OMAN: Our corner of the world
Our little corner of the world is situated in the southeastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. The Sultanate of Oman is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west, Yemen to the southwest, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the northwest. A country of vastly diverse landscapes, Oman is dominated by stark mountains and expansive deserts, and is punctuated with verdant oases, lagoons, and farmland. About 1700 km of coastline stretches from Musandam in the north â€“ known as the â€śNorway of Arabiaâ€ť for its fjords â€“ to the tropical greenery of the Dhofar region in the south. The capital city, Muscat, is home to 10% of Omanâ€™s total population of 3,500,000 - about 350,000 people. Of the countryâ€™s total residents, 76% are Omanis and 24% are expatriates.
For its size, Oman boasts an exceptional number of UNESCO classified World Heritage Sites, including Ras as Hadd, home of the rare green turtle, and the Bat tombs, which date back over 3,000 years.