50 Fascinating Facts about Oman

One of the liveliest cultures in the history of humanity, Oman emanates a unique, different, and exotic vibe from the rest. With evidence of human civilization uncovered, which stretches back to numerous centuries, humanity has developed its roots from this particular region for 8,000 years. To add to this, Oman became the oldest Arab state created in the Arabian Peninsula.<br /> When it was a monarchy, Oman was strategically positioned and surrounded by a landscape that worked as a natural barrier against invaders. The only route to approach Oman was crossing via a pass that operated as a funnel and provided Oman with the upper hand. It was a castle that was impenetrable whose fortifications couldn't be broken or tampered with. Oman became the center of power over the years, which maintained a significant role in shipping spices and products by making Muscat an essential port.

Fascinating Facts

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The trade-in fish, dates, various agricultural goods, and tourism account for a sizable section of Oman's economy. At the same time, its neighbors (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen) have economies that are entirely reliant on oil.
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Oman is one of the world's oldest human settlements. Since 1744, the Omani Al Said Family has been in charge of Oman's government. Until the 1970s, it was one of the most isolated and conservative countries in the Arab world. Humans have existed in Oman for more than 106,000 years, making it one of the oldest human-occupied countries on the planet.
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The Al Said dynasty is Arabia's longest-ruling royal family, having ruled continuously for three centuries.
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It is also the Arab world's oldest autonomous state.
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When the Portuguese entered the Indian Ocean commerce, they desired Muscat's port and ruled Oman for over 150 years until local tribespeople pushed them out in 1650.
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Surrounded by a profusion of white-washed buildings and residences, one is sure to become perplexed as to which neighborhood they are in.
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At his demise, Oman's Sultan Qaboos Bin Said was the Middle East's longest-serving king.
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The present governing family, the Al-Said, came to power in 1749, even though Oman briefly separated in 1913, with religious Imams dominating the interior and Sultans ruling Muscat's coast and modern capital city.
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The Omani position on the list of oil exporters is exceptionally high. It is perched above a massive oil reservoir that is certain to endure several millennia.
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Around 75% of Oman's population is Muslim.
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Being a superb shipbuilder runs through the veins of an Omani. They are well-known for their ability to construct ships withstood the test of time and bore witness to their mastery of this technique.
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Oman is one of the safest and most secure countries in the Arab World, according to the Global Terrorism Index.
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ultan Qaboos University, Oman's first university, was inaugurated in 1986.
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Oman has had a close relationship with the United States for more than 200 years, and Oman was the first Arab country to acknowledge the United States as an independent nation. During their terms in office, former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton both visited Oman.
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Like the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is extremely rich in oil, which explains why its oil exports are so high.
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The critically endangered Arabian Oryx is a white antelope with a distinctive shoulder bulge, long straight horns, and a tufted tail. They are the country's national animal, and some well-known Omani petrol stations have their name.
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According to the 2014 census, expatriates make up 43.7 percent of Oman's overall population.
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Oman was the only Gulf Cooperation Council member to condemn Saudi Arabia's engagement in Yemen's civil war.
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In comparison to other nations, obtaining a visa for Oman is relatively straightforward. While you might obtain one upon arrival, you will need to order one online in advance.
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The Arabian or Arab horse is a rare breed that originated in the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the world's oldest breeds.
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The enormous volume of oil exported is one of the primary reasons for the country's economic stability.
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The country's formal name is the Sultanate of Oman.
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Oman is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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The affection of a typical Omani for mountain dew has no boundaries. With consumers willing to travel to any length for this carbonated beverage, this beverage has a monopolized market with no competitors.
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Oman has a literacy rate of 91.1 percent.
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In Oman, violent crime is virtually non-existent. According to the United States State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, violent crime in Oman is "very rare" compared to other countries.
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It is the world's 70th biggest country by area, with 309,500 square kilometers.
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In Oman, purchasing alcohol requires a police-issued license.
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Take a stroll around the streets of Oman, and you will not see a single person honking excessively.
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In Oman, a city named 'Bahla' is recognized as the pottery capital.
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As of 2002, all Omani nationals can vote in the Consultative Assembly of Oman, the Omani legislature's lower chamber.
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Muscat is Oman's capital and most significant metropolitan area.
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The beverage Qahwa is required to be provided to all guests upon their arrival at one's home.
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Oman is home to birds from three continents: Asia, Europe, and Africa.
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Oman has been dubbed 'the world's best-kept birding secret.'
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Before 1970, Oman lacked hotels. Hundreds of magnificent hotels have been developed since the late 1980s when the government opened the country to tourists.
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At approximately 3,000 meters (9,800 ft.) above sea level, Jebel Shams is Oman's highest peak.
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Oman is one of the few nations where frankincense trees are naturally growing, particularly in the south.
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Omani hotels have redefined luxury and are world-renowned for their service excellence.
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Muscat Clock Tower is the country's oldest monument.
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Oman's tourism business is thriving. According to the most recent available statistics, 2.1 million tourists visited Oman in 2013. The majority of the tourists (202,000) originated in Europe.
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Oman's coastline spans over 3,165 kilometers (1,967 miles) and includes beaches with views of the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Straits of Hormuz in the north.
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Green turtles go to Ras Al Jinz beach regularly to deposit their eggs. Special excursions are scheduled to watch this one-of-a-kind procedure, which occurs before daybreak.
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If you ask an equestrian which breed they most desire, the response is undoubtedly the Omani breed. Omani horses are renowned for their extraordinary speed, endurance, and stamina.
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Oman's national emblem is a pair of crossed Khanjars. Additionally, this emblem appears on the national flag and several official logos. It is a representation of masculinity and bravery. If you're interested in purchasing one, a genuine khanjar will cost around OMR 500.
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The winter months are an adequate time to visit Oman. Summers are scorching, while winters have a Mediterranean-like climate.
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Oman's proven petroleum reserves comprise around 5.5 billion barrels, ranking it 25th globally.
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Nearly every Omani home features an ornate or individually adorned entrance. A stroll down an Omani street is a pleasurable experience and an excellent opportunity to take in the country's architecture.
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As the monarchy that it was, Oman had well-positioned defenses in the shape of castles and forts. These forts were positioned around the border and along the coastline to counter land- or sea-based attacks.
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Oman's primary exports are oil and gas, with copper being exported in small quantities.

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