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Hidden treasure With a History dating right back to 3,000 BC, Oman’s unspoilt land could tell a thousand tales. It was the birthplace of the Queen of Sheba. the last resting place of Prophet Job and the home and port of the famous adventurer, Sinbad the Sailor. So it is no wonder that the Sultanate has such on abundance of hidden treasure- From the grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs of the capital Muscat, to the undulating dunes. Fresh water wadis and miles upon miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. Oman is just waiting to be discovered.

Muscat Governorate is considered the pulsating heart of Oman. It is linked to Port Sultan Qaboos by Muttrah Corniche where the visitor to Muscat can view the wonderful variety of nature: golden beaches, mountainous heights, and golden sand dunes (Bawshar Sands). Perhaps what is striking about Muscat Governorate and its states is the breathtaking intermingling of ancient cultural heritage and modern style.

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You will see houses, gates, old markets, small shops, and winding roads redolent of authentic history, side by side with modern markets, shops, buildings, and streets stamped with modern architecture. This allows Oman to preserve its historic character, and at the same time enjoying its contemporary spirit. Muscat is renowned as one of the cleanest Arab capitals, and has gained the honour of winning the Cleanest Arab City Contest several consecutive times. Muscat as a city has played a prominent historical role due to its strategic location. Muscat Governorate Wilayt are: Muscat, Mutrah, Bawshar, Al Seeb, Qurayyat, and Al Amirat.

Official Name : Sultanate of Oman
Head of State: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said (since 1970)
Currency : (O.R): OMANI RIALS. (1US$=0,384 O.R ; 1Euro= 0,594 O.R JUIN 08) N.B: O.R
Capital : Muscat
Main Cities : Nizwa, Sur,Izwa, Sur, Salalah, Sohar
Population : Total Population is 2,694,094 including742,994 expatriates (27.6%) and 1,951,100 Omanis
( 72.4% ) as per preliminary results of the GeneralCensus 2010 data
Total Surface : 309,500 Km 2.
Neighbouring Countries: Yemen Arab Republic, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

GMT + 4 hour


ARABIC is the native Language of the country. However, English is widely spoken (as a second native language). Those involved in tourism speak German & French.

Credit Card currently used
Visa, Master Card, American Express… All major credit cards are accepted in main hotels, stores, and most shops but in traditional souks, cash is the most preferred means for transaction.

Public Holidays
Renaissance Day (1day): 23 July
National Day: 18 November

Visa: Citizens of over 60 countries may obtain visit Visas valid for one-month stay on arrival.
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