Oman - Useful information for your trip

Oman is a sultanate located in the Asian continent, it faces the Arabian Sea to the south-east and the Oman Gulf to the north-east.

Its territory is mainly characterized by deserts and mountains, that create natural barriers to its borders, but also plains and wide sweeps of dunes which form amazing landscapes, even if they do not host many vegetable species because of the drought, the strong irradiation and the unexpected variation of the temperature range. Therefore, the vegetation is divided into two main categories: the “rain plants” and the “water-retaining plants”. Among those, the Boswellia plant, or in other words the incense plant, is very important for the local culture. Indeed, it is used during religious celebrations and to produce an essential oil, which has tonic and energetic effects and prevents infections to the respiratory system.

On the other hand, the local fauna appears more diversified and heterogeneous. Many animal species are protected, such as monitor lizards, dharb, thar and antelopes. These natural beauties can be admired in the natural reserves, such as Al Saleel National Park. It extends over an area of 220 square kilometres and it is covered by acacias. Here, it is possible to observe Arabian gazelles, red fox and Egyptian eagles.

Oman has an arid tropical climate in the innermost areas, while moving to the coast, it becomes even muggier. Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy beautiful and amazing beaches, where to practice every kind of water sports. Among the most evocative beaches are As Sawadi, formed by several rocky islets; AlQurm, located in the heart of Muscat, also one of the most popular; and Ad Duqm, a long stretch of white sandy beach lapped by a crystal-clear sea. The waters of Oman are rich in marine flora and fauna, and represent a corner of paradise for those who love scuba diving.

Oman also provides several important points of cultural and artistic interest. Worth visiting are the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, an amazing example of modern Islamic architecture; Nizwa, a majestic fort designed to defend the city during the 18th century and Jabrin Fortress, one of the most wonderful and best preserved in Oman.

In conclusion, visiting Oman means to bump into an eclectic adventure. Everything in the country will leave visitors enraptured and fascinated.