Located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, Sultanate of Oman with a population of less than 5 million, is a unique country in the middle east. This uniqueness is the result of several factors including: geographical features, landscapes, history, cultural characteristics and social and economic aspects.
Despite some cultural similarities to its Arab neighbors, sufficient cultural heterogeneity exists within its national boundaries to make Oman distinct from other Arab States of the Persian Gulf.
Mountains, sand and sea which once isolated Oman, are now its major outdoor attractions.
The natural wonders of Oman, including breathtaking sand deserts, pillow lavas and giant Baobab trees, besides its caves and Wadis attract thousands of nature lovers every year.
Oman is home to endangered Arabian oryx and in the water surrounding the country you can observe more that 20 species of Dolphins and Whales. The endangered green sea turtles are also attracted to the shores of Oman to lay eggs and breeding reserves are located at Ras al-Jinz and on the Dimaniyat Islands.
Frankincense which is used in perfumery and aromatherapy is the essence of Oman and a symbol of life for its people. It is a famous souvenir from Oman.
Omanis are majorly Muslims. Their friendliness and generous culture make you feel like you belong to the country, even if you have lived there for just a few days. They treat tourists like family. Don’t be surprised if you are invited to their houses and given mouthwatering Omani foods. Omanis kind hearts is the most missed thing when you return from Oman.
Oman is a perfect escape from all the struggles of the modern routine life. Its pristine natural beauty and authentic social life make you think time passes more slowly, so you feel you have more time to relax.
Oman is a fast-developing country, especially in the field of tourism. According to official statistics about 4.2 million tourists from around the world in 2018 which is a remarkable figure. Oman has a lot to offer particularly within the realm of cultural tourism. It’s capital Muscat was named the best city to visit in the world according to Lonely Planet.
There are numerous nature-based activities including kitesurfing, diving, snorkeling, fish excursions, desert safaris, camelback riding, caving and canyoning just to name a few.
On the other hand, historic and cultural attractions like enchanting souqs (markets), museums and forts are the must see in Oman. UNESCO has listed 4 sites in Oman as the world heritage including: Bahla Fort, Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn, Land of Frankincense and Falaj irrigation systems.
Oman is a safe country. With one of the lowest terrorism threats in the world and the rank “0” for the impact of terrorism from The Institute for Economics and Peace, Oman is the only Middle East country where you can enjoy a peaceful time in total tranquility.
Oman has two national airlines: Oman Air and Salam Air. They both operate domestic and international passenger services and fly directly to many destinations around the world.