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The law on dirty cars

March 27, 2013

To all you people who don’t live in Oman that probably won’t know this and to some of you who do live in Oman and you just don’t know, it is actually a crime to have a dirty car here in The Sultanate of Oman.

When I first heard this I thought it was a joke but actually it is completely true and fines can range from 10 rials (£16) up to 50 rials (£80) depending on how nice the police officer wants to be.

Okay yes, I know your thinking it barely rains here so how dirty can your car actually get? That is true, I don’t often have mud on my car but there is always a layer of dust from the air and driving onto waste ground car parks kicks up and the beach kicks up alot of dust and ‘stew’ as us Scots call it. 

In these photos you can see that there is a layer of dust on my car, this is deemed as too dirty and I was ordered to go get it cleaned.



So I took it to my local Shell garage in Azaiba who clean it inside and out for an unbelievable 1.9 rials (£3.25), you don’t get that value in the UK. So with prices like that you don’t have much excuse for having a dirty car.

While you sit and wait on your car you can sit outside in the shade or in the air conditioned waiting area. 


The workers in my area like to remind me that my car is dirty when they see it in the driveway and ring the doorbell asking if I need a new car cleaner, you don’t have to go far for someone to clean your car.

That was today’s interesting fact, if I think of anymore crazy laws I’ll let you know 🙂

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