Some interesting things that you might not know about Oman

(Picture: Overlooking Muscat, Oman's capital city)

Oman is a Middle Eastern country that has so much to offer, and while you may know that it has kilometres of beautiful beaches – 1,700km in fact! - and picturesque sand dunes, there is still an aura of mystery surrounding it.

So, here are some interesting things that you might not know about Oman.

  • Oman’s expatriate population compromises 45.5% of the country’s total population according to 2016 figures published by Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCIS).
  • Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world and have been self-governing since 1741.Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said (Oman's Ruler)

  • Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said (pictured) has led Oman since 1970 after taking over from his father. Qaboos is the 14th member of his family to rule the country – the Said al Said’s have been in power since 1741. Qaboo’s 46 years in power makes him the longest reigning head of state in the Arab world.
  • Oman’s ancient city of Al Wattih is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back some 10,000 years!
  • The official name of the country was changed in 1970 from the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman to the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Numerous Portuguese forts are scattered throughout Oman that are remnants of more than a century of colonisation.
  • The name Oman is believed to have originated from the Arab tribes that immigrated to the area from the Uman region in Yemen.
  • The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the grandest Mosque in Oman (pictured below) was built from 300,000 tons of Indian sandstone and its construction took six years and four months. For a virtual tour, visit or click the image below. 

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

  • Muscat Clock TowerMuscat Clock Tower (pictured) is the oldest monument in Oman.
  • Oman and the British have a long history of friendship with the first signing, a Treaty of Friendship, in 1798.
  • Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman’s ruler, introduced the “Basic Statues of the States” in 1996, the country’s first written constitution.
  • Since the 1970’s, Oman has tried to maintain positive foreign relations with all major regional and international governments – somethings functioning as a negotiator between rival powers.
  • Tourism is the fastest growing sector of Oman’s economy.
  • Tipping is not usual practice in Oman, nor is it encouraged.
  • Although the country is largely desert, the southern part of Oman erupts in greenery during the rainy season (Khareef). In Salalah a festival is held each year at the beginning of the season

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