provider blocks my favorite Internet websites.

1. Telecom companies in UAE (Etisalat and Du) are responsible for Internet filters in Dubai, Abi Dhabi and others emirates.

This is NOT TRUE


Internet in United Arab Emirates is controlled and supervised by Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) not any of Internet service provides (ISP).

This organization was established in 2003 under UAE Federal Law and it is responsible for Internet filtering in UAE.

The main categories of prohibited content in UAE

  1. Internet Content that violates the ethics and morals of the UAE including Nudity and Dating.
  2. Internet sites that have material which expresses hate to religions.
  3. Websites that is not inline with UAE Laws.
  4. Sites that allow or assist users to access Blocked Content.
  5. Internet Content that directly or indirectly constitute a risk on UAE internet users such as Phishing websites, Hacking tools & Spywares.
  6. Gambling websites
  7. Sites containing any information about purchasing, manufacturing, promoting and using illegal drugs.

Myth #2 About Internet Censorship in UAE

2. It is impossible to open any blocked site


Despite severe Internet restrictions in UAE there are various methods to avoid Internet restrictions, such as:

– Proxy sites

– Google cache

– VPN Services

– Translation services

And others.

There different ways to open blocked sites.

Myth #3 About Internet Censorship in UAE

3. Skype is blocked in UAE

According to TRA there is not ban on Skype in UAE however VoIP through Skype still unauthorized in UAE.

So it is hard to say if this myth is true or not.

Some people can use Skype in UAE while others cannot.

Myth #4 About Internet Censorship in UAE

4. You can use Viber in UAE

The same thing that with Skype. Generally speaking, Viber is blocked in UAE as the others VoIP services.


Myth #5 About Internet Censorship in UAE

5. You can write what you want on your blogs and social networking pages even from UAE

It is strange to realize that this is not true.

You don’t have absolute freedom of speech in United Arab Emirates.

As you read before there are several categories of prohibited topics, such as gambling, adult, against religious topics and others which you cannot discuss.


Myth #6 About Internet Censorship in UAE

6. Nothing bad will happen if authorities find out that you are spreading prohibited info in the Internet.

Not true.

And it is not worth to try. Of course, all depends on the violation – if it is serious.

If it is in political or conflict/security areas you can even be arrested. So it is better to avoid such thing if you are using insecure Internet connection and do not mask your IP address.

Myth #7 About Internet Censorship in UAE

7. It is not safe to use vpn

Well, vpn connection is absolutely safe and secure. All the traffic sent via vpn is encrypted and nobody can check what you are doing on-line under the vpn connection.

Also vpn masks real IP address and makes it impossible to track.

BUT! Many vpn service providers keep log files and if you are doing something illegal they can easily find out this.

Also, they will provide your real IP if police asks…

So VPN is not the way for some seriously illegal actions.

Myth #8 About Internet Censorship in UAE

8. It is dangerous to use vpn in public wi-fi


VPN is a great tool for keeping your privacy and security in public wi-fi zones.

It let to protect personal and business data from being intercepted.

VPN makes your wi-fi connection secure and safe.

So of course, it is better to use vpn in Public wi-fi.

Myth #9 About Internet Censorship in UAE

9. You can be caught even if you are using vpn

YES and NO

It depends on your vpn service provider. Some of that keep log fines others – not.

Some of that will keep your info private, others will not.

Myth #10 About Internet Censorship in UAE

10. Internet censorship is a myth.

Unfortunately, IT IS NOT TRUE!

On-line limits in United Arab Emirates are present. Internet censorship exists. So it is not a myth but a reality.

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Final conclusion

To summarize all above I must say that Internet censorship in UAE exists and it serious. However there are some ways that might help to avoid on-line restrictions and access blocked sites.

It is all up to you to decide if you will use these methods or not.

Cyber Crime in Oman


According to official Oman 2015 Crime and Safety government report,

Cybercrime in Oman remains limited to common scams requesting money upfront for promised services or chances to obtain more money with a down payment.

