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Health Tourism Oman

Health Tourism in Oman

Oman, a country which has many surprises to offer to any tourists who is keen to visit this part of the world. Many people may not be aware of the beautiful tourists attractions which are still yet to be explored by majority of travellers. People may know Oman by the desert, a country governed by strict Islamic law, women in Souq, people dressed conservatively, infact men dressed till their ankle, no natural jungles or wildlife as abundant as in Africa or Asia, but what many tourists misses out that Oman has a landscape which is beautiful in itself, deserts, mountains, old cities, forts, colonial architecture, food and culture.

 

Oman is located in Arab peninsula, facing Indian Ocean and sitting on the mouth of Persian Gulf holds an very strategic position geographically. Neighbour of Saudi,UAE and Yemen.Strategically Oman has been important to world trade which existed even before the advent of colonialism and modern globalisation. Through Oman gained importance around the world after the peak of colonialism, but it can not be seen from limited view in terms of history. The archaeological evidences suggest that it has trade contact with Harappa Civilisation, civilisation which is among the oldest in the world being the contemporary of  great civilisations of Egypt and Iraq previously called as Sumeria. Oman witnessed the arrival of Europeans during early 15th century and has colonised Muscat for more than century. Later in 17th century, the Omani Sultanate become very powerful and contested the major European colonial powers, in 19th century, the British influence was huge, and both the countries worked together for more than 300 years for mutual benefits. British controlling the trade routes and Omani fending off other major European powers with the help of Britishers. With the end of colonialism, Oman saw the emergence of monarchy based upon Islam. Currently it is under “Absolute Monarchy”, and hird-longest current reigning monarch in the world. 

 

Major Interesting and Unknown  facts about Oman are : - 

  • Mountain Dew -  The US soft drink holds the market and swept the competition. Coca - cola is not to found much.Pepsi is the second. Mountain dew is called “Omani Alcohol” by the locals.
  • Coffee and Dates are among the most famous ingredient of Oman having demand all over the world. In Fact the Arabian Coffee beans are believe to known to world from Oman.
  • Oldest independent Arab State. The Omani royal family have been on top since 1774. Many families were not able to do in these Arab region as the coups and rebellions are very often.
  • Frankincense trees. The tree that only grows in Oman. The peculiarity of these trees are that they emit fragrance which are unique and nowhere to be found. 
  • Arab Horses are world famous. They are known for their beauty, stamina and built. Arab horses are specifically bred by Royal family, they maintain the breed of horse very strictly. Arab Horses hold a very special place in Oman.
  • Kanjars which is dagger are weapons of pride, so much so that they get place in National flag and government logos. Its the symbol of masculinity and power.These Kanjars are very much decorated and look beautiful. A person keeps a Kanjar according to his wealth and status. The cover of Kanjar is very much intricately decorated and rare to be found anywhere in the world.
  • For Liquor to buy, you need a license. The strict practise of Islam restricts the alcohol to public places but allowed in hotels.

 

Omani has population of over 5 million native Omani nationals. Majority of Oman is young, around 40 %. The important point about social demographic structure is that the society is majorly tribal.3 major tribal groups are found, Racially, Omani people are Arabic, Baluchi and African. Oman also has very large expatriate population. With country opening up to world, a lot of infrastructure development is taking place, due to which, blue collar jobs are done by Asians and Africans, Europeans are involved in White collar jobs.The expatriate population is around more than million. 

 

Religion of Oman is Islam, as majority of population, around 86% of Omani are Muslims. Other religions are also present but due to only expatriates.Christian and Hindus compromise around 7 - 8 %. The non muslim population are only the working group which came majorly from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh  and few other Asian countries.Being an Islamic country, Oman is relatively open to other religions, there are two Hindu temples in Oman and has been progressing for building Gurudwara.

 

Capital

Muscat, the coast town, attracting traders and fishermen since centuries, the city which was always the prized possession in the Persian Gulf, is the capital of Oman.Muscat is the city which facilitated the contact of Oman with ancient Empires of Rome to India. Geographically located on Persian gulf, it holds a strategic position to control the trade routes. Muscat is Being an important port town, this city is the foundation upon which the Omani empire stood and built.Historically, Muscat has witnessed many native and foreign powers and strengthened them.Muscat has contact with Indus Valley civilization.

