Oman – O’man what a beautiful country! And I’m not just the one saying that. There are hundreds of testaments to the greatness of this fabulous destination. The national British newspaper The Telegraph is testifying to its virtue as a top destination, as is the well respected travel guide from the Lonely Planet. So get your credit card out and book a trip out there today if you can!
If you are a little confused as to its location, let us help you out: it’s on the Arabian Peninsula, between Africa and Iran, in one of the hottest parts of the world.
It has a population of around 4.5 million and is governed by a Sultan, who is the monarch absolute. This means that the Sultan is the Head of State and also runs the foreign affairs of the country and much of the country is governed by Sharia Law. Sharia law is made up from religious laws and traditions from Islam.
The language of Oman is Arabic for the most part and the population is made up of 1/3 to 1/4 expatriates.
It is these expatriates that this website is aimed at. We are here to give an overview of what Oman has to offer to the rest of the world coming to visit within its borders or coming to live there for work.
If you are looking to visit Oman from a European country like Belgium for example, you will find plenty of interesting things to see and do there.
Language barrier aside, you will find that Oman is now becoming more and more of a global nation, and so you won’t have to take a gamble on whether or not you will be able to communicate with the people there, as many of them are able to speak English and French very well.
In this website you will find valuable resources to help you navigate:
- The travel options from Belgium and and in and around Oman itself
- The top tourist destinations in Muscat and other cities
- The traditions and climate
- What to do and where to go
There are many countries in the world where it is hot of course: there are many places where there are beautiful beaches: there are many places with nice markets: but you will find that Oman has the lot.
OK, so there are certain aspects that take a bit of getting used to as a Westerner. Drinking is illegal unless in a licensed hotel or restaurant or at home with a licence issued by the Royal Oman Police. So too is gambling, because it in direct opposition to the rules and regulations set out in Islamic religious code. So despite free slots being prolific in many parts of the world, it is still not an accepted or legal form of leisure activity in Oman, as with a great deal of other Middle Eastern countries.
If you have any queries or concerns about travelling abroad to Oman, or to anywhere in the world for that matter, don’t forget that you can always consult the foreign office to check on specific requirements for entry.