The Sultanate of Oman is a country in the east of the Arabian Peninsula.
Comprising an area of 309,500 km ², Oman is bordered by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates , the Republic of Yemen, the Strait of Hormuz and the Arabian Sea .
The almost five million inhabitants live mainly in cities.
Approximately 75 % of the population are Ibadis.
The country's capital, Muscat, is a cosmopolitan city with modern infrastructure, thriving shops and high quality of health care and education.
Although the official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken.
Absolutist ruler Sultan Qaboos rules the country for 43 years. Although the Sultanate is an absolute monarchy, it has at the same time a constitution. The ministers appointed by the Sultan and the two national parliaments are only advisory. The case law is based on Omani law, the Sharia is applied only in isolated areas of life.
After the government takeover by Sultan Qaboos in 1970, Oman ended the policy of isolation and became in 1971 a member of the UN and the Arab League.
In subsequent years, diplomatic relations were established to other countries, for example, since 1973 diplomatic relations with Switzerland exist.
Since its foundation in 1982, Oman has been a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council and works closely with its members Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The focus of relations with countries outside the Arab world is in the field of economy. With Germany agreements on economic and industrial cooperation, investment promotion and air transport exist, although there are no bilateral cultural agreements.
The unit of currency in Oman is the Omani Rial ( usually abbreviated R.O. or OMR) to 1,000 baiza. It is pegged to the U.S. dollar. 1 Rial corresponds to about 2.50 euros and 1 euro 0.380 OMR.
Please inform yourself at the reception or in banks on the latest prices.
Since time immemorial, the Sultanate of Oman has inspired travelers with its exquisite landscapes, continuing traditions and proud heritage.
It is a country where the modern meets the beloved Omani culture that gives this jewel of the Middle East a unique charm.