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OMAN - Landscape & People 2004

Capital: Muscat Religion: Islam, predominantly Ibadhi sect.
Government: Monarchy with a provisional legislature (the Majlis Ash Shura.)Head of State is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Area: The Sultanate encompasses an area of 300,000 sq kms.
Major industries: Oil, natural gas, agriculture, and fishing
Population: Approximately 2 million. Around 1.5 million are Omani nationals. The remaining are expatriates from India, Asia, other Arab countries, Europe and USA.
Climate: The country's climate is predominantly arid and varies slightly from one region to another. In the coastal areas, the weather is hot and humid during the summer months, while it is dry elsewhere in the interior. Milder weather dominates the mountains and Dhofar region all the year round. Winter temperatures can be as low as 15°Celsius and summer temperatures can be as high as 48° Celsius in Muscat and as high as 54° in the desert. Dhofar, located in the southernv region of the country however, enjoys a regular monsoon between June and October, every year.
Best Time to visit : Between October and April, when the weather is pleasantly warm in the day and cool in the evening. Temperature averages at 25-35 degrees centigrade during the day and dips to 17-19 degrees centigrade at night.
Culture: Like all the Arab countries, Arab Islamic Culture dominates the life style in the Sultanate.
National Dress: Men - dishdasha (robe),Kimah (cap),mussar (turban)Women - jallabia (dress), sirwall (trousers), thobe (overdress cloak, lahaf (head shawl), abaya (black cloak). Women generally leave their face and hands exposed, while in the desert, women of the Bedouin tribes wear a mask, called a "birqa."
Newly built house in Sur
Newly built house in Sur
Minaret in Nizwa
Minaret in Nizwa
Modern Communication - Old Land (Nizwa)
Modern Communication - Old Land (Nizwa)
Omani daggers
Omani daggers
Tunas near Mutrah fishmarket
Tunas near Mutrah fishmarket
Tunas near Mutrah fishmarket
Tunas near Mutrah fishmarket
Mutrah fishmarket
Mutrah fishmarket
Local provider - Muscat
Local provider - Muscat
Gold For Sale - Nizwa
Gold For Sale - Nizwa
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa Fort
Nizwa mosque
Nizwa mosque
School children visiting Nizwa Fort
School children visiting Nizwa Fort
Sewing machine reapirman - Nizwa
Sewing machine reapirman - Nizwa
Mother and son - Nizwa
Mother and son - Nizwa
Woman wearing traditional mask - Nizwa
Woman wearing traditional mask - Nizwa
Nizwan fastfood
Nizwan "fastfood"
Omani girl - Nizwa
Omani girl - Nizwa
Omani boy near Al Kamil
Omani boy near Al Kamil
Learning new technique
Learning new technique
Women walking in Muscat
Women walking in Muscat
Dhow - a traditional Arabic ship
Dhow - a traditional Arabic ship
Building dhows in Sur (SO Muscat)
Building dhows in Sur (SO Muscat)
Dhow shipyard in Sur
Dhow shipyard in Sur
Waiting for fellow fishermen - Sur Oman 2004
Waiting for fellow fishermen - Sur Oman 2004
Tuna overload!! Sur Oman 2004
Tuna overload!! Sur Oman 2004
Early morning at the beach in Sur
Early morning at the beach in Sur
Collecting the tuna catch
Collecting the tuna catch
Tuna fisherman - Sur
Tuna fisherman - Sur
Tunafish ready to be transported
Tunafish ready to be transported
Local mosque - Sur
Local mosque - Sur
Afternoon footballgame at the beach - Sur
Afternoon footballgame at the beach - Sur
Fishermen with speedboat
Fishermen with speedboat
Local tourists ouside Muscat
Local tourists ouside Muscat
Taking a mountain walk - Muscat
Taking a mountain walk - Muscat
My codriver - Madelene
My "codriver" - Madelene
Sultan Q`s mosque outside Muscat
Sultan Q`s mosque outside Muscat
Roadside building - The beautiful headquarters of Oman International Bank
Roadside building - The beautiful headquarters of Oman International Bank
Taking a haircut - Muscat
Taking a haircut - Muscat
Men gathering at the market place - Mutrah
Men gathering at the market place - Mutrah
Frankicense for sale - Muscat
Frankicense for sale - Muscat
One of many impressive roundabouts
One of many impressive roundabouts
Martin & Madelene in the middle of a huge roundabout (Old ship Sohar)
Martin & Madelene in the middle of a huge roundabout (Old ship Sohar)
Muscat suburbs
Muscat suburbs
Goatwalking - a dusty phenomenon
Goatwalking - a dusty phenomenon
Mothers with children at Muscat airport
Mothers with children at Muscat airport
Flying Oman Air Between Muscat and Salalah
Flying Oman Air Between Muscat and Salalah
Muslim graveyard - Salalah
Muslim graveyard - Salalah
Salalah City centre  - plenty of room....
