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OMAN, ARABIA JEWEL

OMAN, ARABIA JEWEL (76 photos) Send this reportage Send this reportage
Reclining in all the perfumes of Arabia, Oman is finally opening up to tourim, and for the better, as it offers the most fascinating landscapes of the Peninsula. Sand from the dunes and the beaches blends to take you to a country where tradition and modernity happily stand together.
© P. Géraud./TheReportage.com
Categories: Human & Ethnology, Mountain, Trekking, Tourism, Travel
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Oman has been developing fast under the aegis of Sultan Qabous since he assumed power in 1970. He has been running the oil manna to provide the country with modern infrastructures. School is free and mandatory. Hospitals have been built to ensure proper health care throughout the country.
On the edge of an emerald-green sea, a wide road is running along the 1060 mile long coast sprinkled with fishermen villages. In harbours, dhows are dozing, remembering the glorious times when Sinbad the Sailor would be prowling the Indian Oceanat their stem. Beautifully restored castles and fortresses seem to still protect lost mountain villages, while the ochre arising fromf the desert's infinity leads you to meet the Bedouins.
In Dhofar, close to the Yemen border, grows the Boswella Sacra, an incense tree whose resin has been providing the fragrance of many a religious ceremonies ever since the antiquity.
In the first century, Romans would call this part of the world Arabia felix, happy Arabia.
Monsoon rains provide green pastures where cows and dromedaries graze together. Amazing scenes beautifully illustrates this country graced with the talent to associate fertile lands, legends and modernity.