Guide to OMAN

Map of OMANOMAN which official name is Sultanate of Oman or Oman, is a country from Asia located at the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE. OMAN with 1,374 km sq km, limits with: Saudi Arabia 676 km, UAE 410 km, Yemen 288 km; and is divided in 5 regions . OMAN's capital is Muscat , but OMAN 's most populated city is salalah with about 178,469 inhabitants.

History of OMAN

OMAN's government is monarchy; a Absolute monarchy with a Monarch personally exercises power alongside weak parliament government type, with Sultan Qaboos as head of state.

Flag of OMANOther symbols of OMAN are Omani anthem "Nashid as-Salaam as-Sultani Omani flag.Omani flag is composed by three horizontal bands of white, red, and green of equal width with a broad, vertical, red band on the hoist side; the national emblem (a khanjar dagger in its sheath superimposed on two crossed swords in scabbards) in white is centered near the top of the vertical band .

OMAN's history is quite long: The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS bin Said al-Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father; he has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.

OMANs geography

OMAN has an area of 212,460Km ,with a coastline of 2092, this great area is composed by 212,460 sq km of land and 0 sq km of water. Omani geography is known by it's central desert plain, rugged mountains in north and south . This makes Omani's land specially proclive to summer winds often raise large sandstorms and dust storms in interior; periodic droughts.

Guide to travel to OMAN

If you are thinking on traveling to OMAN, you will have to take in consideration some points like OMAN's currency, OMAN's weather, OMAN's national holiday and OMAN's transports.

The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. OMAN`s currency is called rial ( RO), which is divided in 1,000 baizas. For your consideration, rial's exchange rate is about St. Thomas Cathedral, Kuching per dolar.0.3848800172.

OMAN's weather is characterized to be dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to OMAN.

You can also consider to visit OMAN on it's national holiday to get in OMAN's culture. If you do so, OMAN's national holiday is called Birthday of Sultan QABOOS, 18 November.

Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of OMAN: Jabal Shams 2,980 m. And try also to get to OMAN's lowest point: Arabian Sea 0 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit OMAN's tallest structure: ( ).

Don't be afraid to take a flight to OMAN, with more than 137 airports and 2 airlines, you will get to OMAN without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. OMAN has about0 of railways, and also0 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.

Omani Culture

Coat of arms of OMANOMAN is known by Omanis as Saltanat Uman or Uman in the shortened way. Omani, about 3,204,897 people, are composed by different ethnics: Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African. And they also have different languages: Arabic.

Another relevant point nowadays it's OMAN's religion. Omanis are divided in Ibadhi Muslim 75%, other (includes Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Hindu) 25%.

Videos of Oman

See some viedos of Oman's places and tourism before choosing your vacations destination.

Oman Ministry of Tourism, Part I of II

Oman Ministry of Tourism, Part II of II

Latest News of Oman

Oman's Arab Spring legacy: Good governance?

Many in the Gulf state praise the consumer protection agency set up in 2011 – but now, it is at risk of being defanged.

Oman warns on two UAE educational institutes

Starting next academic year, Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education has announced it will ban its students from enrolling in two educational institutions in the UAE after recruiters say the quality of education of students who graduated from these universities is not up to par. Omani students are banned from attending Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) and the College of Islamic and ...

Oman to issue first sovereign sukuk by mid-2015 -c. bank chief

Oman plans to make its first sovereign issue of Islamic bonds, a 200 million rial ($520 million) issue, by mid-2015 to help finance a budget deficit caused by the plunge of oil prices, the head of its central bank said on Sunday. "The issue will be through the central bank for the local market," central bank executive president Hamood Sangour al-Zadjali told Reuters on the sidelines of a ...

Oman Producing Oil All-Out as Price Rout Eases

Oman will produce 980,000 barrels a day this year, Al Aufi said in an interview in Muscat on Sunday. Oman will provide 2014 production figures in April, Al Aufi said. “It’s crucial that we continue executing the future projects,” Al Aufi said. Rising supply from the U.S. to Russia and slower growth in China, the world’s second-biggest oil user, are contributing to a worldwide crude surplus that ...

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