Salalah City centre - plenty of room....
Omanian houses near Yemen border
Omanian houses near Yemen border
Mirbat (north of Salalah) - One of many Omanian Forts
Mirbat (north of Salalah) - One of many Omanian Forts
Khawr Rawri  near Salalah
Khawr Rawri near Salalah
Coastline near Salalah
Coastline near Salalah
Beach football att Salalah
Beach football att Salalah
Martin - helping hand (Gull photography near Khawr Rawri)
Martin - helping hand (Gull photography near Khawr Rawri)
Modern 4WD beach transportation
Modern 4WD beach transportation
Crabs - inhabitants of remote beaches
Crabs - inhabitants of remote beaches
Crab
Crab
Papaya  tree (Carica papaya)
Papaya tree (Carica papaya)
Papaya  tree (Carica papaya)
Papaya tree (Carica papaya)
Dhofar mouintain Landscape
Dhofar mouintain Landscape
Frankincense  tree (Boswellia)
Frankincense tree (Boswellia)
Boswellia trees in Dhofar Mountain - famous source of Frankincense
Boswellia trees in Dhofar Mountain - famous source of Frankincense
Boswellia trees in Dhofar Mountain - famous source of Frankincense
Boswellia trees in Dhofar Mountain - famous source of Frankincense
Baoba trees (Adansonia digitata) - Dhofar Mountains
Baoba trees (Adansonia digitata) - Dhofar Mountains
Martin getting a tree experience - Dhofar Mountains
Martin getting a tree experience - Dhofar Mountains
Martin rockclimbing near Wadi Darbat
Martin rockclimbing near Wadi Darbat
Eyn Hamran near Salalah
Eyn Hamran near Salalah
Road through Rub Al Khali (Empty quarter) with Fata Morgana
Road through Rub Al Khali (Empty quarter) with Fata Morgana
Road through Rub Al Khali (Empty quarter) with Fata Morgana
Road through Rub Al Khali (Empty quarter) with Fata Morgana
Martin at the desert hotel in Qatbit
Martin at the desert hotel in Qatbit
Muntasar oasis near South Arabian border
Muntasar oasis near South Arabian border
Muntasar
Muntasar
Muntasar Well - hot and rich of sulphur
Muntasar Well - hot and rich of sulphur
On the road to Muntasar Well close to South Arabian border
On the road to Muntasar Well close to South Arabian border
Muntasar
Muntasar
Martin & Madelene near the Muntasar Oasis
Martin & Madelene near the Muntasar Oasis
Don`t leave the road with a 2WD car !!!
Don`t leave the road with a 2WD car !!!
In the relaxed surroundings of Salalah
In the relaxed surroundings of Salalah
Salalah town
Salalah town
Goats for sale at Salalah City centre market
Goats for sale at Salalah City centre market
Please stay here !!
Please stay here !!
Old guns, ammo & daggers for sale at Salalah city centre market
Old guns, ammo & daggers for sale at Salalah city centre market
Omani man at market place
Omani man at market place
Everything you need to make your day.....
Everything you need to make your day.....
Traditional Omani restaurant in Salalah
Traditional Omani restaurant in Salalah
A room with a view......Sunset in the Indian Ocean
A room with a view......Sunset in the Indian Ocean