Oman is an Arab country, located on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It contains a rich and varied history of trade, conquest and tradition, and some of the earliest recorded human settlements found on earth.
Oman quietly guards its historic sites, but they are there to be found. The country has Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites, newly-discovered and mostly on its eastern coast. A wonderfully complex Persian history – which includes the Achaemenids, Parthians and Sassanids – can be traced, prior to its development into its more well-known Muslim culture.
World Heritage Sites in Oman date back to 2000 BC, like Al Balid City, an important part of the Frankincense Trail. Some archaeological research confirms that the city's prosperity may date back to the Iron Age. Much of this city’s remains lie in Dhofar Governorate. Covering a rectangular area of 64 hectares, the ancient city was divided into three main sections – commercial, residential and a section devoted to services. There were also a mosque and a fort on the west side.
Oman has quietly continued to both grow and look to the future, as demonstrated by the modern perfection of the Grand Mosque, decreed open by the Sultan of Oman in 2001. From its great people to its natural beauty and surrounding peace, Oman is a great place to visit.