About Oman

Sultanate of Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is considered a hidden jewel at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.

Oman is a wonderful combination of ageless heritage and modern life. A place where one can explore a traditional souq in the morning, and attend a world-class show at the renowned Royal Opera House Muscat in the evening.

A large part of the Sultanate’s unique charm is the hospitality of the Omani people. It is common for visitors to be invited for Omani coffee and dates by locals when traveling through the country, an offer that should never be refused

Visitors and adventurers looking for a unique holiday experience will find that Oman has a lot to offer.

Hiking, scuba diving, fishing, kitesurfing and caving to name just a few. From tall mountains and deep gorges to water-filled wadis, endless beaches and some of the world’s most stunning desert landscapes, the diverse beauty of Oman is apparent in every part of the country.

Even when summer temperatures soar in the rest of the region, the Sultanate enjoys cooler temperatures in Dhofar and the mountain tops of the Al Hajar range, making it a one-of-a-kind holiday destination for visitors from around the world.

HEAD OF STATE: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said (since 1970)

AREA: 309,500 sq.km.

Neighboring COUNTRIES:
Yemen Arab Republic, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

POPULATION: 4,424,762.
The official language is Arabic. Islam is the official religion, but other religions are tolerated.

CAPITAL: Muscat

MAJOR CITIES: Salalah, Nizwa, Sur, Sohar

CURRENCY: Rial Omani (OR) of 1,000 baizas = US$2.60

NATIONAL DAY: 18th November

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 73.8 years

POPULATION GROWTH RATE: 2.7% (2017)
POPULATION DENSITY: 7.5

GOVERNMENT: A bicameral system.
The Council of Oman consists of the Consultation Council and the State Council.
The Consultation members are elected by the Omani citizens, and the State Council members are appointed by HM The Sultan.

TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 4 hours

Dhofar - Sultanate of Oman