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Oman: Where Even the Hotbed of Revolution is Chill

Less than a week ago, Oman's industrial port city of Sohar, 230 kilometers northwest of the capital Muscat, was a very different place. Riot police were firing...

Omani Oasis

Shangri-La Hotels' newest venture, Oman's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, shangri-la.com, is actually three distinct hotels in one—the Al Waha, the Al Bandar and...

Oman: Guardian of the Strait

Jaguar fighters in tight formation buzzed over crowned heads, proud Presidents and starchy ambassadors. From a hill overlooking the sports stadium, mounted...

Araby's Most Fabulous Destination

When British explorer Wilfred Thesiger traveled through Oman in the 1950s, he did it the hard way: an arduous crossing by camel of the sand-dune seas of the...

Short Cuts

WHALE OF A TIME Oman is the only Arab member of the International Whaling Commission, dedicated to the conservation of whales. The waters off the coast of Oman...

Web Crawling

Oman Online (exploreoman.com) KNOWLEDGE BAZAAR A veritable souk of information about the formerly isolated sultanate, this site offers succinct rundowns of...

Hot Spot

SOUK SCENTS Long before petroleum was discovered in the Middle East, Arab trade was dominated by incense, fragrant resins and perfume woods—and Oman, as the...

Travel: Oman, Arabia's Magic Kingdom

The sun rises like a fiery red ball from the blue-black depths of the Arabian Sea. As darkness retreats across the Hajar mountains, the barren landscape changes...

OMAN: Emerging from the Dark Ages

A young monarch struggles to overcome his country's medieval past The Sultanate of Oman, which means "peaceful land"in Arabic, is so remote that it has often...

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