Life in Oman
Oman, also known as the ‘Sultanate of Oman’ is the gateway to the charming Arab world. This picturesque country lies on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula where the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea meet. Its strategic location has had many past empires vying for its lands during the ancient times, with the result that today it’s an interesting racial blend of Arab, African and Indian populations.
Though not as flashy as its neighbouring countries, Oman is like a breath of fresh air with its undulating treeless desert, its verdant coastal beauty, unspoilt landscape and spectacular mountain ranges. Run by a monarchy, Oman’s economy and infrastructure has been developing rapidly since the 1970’s; though it’s an oil-rich country like its neighbours, fishing and agriculture form the traditional way of life for the predominantly coastal population. Its capital, Muscat, commands spectacular views of the Gulf of Oman and is a charming blend of traditional and modern architecture. Though it was earlier famous for its frankincense and metalworking, today, it’s famous for its dazzling souks, great hospitality and amazing seafood.
The multi-racial population of Oman is increasing rapidly with the estimated populating in 2019 being around 5 million, a sharp increase from 2010, when it stood at 2.77 million. With greater focus on health, infant mortality rates are dropping sharply and life expectancy rising, with the average lifespan standing at 75 years. Half of the country’s population is also believed to be less than 30 years.
The climate in Oman is predominantly hot and dry in its interiors and humid in the coastal areas. Temperatures can reach 430C in the summer and a pleasant 170C in the winter. The city of Salalah towards the south has comparatively cooler weather, especially during the monsoon season when it comes alive with greenery.