Oman is one of the best kept secrets in the Middle East, it is home to some 2.5 million indigenous people, and an expatriate community in excess of 0.5 million expatriates. Over 50% of the population lives in the capital Muscat.
The country has stunningly diverse scenery, some of the friendliest people in the world, and year round sunshine. Wherever you go you’re in for an adventure………..
You will discover 1,700 KM’s of beautiful pristine white beaches, vast deserts, and a climate in the mountains that is perfect for trekking.
Oman occupies the Southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, facing the Indus civilisation’s and open to the Indian Ocean, it and covers an area of around 300,000 square kilometres.
The country is one of the oldest nations of South Arabia, with settlements found to be dating back to the 3rd Millennium.
In 1749 Ahmed Bin Said, the first ruler of the present Al Busaid dynasty was elected Imam. Not long after, the Al Busaids adopted the title of Sultan; indeed they are one of the oldest ruling dynasties in the world today.
In 1856 upon the death of the Sultan; the empire was divided in two, to avoid inheritance quarrels and as a way of strengthening Omani power in East Africa. One son became Sultan of Zanzibar, and his descendants stayed there until the unification with Tanzania in 1964.
The other son was given the Sultanate of Oman; however the country was constantly disrupted by interior tribes who had independently elected their own Imam, the Imam of Nizwa. They eventually provoked a rebellion against the Sultan. With help from the British armed forces the rebels were finally quelled in 1959. The Sultan at that time Said Bin Taimur was strongly opposed to any foreign influence or change to the lifestyle of his people.
In 1965 the tribes in the South of the country started a rebellion against the Sultan; once again with the help of the British armed forces the rebellion was once again quelled. At the same time the Sultans son Qaboos took charge in a bloodless coup, his father spent his remaining years in England.
Starting virtually from scratch Sultan Qaboos has delivered an extraordinary modernisation of the country whilst retaining its rich historical and cultural heritage.