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Oman
The Sultanate of Oman is the third largest country in the Arabian Peninsula and lies at the crossroads of three continents and four Oceans. It diverse and often monumental landscape has been formed over 800 million years, and this often described as a geological museum. Oman has a unique climate in summer, when other parts of Oman and Arabia suffer the hottest period Dhofar, in southern Oman, experiences the khareef or monsoon, that turns the arid landscape green and cools the temperature. The sultanate comprises of several different regions, each with their own cultural traditions and heritage.

Throughout its long and colorful history Oman has maintained its independence, except for relatively short periods of occupation by the Persians and Portuguese in some area.

Oman has one of the oldest ruling dynasties in the area dating back to 1744 when Ahmed bin Said was elected imam. One of its most famous rulers was Sultan Said bin Sultan, also known as Said the great, who increased Oman's maritime possessions, encouraged trade and established important diplomatic relationship with the USA and Europe. His great grandson, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said set a new chapter of Oman's history when he acceded the throne in 1970 and launched Oman's renaissance. His majesty is the founder of modern Oman and his distinguished achievements have been recognized through numerous international awards.

Oman has an ancient history, shrouded in legend and antiquity. It was connected to the major civilizations of the ancient world and played a role in transforming global history over 5000 years ago. It is believed to be the copper rich city of Magan-lauded in Mesopotamian texts of the 3rd millennium BC that detailed the earliest long listed trade routes between ancient countries now known as Oman, Iraq, Iran, Bahrain and India.

To this day Oman is one of the very few countries able to grow the best quality frankincense, which was an extremely popular, multipurpose commodity in the ancient world. Ancient western markets simply could not get enough of it and the Romans valued it in gold. It is a cleansing, purifying and refreshing perfume, incense, deodorant and medicine that have made its way around the world bringing great wealth to the region and is associated with the fabled city of UBAR and the legendary Queen of Sheba.

While Omani sailors harnessed the monsoon winds to reach distant ports, on land its farmers harnessed water to develop life sustaining agriculture, adapting to a harsh and often formidable environment. For at least 5000 years Omanis have built settlements on remote mountaintops and in deep valleys, desolate deserts and along its long coast line. These ancient oasis settlements embody the essence of Arabia's past and are the result of determined efforts by a resourceful people to adapt to a diverse, often harsh environment.

Other vestiges of Oman's past are its forts, castles and watch towers, which number over a thousand that stand as bastions of days gone by. Each played a key role in the country's history and once served as points of convergence for political, social and religious interaction; they were at the heart of major oasis settlements and were often centers for learning, administration and community activity.

Oman embraced Islam in 630AD and its people have been documented historically as virtuous in their belief, yet tolerant and open in their approach to foreigners. Omanis consist of a diverse Arab society with many cultural traditions and are known for their hospitality and openness.

Whether Trekking or off road in a four wheel drive, going underground in spectacular caves, sailing over waters or diving beneath them; no matter what your destination within Oman, it is a paradise for residents and visitors alike.

We at Misfar tourism along with our most expert desert, historical or even wadi guides promises you a pleasant memorable Safari in Oman. Striving on profesianality and perfection we at Misfar Tourism welcome you to a panoramic Oman.