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Oman

Background

Oman

The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al-Said overthrew the restrictive rule of his father; he has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.

About

The Sultanate of Oman is in the Middle East, on the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west, and Yemen in the southwest. Oman has two exclaves separated from it by the United Arab Emirates, the Musandam Peninsula and Madha.

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Oman

Muscat, Oman.

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Jan 2017  »  Oman

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OmanAl Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel 

Muscat 114 Oman
Quron Beach
Muscat 114
Oman

Price (US$): $507 - $2861 / night

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Location. Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel is located on the beach in Muscat and local attractions include Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, Al Jalali Fort, and Muttrah Souq. Other points of interest are Sultan Armed Forces Museum and Port Sultan Qaboos. Resort Features. Dining options at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel include 4 restaurants. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves hot and cold… more »

OmanSalalah Marriott Resort 

Mirbat Beach, Post Office Box 225
50 min drive from Salalah Airport
Mirbat 220
Oman

Price (US$): $147 - $255 / night

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Location. Salalah Marriott Resort is a beachfront luxury resort located in Mirbat. Resort Features. Salalah Marriott Resort features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a swim up bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a health club. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and facials. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers a… more »

OmanCrowne Plaza Sohar 

Falaj Al Qabail Roundabout
Sohar 322
Oman

Price (US$): $140 - $533 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza Sohar is a business friendly hotel located in Sohar. Hotel Features. Crowne Plaza Sohar features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. This 5 star property has a business center and offers a meeting/conference room, secretarial services, and business services. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional… more »

OmanAl Nahda Resort & Spa 

Al Nakhal Street
Post Box 502
Barka 320
Oman

Price (US$): $442 - $443 / night

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Location. Located in Barka, Al Nahda Resort & Spa is a business friendly resort in the historical district and close to Barka Souq. Resort Features. Dining options at Al Nahda Resort & Spa include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, an outdoor tennis court, a health club, and a spa tub. The property's full service health spa has body treatments,… more »

OmanThe Chedi Muscat 

P.O. Box 964 18th November Street
Al Khuwair
Muscat 133
Oman

Price (US$): $1222 - $1560 / night

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Location. The Chedi Muscat is located on the beach in Muscat, close to Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Regional points of interest also include Sultan Armed Forces Museum and Muscat City Centre Shopping Mall. Resort Features. Dining options at The Chedi Muscat include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include outdoor… more »

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Oman

Full name
Sultanate of Oman
Capital
Muscat
Location

Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE

Geographic coordinates

21 00 N, 57 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Kansas

Border countries

Saudi Arabia 676 km, UAE 410 km, Yemen 288 km

Coastline

2,092 km

Climate

dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south

Terrain

central desert plain, rugged mountains in north and south

Lowest point

Arabian Sea 0 m

Highest point

Jabal Shams 2,980 m

Natural resources

petroleum, copper, asbestos, some marble, limestone, chromium, gypsum, natural gas

Population

2,967,717

Ethnic groups

Arab, Baluchi, South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi), African

Religions

Ibadhi Muslim 75%, other (includes Sunni Muslim, Shia Muslim, Hindu) 25%

Languages

Arabic (official), English, Baluchi, Urdu, Indian dialects

Government type

monarchy

Independence

1650 (expulsion of the Portuguese)

National holiday

Birthday of Sultan QABOOS, 18 November (1940)

Chief of state

Sultan and Prime Minister QABOOS bin Said Al-Said (sultan since 23 July 1970 and prime minister since 23 July 1972); note - the monarch is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

Sultan and Prime Minister QABOOS bin Said Al-Said (sultan since 23 July 1970 and prime minister since 23 July 1972)

Internet country code

.om

Internet users

1.465 million (2009)

Airports

130 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Mina' Qabus, Salalah, Suhar

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