We love Oman. Don’t just take our word for it!
“Oman defies expectations. I shouldn’t according to the cruel logic of the world, exist - but it does, and it’s incredible.” These words from Anthony Bourdain, world renowned chef and host of culinary and cultural adventure programs. See what he’s talking about here:
Conde Nast, Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet… They all extol the virtues of visiting Oman. Imagine living here!
Oman is in the top 15 places to live… ANYWHERE!
The HSBC Expat Explorer is the world’s largest and longest-running study of expat life. Polling more than 27,500 expats about their experience abroad, Oman placed in the top 15! That’s up three from last year, and coming in well above the U.S. and its position in the 27th spot.
Beyond Muscat: 9 reasons to visit Oman
Oman is opening to tourism, and some of its greatest treasures are found only a day or so away from the capital.
Here’s a pick of highlights when touring one of the top destinations for 2015.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! See what the UK’s Sunday Times has to say about our singularly magnificent corner of the world…
Dunes and Drama on a Drive Through Oman
An expanse of desert about the size of New Mexico at the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman, population three million, is safe and friendly, its roads beautiful and empty. Best known for centuries-old forts, frankincense and the careful stewardship of its heritage, Oman holds two aces for aficionados of the open road: sizable portions of the Empty Quarter (the 250,000-square-mile region that is the world’s largest sand desert) and a braid of highway that traces the country’s desolate southern coast all the way to Yemen.
Oh, Man! Living the High Life in Oman
Oman, which sits on the toe of the Arabian Peninsula, was a compromise. A safe and stable country that barely flickered during the ferment of the Arab Spring, it promised to be a relaxing place for a first family sojourn. But it also presented the opportunity to explore a relatively new and increasingly popular destination with grand ambitions. The Tourism Ministry’s target of enticing 12 million tourists a year by 2020 would put it in Egypt territory, big dreams for a state of 3 million people that many would struggle to identify on the map.
Flaming Dune: An Epic 10-day Tour of Oman
Grand canyons, ancient castles, and wild-camping in the desert. Explorer Kari Herbert enjoys a thrilling taste of Arabia on a new grand tour of Oman’s beautiful landscapes
Here is how Oman ranks, according to the international experts:
The UN’s Human Development Index (HDI) represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income. Oman’s HDI is 0.796, which gives the country a ranking of 52 (up from 56 in 2014) out of 188 countries with comparable data. This places Oman squarely near the top of the UN’s category of High Human Development - well above the average for countries in Arab states.
The World Economic Forum (live link: http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2017/ranking/ ), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It is an independent, impartial, not-for-profit organization that includes in its mission a commitment to improving the state of the world. According to the the WEF’s 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitive Index, Oman ranks in the top 2 for Safety and Security among Middle Eastern countries.
The Global Peace Index consistently puts Oman in the top tier of the Middle East’s most peaceful countries. The 2017 GPi report puts us 70th of 163 countries. That’s way ahead of most nations, including the U.S., which ranks at 114. Factors considered include: level of respect for human rights, relations with neighboring countries, and political stability.
In 2017’s Global Index of Economic Freedom, Oman places 82 out of 180 world nations. That makes us above average! Oman’s ranking among Middle Eastern countries is cited in the Global Index of Economic Freedom, developed by the Heritage Foundation in partnership (and published by) The Wall Street Journal. The freedom score is graded on Oman’s business, trade, labor, property rights and investment practices.
Doing Business 2017’s Ease of Doing Business report positions Oman in the top 3 of the Middle Eastern and North African countries – and 66th of the 190 countries evaluated. A high ranking in this index indicates that the regulatory environment is conducive to the operation of businesses.
The World Health Organization ranks Oman at number 8 of 190 countries - a ranking well ahead of North America, the UK and Australia. Under the auspices of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the country’s health system has improved by leaps and bounds. WHO is Oman’s major health partner and plays a critical role in extending technical assistance to health programs and in brokering health partnership in the country.