History of Oman
Geography of OmanTotal size of Oman is 212,460 sq.km which is slightly smaller than Kansas. Oman is included in Middle East. It is comprised of central desert plain, with rugged mountains in north and south. Lowest point is Arabian sea, and the highest point is Jabal shams (2980 m). Oman has 1600 km of coastline and four natural regions- the coastal plain, Dhofar to south, a vast desert (central) and mountain range along north coast.
Climate of OmanClimate of Oman is subtropical dry, hot desert climate with low annual rainfall. There is big difference in maximum and minimum temperatures.
Natural Resources in OmanNatural resources of Oman are petroleum, copper, asbestos, marble, limestone, chromium, gypsum, natural gas, frankincense, steel, crude oil.
Tourist Attraction in OmanFamous cities are Muscat, salalah, Nizwa, Sur, Sohar, Khasab, Jabal Shams, Ibri, Bahla, Wadi Shab, Tiwi, Nakhal, Masirah Island, Ras Al Jinz, Fanja, karsha, Sinaw etc.
Famous tourist attractions are the Muscat city(capital), Nizwa castle, Nakhi castle, Bahla castle, wadi Shab, Wahiba, Jabrin castle, Wadi Ghul etc.
Famous Hotels in OmanFamous hotels are Alila Jabal Akhdar (The green mountain), Inter Continental Muscat, Al Bustan Palace, The Chedi Muscat, Six senses zighy bay, Shangri-La Baar Al Jissah resort/ spa, Radisson Blu hotel Muscat.
Oman CuisineMost dishes across Oman have plenty of curry, cooked meat, rice, vegetables and also soups(both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) Important dishes are kebabs, machboos, Muqalab, Shuwa and Sakhana. Harees(Wheat mixed with meat) is very popular. Coffee is the national beverage. Other beverages are buttermilk, yoghurt drinks, and soft drinks. Chicken and Lamb are favourite foods.
Oman CultureWestern influences are quite restricted in Oman, which is 75% muslim. Alchohal is only available in few hotels according to the culture. Arabic is the official language. There are different dialects like balochi, southern Arabian, Swahili. English is second language. Apart from Ibadi form of islam, there is Shia islam and Sunni islam. Oman is famous for its hospitality.
Among sports, traditional sports like camel racing, horse racing, dhow racing, falconry and bull fighting is popular. Modern day sports like soccer, cricket, sand surfing, basketball are becoming liked and practiced.
The main festivals are - Muscat festival (February) is a celebration of cultural and artistic events, Salalah Tourism festival (July-August) is to celebrate the arrival of monsoon.
The major airlines that serve the country are Oman air, Gulf air, Emirates, Etihad airways, British airways, KLM Royal dutch airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa German airlines.
Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: November 11, 2015
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Facts about Oman
|Government||Unitary Islamic Absolute monarchy|
|Area||309,501 sq km|
|Currency||Omani Rial (OMR)|
|Neighbours||Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen|