DEFINITION of 'OMR (Oman Rial)'
The currency abbreviation or currency symbol for the Oman rial (OMR), the currency of Oman. The Oman rial is made up of 1000 baiza. As of January 2005 it was the fourth highest-valued currency in the world when compared with the United States Dollar (USD) with an exchange rate of US$2.59 to 1 Oman rial.
BREAKING DOWN 'OMR (Oman Rial)'
A multitude of currencies were used in the area before the rial Saidi replaced the Gulf rupee in 1970 at a rate of 21 rupees to 1 rial. This made the rial equivalent to the British pound (GBP). In 1973, the rial Saidi was replaced by the Omani rial.