Overall Crime and Safety Situation

Crime Rating: Medium
The rating was changed from Low to Medium in the fall of 2014 based on data gathered by the Regional Security Office that shows that, while violent crime remains a rarity, property (non-violent) crime rates exceed the rate for similar crimes occurring in U.S. metropolitan areas.

Crime Threats

Generally speaking, crime is limited to crimes of opportunity and petty theft. High-value items that can be easily transported (small electronics, cash, and jewelry) remain the most common items stolen. Vehicle theft is also prevalent, especially when drivers leave their keys in the car when they run into a store to purchase items. Violent crimes (assaults, rapes, and murder) are extremely rare.

Residential break-ins in Muscat declined slightly in 2013 (the most recent data available). Since late 2010, seven U.S. Embassy residences have been burglarized in the Medinat Qaboos area, but none occurred in 2014. Break-ins have occurred near U.S. Embassy residences, including an apartment building occupied by several U.S. Embassy employees.


Cybercrime remains limited to common scams requesting money upfront for promised services or chances to obtain more money with a down payment.

Areas of Concern

Residential break-ins have generally been isolated in the Medinat Qaboos area, populated primarily by the expatriate community. Numerous allegations of suspicious activities occurring in that area have been reported.

In December 2013, the Embassy published consular messages advising U.S. citizens that non-essential travel by embassy personnel to the Dhofar region, near the border with Yemen, was temporarily suspended until January 1, 2014, because of threat reporting. This was followed by a message on February 20, 2014, advising U.S. citizens to consider deferring non-essential travel to the Dhofar region in Oman because of continuing instability and terrorist activity in neighboring Yemen. U.S. citizens should avoid Oman’s border areas with Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Transportation-Safety Situation

Road Safety and Road Conditions

Road conditions, lighting, and traffic safety in cities and on major highways are good. The condition of rural roads varies from good to poor. Travel between cities, especially at night, may be dangerous because of poor or no lighting, wandering livestock, pedestrians crossing highways, and speeding drivers. The use of European-style traffic circles is prevalent. However, unlike European traffic practice, the driver on the inside lane always has priority. A driver flashing his/her high beams is generally asking for a chance to pass.

Those considering self-driving are advised to familiarize themselves with the Royal Oman Police’s (ROP) procedures for handling road and traffic accidents (RTA) to reduce traffic jams that are available on the ROP web site ( under “Minor Road Traffic Accidents (RTA),” defined as accidents causing minor damage to one or more vehicles that do not result in injuries, deaths, or material damage to public/private property. Parties involved in Minor RTAs should move their vehicles to the side of the road immediately. Conversely, those involved in accidents outside the Muscat area are advised not to move their vehicles from the accident location until the ROP gives them permission; moving a vehicle may be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

Visitors should not drive without a valid license. Short-term visitors in possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license may drive rental vehicles, but residents must have an Omani driver’s license. Residents may insure their vehicles outside the Sultanate; however, third party liability insurance must be purchased locally.

Traffic laws are generally enforced, and the consequences for violating them may be severe by U.S. standards. For example, running a red light results in a mandatory, non-bailable detention of 48 hours, followed by confiscation of the driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car registration plate until the judicial process is concluded, which may take several months. Other common traffic violations that carry strict penalties (up to and including jail sentences, fines, and/or deportation) include: driving without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to wear a seat belt, talking on cellular telephones (other than hands-free technology) while driving, speeding excessively, passing a vehicle from the right lane, screeching car tires or failing to keep one’s car clean. Turning right on a red traffic signal is prohibited. In the event of a traffic violation and fine, drivers should cooperate with police officers, remaining respectful, and should not attempt to pay or negotiate payment at the time of the traffic stop.

Public Transportation Conditions

The safety of public transportation is generally good. Many women avoid public shared vans. Taxis, mini vans, and small buses may swerve suddenly without signaling to the side of the road to pick up passengers and with little regard for other vehicles.

Aviation/Airport Conditions

All airports in Oman adhere to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines on safety and security.

Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence

Political Violence Rating: Low

Local, Regional, and International Terrorism Threats/Concerns

Oman is an important regional counterterrorism partner and works actively to prevent terrorists from conducting attacks within Oman and from using the country for safe haven or transport of weapons and materiel. There are no indigenous terrorist groups known to be operating in Oman.

There have been no instances in which U.S. citizens/facilities have been subject to terrorist attacks. However, in August 2013, Embassy Muscat, along with over 20 other Embassies and Consulates throughout the Middle East and North Africa, suspended operations for 10 days because of concerns of a large terrorist attack emanating from al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP.

The Department of State remains concerned about the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the region by known terrorist groups or “lone wolf” attacks by individuals sympathetic to terrorist causes. U.S. citizens are continuously urged to maintain a high level of security awareness. The State Department suggests that all U.S. citizens in Oman maintain an unpredictable schedule and vary travel routes and times whenever possible. U.S. citizens are also urged to treat mail or packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. Unusual mail or packages should be left unopened and reported to local authorities.

Terrorism Rating: Medium

Anti-American/Anti-Western Sentiment

In general, instances of anti-American or anti-Western sentiment are rare.

A Security Message for U.S. Citizens regarding the potential for acts of terrorism in Oman was published on October 30, 2014, and informed the American community of an anonymous posting on an extremist website that encouraged attacks against American and other Western teachers in the Middle East. The message highlighted the need to remain vigilant and practice sound personal security habits.

Civil Unrest

Spontaneous and/or planned public demonstrations can take place throughout the country in response to world events or local developments. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful have the potential to escalate into violence. Remain attuned to English- and/or Arabic-language media outlets and avoid public demonstrations. There were no large protests or demonstrations in 2014.

Post-specific Concerns

Environmental Hazards

Severe weather conditions (cyclones and flash floods) average one or two occurrences per year. Infrequent inclement weather (rain and sand storms) can cause traffic delays and accidents.

Oman’s approximately 1,300 kilometer eastern coastline borders the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Tidal currents between the calmer Sea of Oman and the larger, more turbulent Arabian Sea, cause strong rip tides, and undertows make swimming in open water dangerous. Public beaches in naturally occurring alcoves along Oman’s coast tend to offer safer swimming conditions than areas with direct exposure to the Arabian Sea. Oman does not post lifeguards nor does it post signs warning of dangerous sea conditions.

Critical Infrastructure Concerns

Omani critical infrastructure is fairly well developed. All telecommunications can be shut down should the government deem it necessary for national security.

Economic Espionage/Intellectual Property Thefts

Large scale economic espionage or intellectual property thefts have not been reported. Visitors and residents should be aware of privacy concerns if transmitting business confidential or intellectual property information via telecommunications.

Privacy Concerns

Oman security agencies maintain a robust ability to control and remotely monitor mobile phones and the Internet. Several websites (Skype, Facetime, pornographic sites, and others) that the government views as inappropriate are actively blocked by Omani telecommunications agencies. While many individuals have chosen to utilize Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to circumvent restrictions, these have sometimes encountered interference. Additionally, items subject to confiscation at the airport because the content is considered culturally inappropriate include, but are not limited to, compact discs, digital video discs, and mobile phones. Any items that may be construed as intelligence gathering equipment, military gear, or electronics that are not off-the-shelf commercial items run the risk of being confiscated. In all cases, the items were eventually released to their owners.

Separately, individuals should be cognizant of protecting their passport and keeping it in a safe and secure location at all times. If a passport is lost or stolen, the government requires the victim to advertise in local newspapers the loss of a passport before it will issue a replacement visa.

American companies may find it difficult to vet or otherwise verify personnel backgrounds for purposes of employment because of strict privacy laws and lengthy bureaucratic processes.

