Oman overlooks the Arabian Sea, Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. It controls the Strait of Hormuz, which is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, linking the Sea of Oman with the Arabian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz is a gateway to all ships coming from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.
Oman has modest oil reserves, ranking 25th globally. Nevertheless, in 2010 the UNDP ranked Oman as the most improved nation in the world in terms of development during the preceding 40 years. A significant portion of its economy is tourism and trade of fish, dates, industries and certain agricultural produce. This sets it apart from its neighbors’ solely oil-dependent economy.
Oman's history tells stories of heroism, courage, wisdom, patriotism, love and devotion to the mother land. This brings us closer to understanding the richness of the Omani cultural experience, which has contributed to the building of modern Oman.
Today Oman is a land of superlatives. It’s one of the cleanest countries in the world. With over 1700 km of beautiful beaches, landscaped highways, dramatic scenery, forts and palaces, wadis and mountains and the endless dunes of the Empty Quarter; Oman is rightly considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Like the diversity of its environment and terrain, Omani People differ as well. The desert dwellers’ features are different from those of the mountain dwellers, and the features of the urban population are different from the agrarian communities in remote villages.
However, the one common characteristic of every Omani is a broad, welcoming smile. Oman’s legendary hospitality is embodied in the generosity of its people across the country, whether it be the aromatic Omani Coffee offered to visitors or the laden palm trees that welcome anyone who wishes to taste their fruit.