Ten fun facts about Oman


Fact 1
Oman is the capital of Muscat and the country’s largest city. It is officially known as the “Sultanate of Oman.

Fact 2
The official language of Omanis Arabic though English, Baluchi, Urdu, Hindi and other dialects are also spoken. Omani Arab is the main ethnic group in Oman followed by Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi.

Fact 3
The climate is dry desert, hot, humid along the coast and hot dry interior with strong southwest summer monsoons in the far south (from May to September).


Fact 4
Oman follows the system of “Absolute Monarchy’. Oman gained independence from the Portuguese Empire in 1651.

Fact 5
The official religion of Oman is Islam (Ibadi Muslims) The Shia and Sunni Muslims, Hindus and Christians also reside in Oman.

Fact 6
The currency is the Omani Riyal.

Fact 7
Perfume is made from the ‘myrtus communis’ or ‘yas’ shrub found in Oman.

Fact 8
Oman is traditionally known for breeding horses. The date palm is considered the most important crop in Oman.

Fact 9
Oman exports petroleum, fish, metals and textiles. It imports machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, lubricants and livestock. Industries include crude oil production and refining, natural gas production and construction.

Fact 10
Frankincense and myrrh are popular purchases in the Dhofar region. It has historically been a centre for production and is widely available in all souqs in Oman.


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Is located on the southeast cost of the Arabian Peninsula bordering United Arab Emirates on the northwest, Saudi Arabia on the west and Yemen on the southwest


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Population
4,031,465

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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