Oman’s pristine landscapes
are waiting to be explored
Perched on the south-east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes typify Oman: arid desert, secret oases, awe-inspiring mountains and a lush shoreline. These diverse features create habitats for a wealth of wildlife and ecosystems unique to Oman.
On land, fauna and flora of a stunning diversity thrive. In the ocean, coral reefs churn the turquoise sea into surf which breaks onto white sandy beaches. Whales and dolphins are a common sight, and the sea is teeming with tropical fish. Turtles nest in numbers matched by no other country on the planet. Alongside this natural wealth is the Omani culture, as diverse and rich as the sea, mountain and desert environments put together.
The coastline of Oman extends over 3,000 km, most of which borders the Indian Ocean. Until recently, much of Oman was undiscovered by tourists, but the ports of Oman have been a destination for sea-faring traders since the dawn of time. Today, the coastline remains unspoilt, untouched by the ravages of industry. Oman offers some of the cleanest, most stunning beaches a visitor could hope to see. Weekend picnics and barbecues are popular amongst the locals, and many coves are perfect for snorkeling or beach-combing.
Muscat is the capital and by far the largest city in Oman, with over a million inhabitants. Muscat has an international airport with direct flights to destinations all over the world including many direct flights to Europe, the Gulf and Asia courtesy of the national carrier, Oman Air.
Omani culture, as diverse and rich as the sea, mountain and desert environments put together.
The capital has all the facilities of you'd expect from a large city, like international banks,and retail shopping along old streets and in modern shopping malls, but beyond that, the city has a charm all of its own. Strict building regulations mean that the capital retains its old-world ambience, while some of the world's most beautiful boutique hotels mean that you can stay in style and luxury.
Above all, Oman is purposely not a destination for mass tourism. Select tourists come to Oman for authentically rich experiences, like camping in the desert, staying in beautiful hotels, and diving with turtles.
Under the enlightened leadership of H.M. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Oman has pursued market-oriented policies and private sector development as the mechanism for prosperity and growth. Consequently, Oman has emerged as a modern state with world-class infrastructure in transport and communication, and the government and people continue to forge confidently ahead along the path of comprehensive development in the political, economic and social sectors.