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Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country situated in the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its location at the mouth of the Persian Gulf is strategically important, and it is bordered to the northwest by the United Arab Emirates, to the west by Saudi Arabia, and to the southwest by Yemen. It also shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan, with the coast formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. Global Peace Index has ranked Oman as the 59th most peaceful country in the world. The country’s capital and largest city is Muscat. The city was historically the main trading port of the Persian Gulf region, and was one of the most significant trading ports of the Indian Ocean. Oman experiences one of the hottest climates in the world, with little rainfall.

 

What to see & do

Oman is well known for cultural tourism. The country has a high level of environment diversity in the Middle East, with various tourist attractions. In 2012, Oman’s capital, Muscat, was named by Lonely Planet as the second-best city to visit in the world. Muscat was also the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2012. Oman is popular among tourists for its historic forts, which serve as the country’s most iconic cultural landmarks. All over the country are more than 500 forts and towers, the best examples of which are in Muscat. The oasis town of Bahla has the Bahla Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and has seven miles of walls. The rugged mountains in Oman also make a great backdrop for a picturesque view, and also offer opportunities for driving along dry wadis (valleys). Travellers can also go on a 4x4 drive on the huge desert dunes at Wahiba Sands, or enjoy the beaches at Masirah Island, a major breeding location for different species of sea turtle, including the largest number of leatherbacks in the world. Other points of interest in Oman also include the exclave of Madha and the Musandam Peninsula.

 

How to get around within Oman

Oman’s national carrier, Oman Air, offers regular domestic flights between the airport in Muscat and the airport in Salalah. There are also daily bus services within the country that links the big cities including

Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Sur, and Nizwa. Taxis are also a common mode of transportation in Oman. The city of Muscat has call/telephone taxi services operated by companies such as Hello Taxi and Muscat Taxi. These taxis are safe and arrive on time, but tend to be more expensive. There are also the orange-badged taxis that are unmetered and with negotiated fares. They offer comparatively cheap prices but will sometimes add extra passengers, unless travellers request for the taxi to be private. Car rentals are also available in Oman, but take note that it is illegal in the country to drive around in a dirty car.

 

How to get there

The largest airport in Oman is Muscat International Airport, also called Seeb International Airport. It is a hub for the national carrier Oman Air and is located 32 kilometres from Muscat. Other airlines that operate at the airport are Air Arabia, Air Blue, Air India, Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, British Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, Gulf Air, IndiGo, Iran Aseman Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Rotana Jet, Saudia, Shaheen Air, Sri Lankan Airlines, SpiceJet, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, and United Airways. The most frequent international flights that arrive at the airport are from Dubai. Driving or riding a bus from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is also possible to enter Oman. 

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