Located on the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is a country of breath taking natural beauty interwoven with a kaleidoscope of history, legends and adventures just waiting to be explored.
Politically stable, easily accessible and blessed with year-round sunshine, Oman is a magical place where time seems to have stood still to contemplate the magic of nature and sincere smiles of those who has always lived in this land. It feels like you live fairy tales and magic among the caravan of camels and turtles swimming around you.
Tourism in Oman has developed rapidly, making the country the fastest growing destination in the region. Luxury hotels, rugged and unspoiled nature and exception weather has helped transform the Sultanate into an increasingly-popular spot for hiking and camping, watersports and relaxing holidays for those seeking an authentic Arabian experience.
Oman covers a total area of approximately 309,500 km2 - similar to that of Poland - but with approximately 4.5 million people there is a lot of space still to explore. About 82% of the country is covered by desert, sand and mountains. The largest expanse of desert in Oman is known in Arabic as ‘Rub al Khali’, meaning the Empty Quarter, which also covers a substantial portion of neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.
Because of the extremely dry and hot environment, it is almost impossible for any animal, plant or human to survive for long periods in such conditions. In the past, there have been Bedouin tribes living in these areas but modern life and education has moved them further towards towns and settlements on the borders of the sands, and away from their traditional nomadic existence in the desert. Further north east of the Empty Quarter, are the Wahiba Sands, also known as the Sharqiyah Sands, another desert plain extending approximately 180 km from North to South and 80km from East to West. It is here that approximately 3,000 Bedu families from different tribes still live and follow their traditions. The Wahiba Sands is home to many species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
There is an intense relationship between the elements in Oman. The ocean bathes our land and the water cultivates our land. Our mountains are full of nature’s blessings including unique plants, herbs, spices, fruit and vegetables. At night, the hidden wonders of the country come alive. The Sea of Oman is full of shining plankton, mirroring the stars in the sky, and sparkling through until dawn.