Wattayah in Muscat, is the oldest human settlement and dates back to the Stone Age. Supposed to be around 10,000 years old, the archaeological remains consist of stone implements, animal bones,shells and fire hearths.
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A historic ruin in Oman
The Dhofar mountain range is the best habitat for Arabian leopards. The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List records the Arabian leopards as Critically Endangered.
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An Arabian leopard in the mountain range of Oman
Sumhuram was the port of Sabian kings and had a flourishing incense trade. The Sabian kings reigned in Sumhuram, Salalah, in the 13th century. Queen of Sheba belonged to the kingdom of Saba.
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Sumhuram an archaeological park that was once a flourishing port in Oman
Marco Polo and Ibn Battutah visited Qalhat in the 13th century and 14th century respectively. The ancient city of Qalhat in Sur was an important stop in the Indian Ocean trade network.
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The ruins of 13-century tomb of Bibi Maryam in Oman
Birds from three continents - Asia, Europe, and Africa - are found in Oman. A huge flock of migratory birds visits Oman during their seasonal journey. These birds often migrate from Europe and East Asia.
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A flock of flamingoes in Salalah Oman
The Burj Al Sahwa is the oldest monument in Oman.The Muscat Clock Tower or Renaissance Clock Tower, near Seeb Airport, was built in 1985 to commemorate Omans 25 years of Renaissance. It is considered as a National Monument.
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Burj Al Sahwa is the oldest monument in Oman
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is world's largest chandelier. It measures 14 meters and weighs 8.5 tons. It has a 24-carat gold plating and took more than four years to complete it.
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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque chandelier is world's largest chandelier
Jebel Shams, the Sun Mountain, is the highest point in Oman. With an elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level, it is the first place to receive sunrise in Oman.
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Jebel Shams is the highest point in Oman
The first public university in Oman is Sultan Qaboos University. It was found in 1986 on the 10th anniversary of Oman's National Day..
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A view of Sultan Qaboos University Oman
Zaad Al Rakeb is the first horse in Arabia and all the Arab progeny horses come from it. It belonged to the Uzd, the old members of the Arab Uzd tribe of Oman.
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Racers competing in a horse race contest in Oman
Oman's expatriate population comprises 45.5% of the country's total population. Experts say the increase in expatriates is a result of Oman's push to build mega infrastructure projects that need massive manpower.
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People gather to form the shape of Oman
Unique women-only souq in Ibra. In this unique Ibra souq, you can find the womenfolk engaged in selling and buying on all Wednesdays. Men are not allowed to trade here on this day.
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A unique women-only souq in Ibra
Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians dominated Oman until Islam came in the seventh century. These nations used Oman's strategic location to trade with the world.
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Oman was dominated by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians
The Ottoman Empire occupied Muscat between 1581 and 1888. An Ottoman fleet under Piri Reis attacked Old Muscat and plundered the town. They wanted to re-establish control over the Indian Ocean Trade.
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An Ottoman fleet attacked Old Muscat between 1581 and 1888
Oman's first written constitution the 'Basic Statutes of the States' was introduced in 1996. It guarantees rights within the framework of the Quranic and customary law. It is the pillar of the Omani legal system.
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The Basic Statutes forms the pillar of the Omani legal system

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