The oldest independent state in the Arab world.
This is a page just about Oman information, while there will be loads you want to know, this might give you some background
Oman is blessed with a history that goes back to Roman times, the Queen of Sheba and the famous frankincense trails. Ruled over more recently by a dynasty of sultans, with eight sultans since 1749. Omanis are grateful to the current Sultan Qaboos for the thriving economy and tourism in Oman, and bringing an end to the conflicts in which it used to be involved, helping it to grow into the country it is today.
17th century formidable stronghold
The culture and history have helped make the Sultanate unique in the country. The people of Oman have been great sailors and explorers throughout history. Historically Omanis were fisherman and work hard as farmers who herded sheep or goats, this combination of trading and sailing brought about influences from Baluchistan or Zanzibar and India where cultures mixed through time.
Advanced with a sense of stepping back in time
The biggest surprise for most tourists is just how huge Oman is. Trying to pack Musandam, Salalah, Sur, Muscat, Nizwa into 7 or 10 days vacation will not be enjoyable. There’s 3000 km of coastline, dotted with traditional fishing villages and a few larger towns. The capital, Muscat, is the largest city in the country with a population of just over 700,000, situated in the northeast, on the coast of the Gulf of Oman.
On the south coast
Landing in the capital Muscat will give you an idea of the speed of development within the city. The contrast between Muscat and it’s surroundings is very captivating. You will notice the absence of high rise buildings within the city, and the concious effort to upkeep traditional architecture. Muscat itself is not structured with a central medina, town centre, or main shopping strip, making discovering the city quite unusual. Hotels are the only holders of liquor licenses and tend to be a social spot. Other social spots tend to involve smoking hubbly bubbly pipes and drinking juice or coffee in numerous Cafés. [/image_with_text]
Anything you need to your disposal
To many people’s surprise, Oman is not a nation living in the dark ages. There is a contrast of shops available, ranging from small family owned shops to state- of -the-art shopping malls. The Malls have many western style shops, cafés and restaurants. Western style supermarkets are readily available, such as Carrefour and Waitrose brands. Shops stay open until late hours as it is used as a social spot for locals. Information can be found in newspapers or the web [/image_with_text]
Oman is equipped with a state of the art set of Express-ways interconnecting the north to the south. Muscat in particular is endlessly developing it’s routes of travel. Taxi’s are available from every street, and although convenient on a short time basis, can become somewhat a hassle. The lack of meters in the taxi’s does allow the drivers to charge as they please and can turn out to be an expensive affair. Due to the lack of public transport, the alternative is to hire a car. [/image_with_text]