Among all the countries of the Middle East, Oman trudges a midway path between the traditional, commercial and the modern. The vast desolation that makes this country is all but an unexplored, unexploited territory. So if you love your sand dunes, lonely beaches and absolutely love anonymity, Oman offers you a lot of that vacuum, and more. There are nearly 3000 kilometres of beaches that cover the landscape and then there are mountains that would thrill any adventure-seeker. Oman is a wide expanse of space, just waiting to be discovered.
European powers have tried to muscle their influence over the land for decades. If one flips back to 17th century history, you will discover the Omani Sultanate was warding off British and Portuguese from capturing regions of Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. The sultanate also extended its influence over present day Tanzania, Iran and Pakistan when at its peak. It was on its decline that the sultanate was taken under United Kingdom. Presently, Oman is a monarchy governed by the Sultan.
Omani Arabic is the local language of the country, Balochi is the second-most preferred language. Bread, tender meat, a mix of spices and herbs to enhance the flavour, fish and mashed rice are important parts of the Omani cuisine.
Largely covered with deserts and mountains, Oman has refuge of the coast and its umpteen beaches too. Oman experiences a harsh summer and meagre rainfall, though the mountain areas receive more rain and sometimes, even snow. About three-quarters or 75% of the population is Muslim. Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Zoroastrians form the rest of the multi-ethnic population.
Among all the countries of the Middle East, Oman trudges a midway path between the traditional, commercial and the modern. The vast desolation that makes this country is all but an unexplored, unex...