Oman

Key Country Facts

Population: 3.632 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

Oman is one of the main breeding places for the Arabian horse. People from all over the world buy Arabian horses from Oman!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Bimmah Sinkhole, Wahiba Sands

Other Information:

Top exports are crude petroleum, petroleum gas, refined petroleum, nitrogenous fertilizers, and acyclic alcohols.

Oman is a beautiful country nestled between the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea! About 3.632 million people live here (2013), and Oman is known for having very hospitable and friendly inhabitants. The capital is Muscat. The official language is Arabic and the main religion is a sect of Islam called Ibadism. Its top exports are crude petroleum, petroleum gas, refined petroleum, nitrogenous fertilizers, and acyclic alcohols. The time zone is 8 hours ahead of EST.

Travelers should visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, which is absolutely breathtaking in its design, both inside and outside. Not far outside Muscat, visitors can head to a small park built around the Bimmah Sinkhole, a natural body of beautiful, cool water that is free to visit and swim in. In contrast to these cool waters are the Wahiba Sands in the desert, a stunning place in nature where travelers can camp overnight, eat dinner under the desert stars, or even ride camels or even rent a 4×4 or an ATV and ride through the sands.

An interesting fact is that Mountain Dew is one of the best-selling drinks in Oman. It is illegal to drink alcohol or be drunk when in public, so many Omani people turn to drinking  Mountain Dew. Also commonly enjoyed is freshly made, delicious Arabic coffee served with dried dates in cafés.

Interested in racehorses? Oman is one of the main breeding places for the Arabian horse. People from all over the world buy Arabian horses from Oman, particularly for racing.

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