The Sultanate of Oman is located on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Oman has a rich and extensive history, with the first known human settlement in today’s Oman dating back to the Stone Age. The Omani Sultanate was a powerful empire from the late 1600s, competing with Britain and Portugal for control of the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

 At its peak in the 1800s the empire covered modern-day Iran and Pakistan to Zanzibar; however the nineteenth century saw the sultanate decline in power and come under the influence of the United Kingdom.

Oman’s official religion is Islam and the nation has an absolute monarchy. The previous Sultan was the self-appointed leader since 1970, making him the longest-serving ruler in the Middle East. Until the Sultan exiled the previous leader in 1970, the country was vastly under-developed and almost totally closed to visitors. Since then, Oman has undergone rapid progress, embracing education, infrastructure improvements and tourism. 

Oman has a tropical desert climate, with hot humid summers and warm-to-hot springs and autumns which experience cool nights. The Dhofar Mountains, located in Southern Oman, have a tropical climate, receiving seasonal rainfall between late-June and late-September. The rain here results from monsoon winds coming off the Indian Ocean. Oman is largely known for its white sand beaches, clear blue waters and warm ocean temperatures all year round.  

Sites to see in Oman include some of its historic forts and towers (there are over 500!) which served as defence and lookout points in the past to deter potential invaders. Some of the most iconic forts are conveniently located at the entrance to Muscat Bay in Muscat, the capital city. The nation’s varied landscape also draws tourist attention, from its rugged mountains over 9000ft, to its huge desert dunes to its sandy beaches.the more closed Saudi Arabia, is easy to travel around and geared up for both leisure pursuit resort as well as off the beaten track trekking and adventures. The costs in the major cities are not as sky high as the mighty space age skyscraper hotels. The juxtaposition of tradition and modernity is one of the region’s fascinating features.

Although camels have long been replaced by modern 4×4 land cruisers, travellers who have moved past the tough veneer have discovered a land almost untouched by mass tourism which is rich with history and beauty. From 5000 year old temples and tombs to the most varied of landscapes, from lush forests to mountain treks, cool green oases for desert golf and endless stretches of desert perfect for crazy jeep dune bashing.

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