About Oman

The Sultanate of Oman (Oman) is an independent nation established in 1650 following liberation from Portuguese colonial rule. It is one of the founding members of the Council (GCC) states since 1981. The capital of Oman is Muscat, which is located in the north east of the country. Its neighboring states include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The country is a monarchy led by Sultan and Prime Minister Qaboos bin Said Al-Said who has been in power since 1970. Oman is home to a population of around 2.8-million people, of which 577,000 are non-nationals. The official language is Arabic.

The Sultanate of Oman, with a total land area of 309,500 sq.km, is the second largest country in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The country has been able to grow significantly in recent years with a GDP growing on average by more than 5% year on year from 2000-2009. With a growing population of 2.8 million people, Oman is faced with the challenge of providing improved quality of life and jobs to its citizens and residents. Located in the southern tip of Oman, Salalah with its population of 300,000 is a priority.

Salalah is the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman and is located on the southern coast of Oman (geographical coordinates 1717° 1" 3'N, 54° 4" 58'E). Serving as the capital of the southern province of Dhofar, Salalah is also the traditional stronghold and birthplace of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, also the Prime Minister of Oman.

Salalah boasts a rich history dating back millennia, and was the centre of the frankincense industry during antiquity. Today, the city is most well known as a thriving tourist destination along the shores of the Indian Ocean. Most importantly, it is also the gateway to the Arabian Peninsula for the rest of the world.

Ideally situated on the Arabian Peninsula and only seven hours away from half of the world’s population, the Sultanate of Oman welcome you.

Oman is a diverse nation that is rich in history and culture. It is blessed with a unique, natural and enviable beauty.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the Omani culture, visit listed World-Heritage sites, aromatic and colourful souqs, ancient forts and castles, museums, traditional villages, desert safaris; or relax at luxury seaside resorts and spas. And for the more adventurous, why not retrace the historic frankincense route, or perhaps try trekking, sailing, scuba diving or relax and unwind with whale watching.

Wherever you go, you will be most welcome.

For further information, visit Oman Ministry of Tourism.