Oman is a quiet prosperous, modern and progressive Arab sultanate where life has settled into a quiet place in the Middle East. Little is heard of it in the modern world except as a peaceful land of rugged beauty and friendly people. It is ruled by a benevolent Sultan who since his reign began in 1970 has brought the country into the modern era with increased education, health care, business enterprise a moderate form of Islam, which quietly tolerates a closeted gay community. Prior to 1975 the country was distressed with internal tribal warfare. In the 18th century the Omani Sultanate territories stretched all the way from Pakistan to Tanzania.

 

 

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Oman -country map (photo credit: infoplease.com)
Oman -country map (photo credit: infoplease.com)
Oman national flag
Oman national flag
Omani boy (photo credit: cinderea.com)
Omani boy (photo credit: cinderea.com)
Oman - The Peloton Stage 3 of Tour of Oman
Oman - The Peloton Stage 3 of Tour of Oman 2011 (photo credit: desert bike race.jpg static3.kilu.net)
Oman - highway interchange (photo credit: omanet.com)
Oman - highway interchange (photo credit: omanet.com)
Omani boys (photo credit: mountainkingdoms.com)
Omani boys (photo credit: mountainkingdoms.com)
Oman - Muscat traffic roundabout (photo credit: galenfrysinger.com)
Oman - Muscat traffic roundabout (photo credit: galenfrysinger.com)
Oman - Muscat airport  (Photo by Rajesh Raghav/ITP Images)
Oman - Muscat airport (Photo by Rajesh Raghav/ITP Images)
Oman - combat aircraft
Oman - combat aircraft
Oman - interior of royal yacht
Oman - interior of royal yacht
Oman - Sultan in Iran
Oman - Sultan in Iran
Oman - Bedouin family (photo credit: travelwithachallenge.com)
Oman - Bedouin family (photo credit: travelwithachallenge.com)
Oman - Al Jabal Al Akhdar farms
Oman - Al Jabal Al Akhdar farms
Oman - Al Jabal Al Akhdar waterfall
Oman - Al Jabal Al Akhdar waterfall
Oman - Arabian leopard
Oman - Arabian leopard
Oman - Bandar Al Khayraan lake
Oman - Bandar Al Khayraan lake
Oman - Canyon river boat
Oman - Canyon river boat
Oman - Dolphins in the Arabian Sea
Oman - Dolphins in the Arabian Sea
Oman - Doqum beach
Oman - Doqum beach
Oman - Handsome guy (photo credit: James@Butterworth,me)
Oman - Handsome guy (photo credit: James@Butterworth,me)
Oman Sultan HM Qaboos bin Said Al Said (born 18
Oman Sultan HM Qaboos bin Said Al Said (born 18 November 1940) is the Sultan of Oman and its Dependencies. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970. He is the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Sa'idi dynasty.[
Oman - Kibaykib-Al Jaylah Towers
Oman - Kibaykib-Al Jaylah Towers
Oman National symbol
Oman National symbol
Oman - Muscat corniche along the Arabian Sea
Oman - Muscat corniche along the Arabian Sea
Oman - coastline near Muscat
Oman - coastline near Muscat
Oman - Muscat square and clock tower
Oman - Muscat square and clock tower
Oman - Muscat corniche along the Arabian Sea
Oman - Muscat corniche along the Arabian Sea
Oman - Muscat corniche along the Arabian Sea
Oman - Muscat corniche along the Arabian Sea
Oman - Muscat city center
Oman - Muscat city center
Oman - Muscat fast food shop
Oman - Muscat fast food shop
Oman - souk fruit vendors
Oman - souk fruit vendors
Oman - Muscat mosque at night
Oman - Muscat mosque at night
Oman - shopping mall
Oman - shopping mall
Oman - Muscat city
Oman - Muscat city
Oman - Muscat, Sultan's palace
Oman - Muscat, Sultan's palace
Oman - opera house
Oman - opera house
Oman - Muscat city overview
Oman - Muscat city overview
Oman - Muscat city overview with football stadium
Oman - Muscat city overview with football stadium
Oman - Muscat, Sultan's palace
Oman - Muscat, Sultan's palace
Oman - tiled mosque domes
Oman - tiled mosque domes
Oman - Muscat Toyota dealership
Oman - Muscat Toyota dealership
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque with flowers
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque with flowers
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque interior
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque interior
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque
Oman - Muscat, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Grand-Mosque
Oman - Muscat city gate
Oman - Muscat city gate
Oman - Nakhl Castle
Oman - Nakhl Castle
Oman - seaside camping (photo credit: National Geographic)
Oman - seaside camping (photo credit: National Geographic)
Oman - Muscat overview with Portuguese Castle
Oman - Muscat overview with Portuguese Castle
Oman - desert scene
Oman - desert scene
Oman - desert drive
Oman - desert drive
Oman - mosque
Oman - mosque
Oman - desert mountains (photo credit: National Geographic magazine)
Oman - desert mountains (photo credit: National Geographic magazine)
The ship's name is al Said and the length is
The ship's name is al Said and the length is about 508 ft (155 meters). Its owner is Sultan Qaboos who is an avid fan and promoter of classical music. His 120-member orchestra has a high reputation in the Middle East. Although initially trained by British professionals, the orchestra consists entirely of young Omanis who audition as children and grow up as members of the symphonic ensemble. They play locally and travel abroad with the sultan (although not to Saudi Arabia, because the orchestra mixes male and female musicians). Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin composed a work entitled 'Symphonic Impressions of Oman'. Such cultural innovations by the sultan have, however, been criticised as "just wasted money" because, as one Omani professional observed in 2001, "music diverts us from being serious about religion. (photo credit: www.vancouverinternationalboatshow.com/World's-largest-yachts.html)
Oman - Oman Airlines
Oman - Oman Airlines
Oman - dancers
Oman - dancers
Oman - women in traditional dress
Oman - women in traditional dress
Oman - camel race (photo credit: National Geographic magazine)
Oman - camel race (photo credit: National Geographic magazine)
Oman - henna tattoos for a wedding (photo credit: National Geographic
Oman - henna tattoos for a wedding (photo credit: National Geographic magazine)
Oman - man dressed in a dishdasha
Oman - man dressed in a dishdasha
Oman - woman with ceremonial headdress
Oman - woman with ceremonial headdress
Oman - modern girls
Oman - modern girls
Oman - man in dishdasha gown, muzzar turban and khanjar
Oman - man in dishdasha gown, muzzar turban and khanjar knife
Oman - Qurum beach
Oman - Qurum beach
Oman - Riyam Park
Oman - Riyam Park
Oman - Salala-Monsoon River
Oman - Salala-Monsoon River
Oman - man with his camel
Oman - man with his camel
Oman - students
Oman - students
Oman - wedding couple
Oman - wedding couple