Sitting strategically on the southern eastern coast of Arabian Peninsula and positioned significantly at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the Sultanate of Oman is bordered by Yemen to the south, Saudi Arabia to the west and UAE to the northwest. Flanked by a long coastline of almost 1,700 km on one side that stretches from one end to the other, the country boasts beautiful geographic diversification. From deserts, mountain ranges to valleys, coastal plains and lush greenery, Oman has it all.
Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab peninsula that has experienced a long haul of international isolation and internal political turmoil that has kept it away from the eyes of the world until the 1970s. It was then that Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the current Sultan came into power with a more liberal approach and opened up the country for more economic reforms. Subsequently, the country has emerged as one of the most tourist friendly countries in the Gulf region.
Today, Oman is ranked as one of the safest and peaceful countries in the world that offers beautiful destinations, eco-tourism and a plethora of adventure activities for travellers.
Having the most varied topography and untouched beauty, Oman also has a culturally rich heritage with amazing forts, palaces, souks and cuisine. It is the warm, hospitable demeanor of Omanis and peaceful culture that make this country a haven to retreat into its less explored locales and unsurpassed artistry of nature.
Muscat- the capital city has been lauded as the second best city to visit in the world by travel guide Lonely Planet in 2012. Beautifully surrounded by mountains and desert, the city seamlessly blends culture with modernity. Portuguese forts, Royal Opera house, and upscale shopping malls are not the only places of interest but the marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Old Muttrah Corniche and sandy beaches at Shatti Al Qurum and Bandar Jissah catch the fancy of visitors. Other exciting destinations to visit in Oman are Salalah, which is famous for its green landscape amid the desert, amazing sea-life and pristine beaches. Wahiba Sands is ideal for a desert safari, camping and camel rides, whereas Khasab and Masira Island are famed for marine adventure and other fun activities. Qantab is mainly known for scuba diving.
The population of Oman encompasses over 4 million people out of which 1.76 million are expatriates. Majorly the Omani society is tribal that comprises various tribes of Baloch, Al Lawatis and people from Zanzibar region. Arabic is the official language of Oman.
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