Drug-related Crimes

Drugs are illegal. Drug use and crimes continue to be an issue. To better combat illegal narcotics, the ROP upgraded their counter-narcotics section from a Directorate to a General Directorate, which makes more resources available to ROP counter-narcotics enforcement. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Police Response

The ROP is a capable, well equipped police force. Due to the generally safe environment, the ROP is more reactive than proactive in its law enforcement activities, and it does not generally act with the sense of urgency that many may be accustomed to in the U.S.

How to Handle Incidents of Police Detention or Harassment

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested, that might not always be the case in Oman. To ensure that the U.S. is aware of your circumstances, request that Omani police and prison officials notify the U.S. Embassy as soon as you are arrested or detained. U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services contact information is located at the bottom of this report. Anyone arrested may have limited opportunities to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance; it should not be considered an “automatic” process.

Crime Victim Assistance

Please see our “Information on Victims of Crime” report (, including possible victim compensation programs in the U.S.

The ROP rarely provides the U.S. Embassy specific details regarding local criminal or investigative matters unless it is directly related to the U.S. Embassy.

Medical Emergencies

Call 9999 if you need ambulance transport. Ambulances are modern, staffed by trained paramedics, equipped with life-saving equipment, and will transport you to the hospital you request.

Due to the lack of street addresses and construction, directions need to be given to your location based upon prominent landmarks (prepare directions to your home and keep them by the telephone). Do not end an emergency telephone call until you are certain that the directions are clearly understood. If the residence is difficult to find, advise the 9999 operator that you will meet the ambulance at a nearby landmark, if possible. Heavy traffic may also impede the ability of emergency medical services to respond in a timely manner. Consider using your personally owned vehicle for transport to a hospital and familiarize yourself with the quickest routes to emergency facilities throughout the city.

Contact Information for Recommended Hospitals/Clinics

The four main medical facilities are Khoula Hospital, Royal Hospital, Starcare Hospital, and Muscat Private Hospital. For treatment of major life-threatening emergencies (heart attack, stroke, or critical pediatric issues), patients should be sent to Royal Hospital. Patients with major trauma (road accidents, serious bleeding, or burns) should go to The Khoula Hospital and Trauma Center (located on Al Sultan Qaboos Street, the main highway through Muscat). All motor vehicle accident victims are to be taken to Khoula Hospital. For pediatric and OB/GYN non-traumatic medical emergencies, go to Muscat Private Hospital located in Ghubra.

For non-life threatening emergencies or routine consultations, there are several private medical centers and medical providers available. It is strongly advised that all personnel identify and select a primary care physician and a pediatrician if required. Making this selection will enable you to establish a comfortable working relationship with a doctor before a true emergency arises.

The most updated information regarding medical care can be found here:

Recommended Air Ambulance Services

American Jets, Inc Phone Work: +1-772-380-4167
Euro-Flite Finland, Phone Work: +358-20510-1900
International SOS, Phone Work: +971-4-601-8777
Medical Rescue International, Phone Work: +44 0 1962 735955
Tyrol Air Ambulance, Phone Work: +43 512 224 22 100

Recommended Insurance Posture

All travelers should carry international travel insurance, including medevac. Many hospitals may not accept international travel insurance and will require payment up front. Most major hospitals accept common credit cards.

CDC Country-specific Vaccination and Health Guidance

For additional information on vaccines and health guidance, please visit the CDC at:

Tips on How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

Situational Awareness Best Practices

There is no specific information regarding targeting of American interests or personnel.

Be alert, and immediately report any suspicious person or activity by dialing 9999 on any phone. Make yourself a hard target by avoiding routines. This is one of the most effective deterrents to criminals and terrorists because they often conduct surveillance on an intended target for a long time before acting. Unpredictability is one of your best defenses.

Identify safe havens in areas where you frequently travel (police stations, hospitals, friendly embassies, etc). When in your vehicle, if threatened or an attack is attempted, take control and keep moving – do not stop. Leave the area immediately and try to reach one of your chosen safe havens. Remember to lock your vehicle doors and keep the windows rolled up anytime you leave your car unattended.

Although Oman is a relatively safe environment, it is advised that women not travel alone during hours of darkness.