What makes this guide so special? This book is the product of many years of personal friendship between the authors and Omanis and their continuing fascination with this country. Together the authors present an insider\'s view of the country, with the attention to detail of an outside observer. The reader is immersed in the colorful history of the Sultanate, in a society characterized by diversity and tolerance, as well as its breathtaking natural beauty. In addition to general and historical information, there are detailed route suggestions to make the exploration of the Sultanate an unforgettable experience.
Oman, at the easternmost side of the Arabian peninsula, can look back on an ancestral state with continuity and rich cultural traditions, more than any other state in the region: for many centuries Oman was a seafaring and trading nation, even into the 19th Century, serving as the main link between the Far East, India, Persia, Africa and Europe. In this portrait of the country the authors describe the historical and cultural roots of the young state influenced by Islam, which is increasingly open in recent years by a progressive monarch of the world and promotes the development of the modern state, in accordance with old traditions. He also shows the present-day lives of Omanis in all its political, economic and social change: we are introduced carefully in a society characterized by diversity and tolerance.
In eight extensive tours, the diverse landscape, the fascinating wild mountains, deserts, wadis, and green oases are described, as well as the modern cities and the old markets. The capital, Muscat, the Hajjar Mountains, Batinah plain, Djalan province, Nizwa, Dhufar, Salalah and Musandam are presented in detail in this guide, which also takes into account the climatic, geographical and tourist features. Evocative color photographs give a vivid impression of the uniqueness of Oman and its people.
The last section, the \'Green Page -Gzip Kompressions,\' contains important current information, Travel Tips from A to Z, useful words & phrases, a historical timeline and a glossary