One of the most attractive travel destinations in the Middle East located on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula with a coastline of 1,700km from the Strait of Hormuz in the north, to the borders of the Republic of Yemen in the South.
Three seas border it: The Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. It has a total area of approximately 309,500km2, which makes her the third largest country in the Arabian Peninsula after Saudi Arabia from the west and Yemen from the South.
Known for its traditional hospitality, Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The local Omanis are very friendly and always willing to help. English is widely spoken although sometimes on a very basic form.
Oman’s topography attracts a large number of tourists; the Sultanate has a diversity of topographical features consisting of:
The costal plain: the most important area representing about 3% of the total land area.
The mountains: covers approximately 15% and the main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, RAs Al Had.
Sands & Deserts: occupies the remaining area and includes two large sand deserts the Wahiba Sands known as (Rimalat Al Wahiba) and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali)
Oman is known for its tropical climate but its still subject to seasonal changes. The climate differs from one area to another. In the costal areas summer is hot and humid while in the Interior it’s hot and dry. The higher mountains such as Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountains) and Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain) enjoy a moderate climate throughout the year. The monsoons bring rain to the southern coast of Oman especially around the area of Salalah. While regions in the Arabian Gulf try and beat the heat during peak summer times, the Dhofar region enjoys a moderate climate with heavy monsoon rains between May and September
Winter falls between December and March with an average temperature of 25-30ºC with light occasional rainfalls, though heavy rains can be expected. This is referred to as the High Season, when most visitors to Oman choose to travel.
FACTS ABOUT THE SULTANATE OF OMAN
|Population||2.8 million (80% Omanis, 20% Expats)|
|Main Language||Arabic, English is widely used|
|Currency||Omani Riyal (OMR) - OMR1.00 = USD2.60 = EUR2.00 (Approximately)|
|Local time||GMT +4 hours during winter and GMT+3 hours during summer|
|Electricity||220/240 volts AC requiring three-pin wall plugs|
|Shopping||Souks (Arabian Markets) along with shopping malls and centers with international brands and stores.|
|Cuisine:||International and Traditional|
|Transport:||Local taxis and bus services (for taxis: agree a price before starting the journey)|