Oman is quite an interesting country. While it is very dry, the people of Oman have found ways to make the desert come to life by desalinating water from the Indian Ocean. The result is a series of green areas mixed with the Arabian Desert and dry and rocky mountains of the interior. The people were also quite friendly. I found Muscat to be a refreshing, more traditional Arabian capital, than what we saw in the UAE.

Oman was populated by Arabs in the 9th century BCE. The population converted to Islam around the time of Mohammed in the 7th century CE. In the early 1500's the Portuguese occupied the area around the current capital of Muscat. In the mid-1600's the Ottoman Turks captured the area from the Portuguese holding it for nearly 100 years until Ahmad ibn Sa'id led a successful revolt that gave the Omani people their independence from foreign rulers. Shortly after independence, Oman conquered a large part of the North East Africa creating an empire that stretched from Southern Iran to northern Mozambique. The empire lasted until the mid-1800's. In 1970, Sultan Sa'id bin Taimur was overthrown by his son, Sultan Qabus Sa'id who has vastly modernized the country and the government, using oil money. In 1997, the Sultan gave woman the right to run for elected office. Sultan Qabus is a decedent of Ahmad ibn Sa'id.


Muscat 2013

Beautiful Muscat

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Images of the Great Mosque