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Oman is a Country in Southwest Asia

Aug 18, 2007
The Sultanate of Oman is a country in Southwest Asia, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders the United Arab Emirates in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west and Yemen in the southwest. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea in the south and east, and the Gulf of Oman in the northeast. The country also contains Madha, an enclave enclosed by the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave also separated by Emirati territory.

There are plenty of activities to do here.

Oman has a varied coastline over 1600 km long. There is a wealth of underwater flora, marine life and diving thrills awaiting the underwater explorer. Several companies specialising in diving services offer a complete range of diving courses, diving equipment and activities.

For serious and casual photographers there are photo opportunities galore stark majestic mountain ranges, serene sandy beaches, and lush green jungles all within a wink of a shutter. Wildlife, rustic villages, majestic forts, colourful natives there is inspiration everywhere. Best months for photography are November April in the early morning or late afternoon. Use of a UV and polarizing filter is recommended.

Rugged mountains, rising to 3,000 meters, amongst a maze of spurs, deep canyons and towering cliffs. Getting onto the mountain in a four wheel drive is easy. For the rock climber, every mountain face presents an enigmatic challenge.

Oman is an amazing place for exploration and discovery, especially by foot in its spectacular mountain scenery. The country is the best kept tourism secret of the Gulf region, if not the entire Middle East, having striking scenery, friendly people and year-round sunshine.

Camel racing is an exciting sport where camels and their owners congregate at racetracks around the country. Racing camels are bred for the track and are highly prized possessions.

Bull fighting is very popular in Oman but it is a far cry from the Spanish variety. In this instance two Brahmin bulls of the same size are pitted against each other. The first one to get knocked down or run away is declared the loser. The fight lasts only for a few minutes and the bulls suffer no injury except perhaps a wounded pride and a bad headache. Bull fighting usually takes place on Friday afternoons in the cooler winter months at arenas along the Batinah coast, notably in Seeb, Barka, Sawadi, and Sohar

Game fishing is now becoming very popular in Oman as would be anglers try their hand at bagging the big one. Species such as marlin and tuna are highly sought. The sport is affordable and Omani waters are abundant in the bait fish that attracts larger predators. The coasts off Sur and Masirah are especially suited for this unique sport.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Oman Rental Site
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