The Place

Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia but is distinctly different in most aspects of its appearance, lifestyle and people.

It is a place of immense charm, often referred to as the “Jewel of Arabia” and abounds with the sights, smells and sounds that conjure up memories of stories of Sindabad the sailor - who incidentally was thought to be born in Oman.  

Oman has successfully managed to retain its unique heritage in the face of modern world encroachment and this can be seen in its people’s dress, its buildings and most importantly, its rightfully held reputation for being one of the most hospitable places on earth.

The progressive economic plan of the Sultanate has however ensured that all the trappings of the modern world can now be found here.  From sumptuous five star hotels, mega shopping malls, new airports and an incredible road system, Oman has managed to successfully blend the old with the new creating a place of wonderment and inspiration.

Oman has a population of just over 4 million people – a diverse range of nationalities from Oman and across the globe.  Muscat is its capital city – a vibrant place with the Hajar mountains as its back drop and gulf of Oman to its coast.  Sohar and Sur are fast developing industrial cities and fast becoming economic powerhouses in their own rights.   Salalah is a tropical oasis and known as the capital of the south which catches the Indian Monsoon rains – ensuring that it is probably the only place in the Middle East that has verdant green mountains and waterfalls in late summer.

 

 

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