Oman is one of the most famous desert countries in the world. It was once considered as one of the most underrated countries with almost zero tourism. But it’s now become a hot destination for independent travelers that want to go out and explore for themselves. It is one of the most peaceful countries in the Middle East that is full of marvelous natural wonders and architectural beauty. The Arabian culture of this country is considered as the most liberal and diverse that fascinates its visitors even more.
Oman is a small desert country that is situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is an Arab country and is officially known as the Sultanate of Oman. The country covers an area of about 309,501 per square kilometer and hosts a population of about 4.636 million inhabitants. The ancient culture of this Middle East country exudes a very different, unique, and exotic vibe from the rest of its neighboring countries. Oman also boasts many fascinating facts that most people don’t know much. This is why we have decided to make today’s article about this incredible nation that will highlight some fun facts about this country as well.
So with that, here are ten things you did not know about Oman.
The Country Is An Absolute Monarchy
Just like some of the other Arab countries, Oman is also an absolute monarchy. The nation hosts a monarch government where the Sultan is the head of state. However, the government of the country has full control of law, administration, and legislative jurisdiction. One of another astonishing factor about the monarchy system of Oman is that it has the longest-ruling royal family in the whole of Arabia. The reign of the Al Said family has been continuous for the past three centuries (1744 to be precise).
It Is One Of The Safest Countries Of Middle East
Because of terrorism, most of the Middle East countries have a negative effect on tourism. However, Oman is free from terrorism and is one of the safest countries in the world. In fact, according to the current report of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), the country came near last on the list, with a score of zero. This means it is one of the countries with the least terrorism in the world with no reports of terrorist attacks from the past few decades
It Has Women Only Markets
Besides being the safest country in the world with no crime rate and zero terrorism, Oman is also most reliable for solo women travelers. The nation even hosts many women-only markets where men are not allowed to go. These are also called souk and boast a variety of products from handicrafts to food items to jewelry.
Oldest Independent State
As we told you earlier that Oman hosts the most extensive monarchy system in the world. But besides this fact, it is also one of the oldest independent states in the world. Since the sixth century BC, the nation has been on the globe, becoming one of the Arab world’s most remote and traditional. The state was occupied by the international powers, who set up colonies in the sultanate. They were controlling the land, but in 1741, the nation realized self-rule and become the oldest independent state in the Arab World.
The Country Has The Greatest Ship Builders In The World
Oman is one of those ancient countries that is surrounded by water from three different directions; north, east, and south. The country host one of the longest coastline, and this is why the Omani nation is also known for building ships. In fact, the country has ship maker courses through its styles, but the city of Sur in eastern Oman is the most valued in this business.
It Has The Finest Breeders Of Arabian Horses
Along with the shipping industry, Oman is also known for hosting the unique horse breed in the world. The Omni breed horses are renowned all over the world and are very common. One of the most popular kinds of the country is purebred Arab horses, which is also one of the oldest in the world. People in this region rely on their livelihoods to raise and sell Arab horses and claim that the horse is the result of the strength, stamina, and control of their master.
The Nation Serve Coffee With Dates
One of the most common beverages of the nation is coffee, which is also called ‘Qahwa’ by the locals. However, one of the most striking things about the coffee culture is that it is served with dry dates. The nation is also the biggest producer of the most expensive years in the world.
It Has Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites
As one of the most ancient countries, Oman is home to some of the magnificent places in the world. The nation has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include Bahla Fort, the Sites of Bat, Al Khutm and Al-Ayn. The fourth and most impressive historical location is the outstanding Al Aflaj irrigation networks, which show 500 AD irrigation methods. Along with these four sites, there are many castles and forts in the country. The magnificent heritage of Oman is made up of over 500 fortresses, castles, and watchtowers, which are located in the frontier, around the seashore.
The Country Was Once Colonized By The Portuguese
In its long history, Oman has been conquered and colonized by the Portuguese. The first town they occupied was Muscat, which the current capital of the state. The Portuguese remained in the city for more than 143 years between 1507 and 1650. They were then expelled by the Ottoman Empire in 1651 when the country gained its independence from the foreign powers.
No Coca Cola In The Country
Although Coca Cola is one of the most famous beverages, yet you cannot find this in Oman. The only non-alcoholic beverage in this country is Pepsi. Besides Pepsi, Mountain Dew is also very popular here and is known as “Omani Alcohol.” However, being a Muslim country, alcoholic drinks are banned here. Only a non-Muslim or tourist can have a drink, but they must need a liquor license to buy alcohol in Oman. This liquor license is issued by the state police of Oman, which only allows them to buy 10% of their basic salary.