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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.

CNN: February, 2015

Travelers and new residents are at once entranced and surprised by the beauty of Oman and its people.

It is becoming quietly popular among those who eschew the glittering skyscrapers of its neighbouring UAE, who have visited Jordan or Morocco, and who are looking for something off the beaten track. Oman has vast tracts unbeaten, from hostile desert to the far-flung Musandam Peninsula, whose shores are the palest blue.

Condé Nast Traveller: January, 2013

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.

NY Times: February, 2013

 Discover Oman 2013 Photo by Drew Turner class of 2015

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.

Washington Post:  May, 2013

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

The Guardian: April, 2013

Photo by: Debbie Pristi class of 2013

Here is how Oman ranks, according to the international experts:

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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 0.783, which gives the country a ranking of 56 (up from 84 in 2013) out of 187 countries with comparable data. This places Oman squarely in the UN’s category of High Human Development - well above the average for Arab League countries. 

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According to the UN Development Program’s report, Oman ranks in the top 10 for Human Resources Development in the Arab League nations. We landed 84th in the global standings covering 187 countries. This report lauds the significant advances made by Oman in a number of areas - notably, gender development, literacy, education, standard of living, and quality of life.

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The Global Peace Index consistently puts Oman in the top tier of the Middle East’s most peaceful countries. The 2014 GPi report puts us 74th of 162 countries. That’s way ahead of most nations, including the U.S., which ranks at 94. Factors considered include: level of respect for human rights, relations with neighboring countries, and political stability.

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We’re 6th out of 15 countries in the region. 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 2015’s Ease of Doing Business report positions Oman in the top 6 of the Middle Eastern and North African countries – and 66th of the 185 countries evaluated. A high ranking in this index indicates that the regulatory environment is conducive to the operation of businesses.

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The World Health Organization ranks Oman at number 8 of 191 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. 

 

 

 
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