Dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches, hospitable people and a capital steeped in history, make Oman a popular tourist destination. The golden desert that stretches across the Arabian Peninsula is intersected in Oman by oases and wadis, where the date clusters hang heavily from green palm trees. The capital Muscat is beautifully situated where the mountains meet the coast, and attracts with countless historic forts and chaotic markets with a real thousand and one night atmosphere. Visit campingship for Oman Culture And Traditions.
Population: 3.3 million
Oman is a sultanate led by the rather autocratic Sultan Qabus. Qabus is European-oriented and has implemented social reforms that have led to an explosive behavior of schools and a reduction in illiteracy and child mortality. Until the 1960s, the population supported itself as nomadic livestock keepers, but after extensive oil discoveries, the country is now one of the Middle East’s major oil-producing states.
The Sultanate’s mountains, deserts and oases are populated by leopards, gazelles and desert foxes, which, however, must share the land with its two and a half million inhabitants. Most of them are Muslims, although this similar story has not brought peace and quiet to Oman’s long history. Three quarters of the Muslim population belong to the Ibadite sect, while the rest are Sunni Muslims, which used to be a rather threatening cocktail.
Traveling to Oman
A trip to Oman involves camel rides, rolling, red sand dunes and hospitable Omani who offer dates and strong Arabic coffee. The beautiful old capital Muscat is also a must during the trip. Muscat leans towards a 2000-year history and is full of old forts from the 16th to the 16th centuries when the cities were under Portuguese rule. Mutrah Fort, Jalali Fort and Mirani Fort in particular, along with the Grand Mosque, are some of Muscat’s highlights. The legendary market Muttrah Souk, where men in long white coats and the characteristic red and white shamaal on their heads try to buy and sell spices, exotic tea and gold jewelery at the best price, also helps to make a holiday in Oman a memorable experience.
Climate and weather Oman
Here you get information about climate and weather in Oman. See, among other things, temperatures for the capital Muscat.
Oman is the southeastern tip of the Rub’al Khali Desert, which with its endless, barren sandbanks chases the courage out of the strongest of plants. Oman does not surprisingly have an extremely hot and dry climate. In summer, the average temperature is around 30 degrees, while winter temperatures can go as low as 23 degrees. In the Djebel al-Akhdar mountain range in the north, temperatures are slightly cooler and precipitation slightly more abundant. The outermost coastal strip to the northeast boasts a fertile coastal environment before the fine-grained sandy beach meets the Gulf of Oman.