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About Oman

Think Arabian nights! Sindbad the Sailor 1001 nights... Think Oman
A Hidden treasure With a History dating right back to 3,000 BC, Oman's unspoilt land could tell a thousand tales. It was the birthplace of the Queen of Sheba. the last resting place of Prophet Job and the home and port of the famous adventurer, Sinbad the Sailor. So it is no wonder that the Sultanate has such on abundance of hidden treasure- From the grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs of the capital Muscat, to the undulating dunes. Fresh water wadis and miles upon miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. Oman is just waiting to be discovered.

Natural beauty
With natural geysers, vibrant coral reefs, soothing hot springs and mesmerizing aquamarine wadis, Oman has been truly blessed by Mother nature. It is also home to the endangered Arabian Oryx and is one of only three places in the world where rare Greenback Turtle breed. The sight of thousand of baby Greenback Turtles scrambling into the water for the very first time is certainly one to behold.

The gem of Arabia
More reasons to discover enchanting Oman:
• Stunning natural landscapes
• White sandy beaches
• Chic, charming & extremely clean
• Rich in heritage, tradition & culture
• Warm, friendly people
• Modern & ancient Arabian architecture
• Luxury hotels

See the sight
Over the highest sand dunes. Through the deepest Wadis. To the most isolated beaches. Down the souq's labyrinth of alleyways. Whereever our visitors want to go, our qualified and knowledgeable guides will take them there. Our list of tours and excursions cover everything from desert safaris and twilight cruises, to scuba-diving and deep-sea fishing for the more adventurous. We even provide a range of programme that cater to a variety of special interests, including archaeological digs, exploring the local flora or fauna or learning more about the history and culture of this ancient land. It is our innovative approach that has resulted in such a wide variety of tours being offered to our visitors, from family or adventure tours, to one of our more specialist options for the discerning traveller.

Oman's history tells stories of heroism, courage, wisdom, patriotism, love and devotion to homeland. This brings us closer to understanding the richness of the Omani cultural experience, which has contributed to the building of modern Oman.

Oman's strategic location has played a major role in many campaigns and regional conflicts in this region. Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It also controls the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important facilities in the region, linking the Sea of Oman with the Arabian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz is a gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

Al Wattih in Muscat Governorate is one of the first inhabited cities. Modern archaeological discoveries suggest that humans settled in it during the Stone Age, i.e. more than 10,000 years ago.

The Babylonians and the Assyrians settled in Oman because they wanted to control the trade route that linked Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Because of the coastal location of Oman, the Omani navy occupied a leading position regionally. This sparked the ire of the Portuguese, who did not forget their devastating defeat. Fierce battles erupted between the Portuguese Navy (which had made India its base after the liberation of Oman) and the strong Omani navy. After a fierce battle, the Omani fleet was able to defeat the Portuguese fleet.

In 1698, the Omani Empire then expanded to include the cities of the African east coast, stretching from Mombasa to Kila, Zanzibar, Pemba and Bata. Mozambique remained under Portuguese rule until the twentieth century.

Oman had been the target of a number of attempts by the Persians to invade its territory, but the steadfastness and heroism of the Omanis were successfully combined to defeat the occupier. The invaders were defeated, underscoring the exploits of Omani heroes in defending their lands. This great victory was achieved at the hands of Imam Ahmed bin Saeed Al Busaidi, who defeated the Persians and was elected imam.

With the advent of 1970 came the dawn of a modern renaissance in the Sultanate, with the beginning of the prosperous era of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, may God protect him.

Official Name Sultanate of Oman
Head of State His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said (since 1970)
Currency (O.R): OMANI RIALS. (1US$=0,384 O.R ; 1Euro= 0,594 O.R JUIN 08) N.B: O.R
Capital Muscat - 23°36?N 58°33?E
Main Cities Muscat, Nizwa, Sur,Ibri, Salalah, Sohar, Rustaq, Khasab
Population Total Population is 2,694,094 including 742,994 expatriates (27.6%) and 1,951,100 Omanis ( 72.4% ) as per preliminary results of the General Census 2010 data
Total Surface 309,500 Km 2.
Neighbouring Countries Yemen Arab Republic, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Time GMT + 4 hour
Religion Islam
Language Omani ARABIC is the native Language of the country. However, English is widely spoken (as a second native language). Those involved in tourism speak German & French.
Calling code +968
Internet TLD .om, ????.
ISO 3166 code OM

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