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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Oran

Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Algeria. Below are the main dates for these festivities:

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

In Algeria, New Year's Day is a cause for celebration with friends and family.

3rd month of the Hijiri calendar: Eid Al-mawlid an-Nabawi (national)

The birth of the Prophet Muhammad is celebrated each year in Algeria. Prayers and celebrations during these two days make them a family-holiday.

March 20: International Francophonie Day (national)

49 French-language speaking countries including Algeria celebrate their link with France. Poetry and writing contests are held for the youth, as well as meals and games about French culture and language for everyone.

May 1: Labour Day (national)

Labour Day is a public holiday for all Algerians. This day is spent on parades and worker marches.

Ninth month of the Hijiri calendar:Ramadan (national)

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, is an especially pious time in Algeria, a country with a majority Muslim population. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset. For the entire month, Oran operates at a slower pace during the day and stirs into action at nightfall.

1st day of Chawwal(date set according to the Hijiri calendar): Eid ul-Fitr (national)

In Islam, this day marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a time for celebrations with family and friends.

June 19: Righting Day (national)

The Anniversary of the Algerian coup d'état of June 19th 1965 which saw Houari Boumédiène take over as president is cause for yearly celebration.

July 5: Independence Day (national)

This holiday commemorates the Independence of Algeria as proclaimed on July 5th 1962 by General de Gaulle. It is an opportunity for many official speeches, parades and popular rejoicing.

August 21 (date set according to the Hijri calendar): Eid al-Adha (national)

It is considered the most important of the yearly Muslim holidays and honours Ibrahim as a model for all believers. This is also an occasion for sumptuous family gatherings, for which it is recommended to multiply offerings and gifts.

November 1: Anniversary of the Revolution (national)

November 1st 1954 is the official starting point of the war between France and Algeria. This event is cause for yearly celebrations, official memorial services and political speeches.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Oran

Oran is a coastal city that enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. Summers, from June to September, are usually very hot. Winters, from December to March, are cool. Spring (April/May/June) and Autumn (October/November), with mild weather are the best seasons to visit Algeria's second largest city.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 5 17 44 Not the best period to go
February 6,5 18 44,5 Not the best period to go
March 8 20 35 Good period to go Good period to go
April 10 21,5 30 Good period to go Good period to go
May 13 24 27 Good period to go Good period to go
June 17 28 4 Good period to go Good period to go
July 19,5 30,5 2 Not the best period to go
August 20 32 3 Not the best period to go
September 18 29 13 Good period to go Good period to go
October 14 25 25 Good period to go Good period to go
November 9,5 21 55,5 Not the best period to go
December 7 18 45 Not the best period to go
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Oran Ahmed Ben Bella Airport

The Ahmed Ben Bella International airport is 12 kilometres south of Oran.

  • One terminal (T1): Air France

A second terminal is under construction, for a 2018 opening.

Travelling between the airport and Oran:
  • By car
    Directions: Downtown Oran is 20 minutes away from the airport when using the N2A road.
    There is a parking lot with a capacity of 900 in the immediate vicinity of the airport. Entrance ticket is DZD 60 no matter the duration.
    Several car rental companies are located in the arrivals hall.
  • Hotel shuttles
    Some hotels organize their own shuttles from the airport. Check with your hotel ahead of time.
  • Taxis: Taxis are available at the ranks when exiting the airport. Price must be negotiated beforehand. Allow between DZD 200 to 400 for a trip downtown.
  • Services :shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi), bank, mailboxes and prayer rooms available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +213 41 59 10 77

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GETTING AROUND Oran

In Oran, tramway is the celebrity. It is the most reliable and efficient way to get around the city.

Car

Driving around town may be a difficult experience: lack of signage in some neighbourhoods, heavy traffic during rush hour, shortage of parking spaces… We advise you not to use a car to get around in Oran.

Tramway

Oran's new tramway line opened in 2013. It crosses the city from east to west and stops at several of Oran's main points of interest. It is operated every day from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with one train every 4 minutes during rush hour. Tickets are DZD 40. You can buy them at the automated machines in every station or in the tramway.

Taxi

Taxis are a good way to navigate the city of Oran, even though you have to consider the dense traffic. Be careful and do not hop into non-official taxis. Taxis in Oran must be yellow and bear a “taxi” sign. The fare must not exceed DZD 20 per kilometre.

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Visitor information

Once you arrive in Oran, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.

Office du tourisme d'Oran

Address: 4 rue Mohamed-Khemisti Oran Algérie
Telephone: + 213 41 27 78 61
Website: http://www.oran-dz.com/

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Oran counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

Obtaining a booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis is recommended

Typhoid, hepatitis A and B are also recommended.

For more information, contact the Air France Vaccination Centre:

by phone: +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00

Water

It is recommended to drink water from sealed bottles.

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ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRENCH Entry requirements for the territory of Algeria

As a French citizen, you need to obtain a visa if you will be staying in Algeria. The request should be addressed to the Algerian consulate.

To travel serenely in Oran and Algeria, follow the travel advice of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays/algerie

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Useful addresses

Algerian Embassy in France:

  • Address: 50, rue de Lisbonne - 75008 Paris
  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 93 20 20
  • Website: Amb-algerie.fr

French Embassy in Algeria:

  • Address: 25 chemin Abdelkader Gadouche - 16035 Hydra, Alger
  • Telephone: +213 21 98 17 17
  • Website: ambafrance-dz.org

French Consulate in Oran:

  • Address: 1 rue Aïmeur Brahim - 31 000 Oran
  • Telephone: + 213 41 33 65 58
  • Website: oran.ambassade-dz.org

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Essential phrases

Here are a few useful phrases in Arabic for your stay in Oran:

Good morning: Assalam alaykom / Sabahu Alkhair

Good afternoon: Masa'u Alkhair

Good evening: Masa' alkhir

Good bye: Iilaa alliqa

Yes: Nem

No: La

No thank you: La shukraan

Thank you very much: Shukraan

I don't understand: La ‘afhum

Could you repeat please?: Karrar

Please: Min fadlik

What time is it?: Kam alssaea

Excuse me: Asif

Airport: Matar

Railway station: Mahatt

Taxi/cab: Taxi

Hotel: Funduq

Hospital: Mustashfaa

Bank: Masrif

Telephone: Hatif

I am (…): Ana (…)

I am looking for (…): Abhath (…)

How much is (…)?: Kam tukallif

Do you have (…)?: Ladayk

Where can I find (…)?: Ayn hu (…)

Where can I buy (…)?: Ayn yumkinuni shira (…)

I would like (…): Awadd (…)

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Good to know

+ 213
+ phone number
-7 : 00
of time difference with
Hong Kong
No Daylight Savings Time in Algeria.

BANKS
Usually from Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In July and August, banks are open in the morning only, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Usually from Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In July and August, administrative offices are open in the morning only, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Tipping

Tipping is not necessarily required, although always appreciated if you are satisfied with the service. You may leave a tip in restaurants and hotels, for 10 to 15% of the bill.

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