Country & People

Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have always been part of the natural biodiversity of the region and have an ancient symbiotic relationship with the coastal lands of Oman. Today however these marine mammals are acutely threatened with extinction and are protected worldwide....

 

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Camels in Oman

The Arabian camel is the undisputed favorite animal of the populations of the Arab world and, strictly speaking, it is called a Dromedary Camel or Camelus Dromedarius. The one-humped Camelus Dromedarius differs quite clearly from its two humped cousin, the Bactrian Camel...

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Oryx

In the animal kingdom, the rare Oryx antelope belongs to the subfamily of horse goats and thus forms its own genus. Its natural habitat includes semi-arid and arid landscapes, such as those found on the Arabian Peninsula. Thus Oman is part of the original habitat of the Oryx antelopes...

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Birds in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman does not appear to be a paradise for birds at first sight. The very hot and dry country is, however a real “insider tip” for Ornithologists and birdwatchers. The geological diversity and the favorable geographical location are used by many birds as a habitat or as a resting place during their migrations...

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Whales and dolphins

In the underwater world along the Omani coasts of the Indian Ocean, from the northern region of Musandam to the southern region of Dhofar, there is a large variety of whales. The water world is filled with not only different types of whales but also dolphins and porpoises...

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History: Antiquity

Despite the extremely dry desert climate, the Arabian Peninsula has been an important settlement area for mankind since the days of antiquity. Even in the third millennium BC, the eastern Arabian Peninsula was populated by the Bronze Age Umm-an-Nar culture whose territory stretched from today's United Arab Emirates to northern Oman. The most important trading partners of this early culture were the Sumerians, as well as the Indus culture, still in existence in today's Pakistan.

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History: Contemporary

The entry of Oman into modern times began late, historically speaking, with the deposition of the Sultan of Oman by his son Qaboos bin Said al Said in 1970. The new Sultan led Oman away from the closed society which his father had practiced and still directs the destiny of the country....

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History Modern Times

The modern era of Oman was initially dominated by the influence of Portuguese conquerors. With their arrival in the region around 1500, the Portuguese began to build smaller settlements, which were exemplary and part of their expansion strategy in the Middle East. But as elsewhere, it was difficult for the Portuguese to establish themselves in Oman in the long term...

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History: Oman in the Early Days

The early history of Oman is mainly characterized by the advent of Islam. Muslim Arabs conquered the territory of present-day Oman in 630 A.D., accompanied by the Prophet's Companion Amr bin al-As, and made it part of the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphate...

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Tourism in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman, which is located on the Arabian Peninsula, has a tourist sector which continues to grow steadily. The tourism concept pursued in Oman differs fundamentally from that of neighboring countries, such as the United Arab Emirates. ..

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Bulls of Batina

The Batina Plain is a 250 km long coastal section in the north of Oman. In the north, the region borders the Emirate of Fujairah and in the south the Governorate of Muscat. It is the fruit bowl of the Sultanate, with a major agricultural branch for the production of dates, mangos, bananas or tomatoes. The Governorate of Shamal al-Batina is the second-most populated region of Oman with some 1.2 million inhabitants...

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Animals in Oman

The wildlife of the Sultanate of Oman is extremely diverse and includes rare species that are endemic only to the Arabian Peninsula. The special geographic conditions of the country offer a variety of animal species a home. Despite the hot and usually very dry climate, there are heterogeneous habitats in the deserts, mountains, valleys, coastal plains or the sea...

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Water temperature in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is located in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula and its 2000-kilometer-long coast is bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, with the coast being divided into two major sections. Along its long sea coast, Oman is dominated by the influence of the prevailing trade winds, as well as the Indian monsoons...

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