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Oman (Arabic: عمان)

The Sultanate of Oman is a country with an enormous wealth of natural attractions, fascinating culture, stunning landscape and warm welcoming people. Recent advances in the tourist infrastructure has made Oman a new destination for divers, wildlife and nature enthusiasts, hikers and tourists, who relish the pristine waters, mountain ranges, stunning desert, and fascinating forts and souks.

 

Sinbad's Oman Pocket Guide: doors are open - Welcome to Oman

 doors are open - Welcome to Oman


Home to a wide range of award-winning five-star hotels, Oman is the perfect destination for leisure, business, conference and incentive travel. State-of-the-art convention and conference facilities along with first-class air, road and telecommunications networks ensure that any incentive trip to Oman runs smoothly.

The second largest country in the region (Saudi Arabia being the largest), Oman's greatest attraction is its contrasting diverse landscape including majestic fjords in the far north in Musandam, virgin sandy beaches, magnificent desert expanses, rugged mountains and a lush green south.

 

Sinbad's Oman Pocket Guide: sandy beach in Oman

sandy beach in Oman

 

The range of activities available is equally as varied from diving in the Indian Ocean to canoeing the fjords, bird watching to rock climbing or caving. Boat trips to see dolphins, close encounters with nesting turtles or browsing the souks for frankincense, make a stay in Oman unique.

Despite rapid development, the country remains firmly rooted in tradition and culture. A trip to Oman affords the chance to experience the true Arabian way of life and to enjoy the natural beauty of a country that only recently began to attract tourism.

Known formally as the Sultanate of Oman and ruled by HH Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman is divided into eight main regions Muscat, the administrative and commercial capital, Al Batinah, Al Dhahirah, Al Dakhiliyah, Al Sharqiyah, Al Wusta, Dhofar and Musandam. Each of the regions is then divided into smaller wilayats to help in the administration process.
Its rich cultural and archaeological heritage reflects hundreds of years of international trade and foreign influences, evidence of which is spread all over the country, home to more than 500 forts, castles, watchtowers, 3 UNESCO heritage sights and rock paintings.

 

Sinbad's Oman Pocket Guide: rock paintings, Oman

 rock paintings, Oman

 

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