Oman is a country located in the Middle East. The country shares borders with Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. The language of the nation is Arabic – in line with bordering nations, with Islam the main religion. The population of the nation is approximately 5,000,000. It is a picturesque country, with several noticeable sites. As this guide shows, the country has several World Heritage Sites, some of which make our article. Overall, Oman is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.
Land Mass: 119,500 square miles
After experiencing life as a Portuguese colony, Oman is known for being ruled by a ‘Sultan’. Sultan Qaboos has reigned since 1970. In this period, the country has modernised in several areas such as health, education and welfare. The nation has a very hot climate, with summer temperatures commonly reaching 50 degrees. The capital city – Muscat, was chosen as the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2012.
Things to Do and See:
Oman is a very religious country. Perhaps the most well-known sight is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – named after the leader of the country. This sight is a very meaningful site to Muslims in the country. It is located in the capital city of Muscat. This, together with the Royal Opera House, also located in Muscat, forms two sites frequented by tourists. Both feature stunning architecture.
Furthermore, as is customary in the Middle East, the landscape makes for fantastic views. Look out for the Wadi Shab and the Oman Fjords. There are several museums too worth visiting – the Oman Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre features several interesting sights, while the Oman Armed Forces Museum falls into the ‘must-see’ category for any military enthusiast. Several tours are available in major cities.
The Middle East is a beautiful location to visit. Oman is no exception to this. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Oman, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Oman, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Oman, available at this link. Happy Travelling!