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Country with the aroma of incense. Oman

Oman has long been in the shadow of the tourist boom and glorified luxury of its neighbors – the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. But lately, the country has become increasingly popular for Europeans and lovers of distant wanderings from around the world. And just because it managed to retain its eastern identity, to refrain from chasing the scales that are not accessible to countries that are not so generously endowed with oil reserves. 

Oil in Oman is also of the best quality, it is the basis of its economy, which the sultan himself supervises, because the country is an absolute monarchy (sultanate). But in recent years, the aging Qaboos bin Said has become anxious about the future of the state, seeking to develop its other industries. During his 45-year reign, he managed to do a lot: roads, sea and air ports were built, an incredible economic leap was made that caused widespread love for the ruler. On the eve of his eighth dozen, the Sultan invites everyone to admire the fruits of his work, invites everyone …

Oman is not a place for mass recreation, but a quiet solitude, admiring the rich nature and incredibly clean starry sky. One of the common types of recreation for tourists is hiking with a tent. Although here are some of the most expensive hotels in the world. But Oman will unfold completely for those who are not used to sitting still. In a relatively short time, here you can see the fabulous valleys and the highest sand dunes in the world, unique mountains for the Arabian Peninsula and real fjords (because of them the country is sometimes called Arab Norway). The state is a place of pilgrimage for climbers, surfers and divers from all over the world. The underwater world here is not scared by crowds of tourists and strikes with beauty and wealth. On the coastal islands, their own offspring are left by giant turtles, dolphins are splashing along their shores, and a little further you can meet huge whales.

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Hospitality of local people has a special shade. Omances are alien to obsession, and they can perceive the distribution of tips as an insult. In general, Oman paradoxically combines tolerance to different cultures and respect for age-old traditions. In the epoch of its grandeur, the capital of Oman was located in what is now Somalia, now there is a significant proportion of people from India and Pakistan, apart from the indigenous Arab population, because of its central position between these regions. Photo gopomiru.ru

Oman is alien to excesses, all impudent and loud. It is for those who can appreciate the colors of nature, breathe in lively scents, enjoy the horizons, feel the contrasts and dissolve in the endless landscapes. This corner of the Arab world for the sensitive and subtle. Here, the oriental sophistication has an ancient meaning dictated by nature itself.

Interesting facts about Oman:

Oman has been a global supplier of incense since pre-biblical times. This wood resin is used not only for religious purposes, but also in the manufacture of perfumes. In 1983, Frenchman Guy Robert, by order of the Omani Sultan, created the perfume “Amouage”. The slogan of the perfumery house created later in Oman sounds like “The most expensive perfume in the world”. The price of oriental fragrance is about $ 500 for 50 ml, but it can be increased many times due to an exclusive bottle with a silver or gold coating, and sometimes also with the use of diamonds.

The territory of Oman over the centuries were controlled by the Portuguese. As a result, more than 500 of their forts appeared here. The fortress walls of one of them are the longest in the world – more than 11 kilometers. The fort is located in the town of Bahla at the foot of the mountains.

In the village of Nahal, near the capital Muscat, there is one of the oldest female mosques.

The largest carpet in the world is set up in the Sultan Qaboos mosque. Creation weighs more than 20 tons, and its area – 6 thousand square meters.

The extraordinarily picturesque beaches of Oman are in the public domain, it is forbidden to give the seashore into private hands. Photo otdihayu.ru

Each Omani on his 28th birthday receives land from the state not far from his place of residence. In these areas is under construction.

The flight to Oman from Europe takes only 4 hours. The visa of the United Arab Emirates operates here.

In the province of Dhofar in the southern part of the country it is impossible to meet dishes from poultry, here they are forbidden to use. Photo globustur.spb.ru

An integral part of the appearance of the Omanis is the dagger hanjar. It is worn in a characteristic sheath, curved by 90 degrees, the dagger itself is not curved so much. Khanjar is a national symbol and is depicted on the flag and coat of arms of Oman.

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