The Sultanate of Oman enjoys a strategic location at the gateway of the Gulf, occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman has a vast wealth of natural resources, that support the continuous development of the country's infrastructure. This development is backed by the political stability of the country and peaceful regional and international relations.
The Sultanate is moving steadily and expeditiously in building a world-class transport network as an enabler to its economic growth. The Sultanate's infrastructure is continues to expand with numerous road, airport, railway and sea port projects being developed.
The vast weath of resources include oil, gas, metals, copper, luban and fisheries. Oil was first discovered in Oman in 1956, but the first commercial discovery was made in the Yibal field in 1962. This was followed by a number of other significant discoveries. However, Oman has realized that oil is a limited natural resource and has been working over the last 20 years to promote and develop non-oil sectors.
Some of the major cities of Oman are:-
Muscat is the capital of Oman and the financial center of the country. Some of the most famous landmarks in the city are the Royal Opera House, the heritage forts at Al Jalali and Mirani. The main oil port in Oman is Al Fahel in Muscat.
Sohar is located in the north of al Batina Governorate, 234 Km from Muscat. It has one the biggest industrial port in Oman. Wadi Aahin is the second biggest wadi in Oman and Sohar Fort is the one of the most beautiful forts in the Sultanate.
Duqm is located in Al Wasta Governorate. Most people in this area work in the fishing industry, due to its 170 km of natural and unspoiled coastline. Ras Madraka is the most visited beach in Al Duqm due to its natural sand and temperate climate. Duqm Port is the Sultanate's newest deep-water port project,which is set to become the largest port development in the Middle East.
Salalah is located in the south of Oman, 1000 Km from Muscat. Most people visit Salalah in the summer period because of it's climate and annual ''khareef'' (monsoon). The port of Salalah constitutes a world class transhipment hub serving the West and Central Asian regions. It also caters for some of the world's largest ocean going vessels