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 credi...
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: galenfrysing...
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.co...
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 194...
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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 flow...
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...
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Oman - mosque
Oman - mosque...
Oman - desert mountains (photo credit: National Geographic magazine)
Oman - desert mountains (photo credit: National Geographic m...
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 (1...
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 magazin...
Oman - henna tattoos for a wedding (photo credit: National Geographic
Oman - henna tattoos for a wedding (photo credit: National G...
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 knif...
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...