Region: Southwest Asia
Area total: 309,501 km²
Coast line: Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman
With fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations and home to a unique underground ecosystem, Al Hoota cave is one of the most spectacular geological sights of Oman
Al Hoota Cave entrance
Set in beautiful gardens and with its own private beach, the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat, the Omani capital, offers the best in modern luxury hotel facilities.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the protohistoric site of Bat is part of the world's most complete collection of settlements and necropolises dating from the third millennium BC.
Chedi Muscat, 20 minutes north of the capital, is an exclusive beach resort in the traditional Omani architectural style.
The khanjar is a curved dagger, sharpened on both edges; it is carried in a decorated silver sheath and belt, particularly at official events, national festivals and weddings.
Sharqiya Sands desert camp is a luxury camp set among the red dunes of the desert of northeastern Oman.
Most Omani men wear the traditional dishdasha, and dancing plays an important part in the culture.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the Sultanate's main mosque and was inaugurated in 2001.
This country of contrasts, straddling between modernity and tradition, offers the perfect window into the Arab world.
The geometrical mosaics and intricate lace-like carvings of the Sabeekah Bint Alwy Mosque in Al Qurum are typical of Arab architecture.
The beautifully decorated domes and minaret of Al Zulfa Mosque in Seeb.