 

The population of Muscat is 1.4 million in 2018. It is the most populous city of Oman out which 40 % are of expatriates and largest in terms of geography. The population is largely involved in trade and fishermen. This is the seat of the government.The majority of population lies in working population zone and young. Literacy rate is good among Omanis, with around 80 % population is literate.The ethnic makeup of Muscat is rich with people of many religions inhabit. Traders from Europe and Asia came and many made this city their home. Hindu gujarati Businessmen are prominent among those.  Rising industrial activity gave rise to inflow of migrant population who were primarily workers, adding richness to the diversity of Muscat and shaping towards a cosmopolitan city. Tourism is very much attractive in the capital with forts which are ancient  and few have World Heritage tags,palaces  which are huge and beautiful, mosques, sea front, markets, port trade and  shopping are very reasons for any traveller to pay a dfinate visit.The economy of Muscat is based upon trade. Pearl, Fish and dates are primary export products.

 

6 most important reasons to Visit Muscat : - 

  1. Stroll on Corniche - The beautiful promenade on the seafront which gives refreshing mood to any traveller. You can find many locals and foreign travellers walking and enjoying the best part of the day.
  2. Desert - A paradise for traveller and photographers. This endless desert has wavelet hillocks of sand on which hide and seek of natural sunlight presents the most beautiful clicks of the desert. Night under the desert gives amazing view of sky filled with stars. Adventure seekers can satisfy their hunger by driving on sand dunes and dune bashing.
  3. Coffee and Dates - These two are the temptations for every tourist which visit the Muscat. Both, coffee and Dates are on top bucket list of every tourists to try once.Omani coffee is famous all over the world.
  4. Dolphin Sightseeing - Gulf of Oman has population of Dolphins which are delight to watch.Hunting for fishes are among the most sought after tour provided by tour operators.
  5. Grand Modern Architecture - AL ALma Palace, the residence of Royal family, studded with Gold. Royal Opera House is an amalgamation of Omani and Italian architecture.
  6. Souk or bazaar is a maze of shops which sell the items which are native to Oman.Must buy are Pashmina wool, leather goods and Gold jewellery. To shop in these souks, a traveller must have strong bargaining skills.

 

Major Tourism attractions in

Oman, geographically located on the Southern part of Arabian peninsula,Facing massive Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf,has terrain surrounded by vast ending desert, waterholes giving life in mist of these deserts and stretched coastline facing Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. This country has lot to offer, from desert home of  bedouin tribes since centuries, Muscat capital city is bouquet to beautiful and massive Mosques, sea front broniche and Souk maze along with busy fish market. Fortress spread across the country side by side along the coast reminding the importance of Oman. Beaches along the coastline has activities which can attract any tourist, ranging from diving to restaurant and turtle nesting sites.

 

Major Tourists Attraction of Oman : - 

Cities : - 

  • Muscat : - A city flanked by sea,desert and mountains. The history of Muscat dates back centuries blended with modern shopping mall and skyscrapers along with colonial forts named Al Jalali and Mirani, built by Portuguese during 16th century revealing itself to Muscat harbour. The grand Sultan Qaboos Mosque is an marvelous architecture spread over massive area have the capacity to accommodate thousands of people. The main attractions of Muscat are labyrinth Souks which has jewellery,leather items and high grade Pashmina wool cloths, Corniche promenade and busy fish market.Al Alam palace, residence of Royal Family is must visit, along with Royal Opera House. Diving destination of Bandar Jissah and Bandar Khayran are famous place for tourist in Muscat.
  • Nizwa : - Located in northern part of Oman, it has a 17th century fort built to defend the trade routes, the lifeline of Oman business since the days on antiquity.Along the fort is Nizwa Souk, filled with handicrafts and silverware. 
  • Bahla : - Close to Nizwa, this Fort is one of the four historic forts, among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Bahla has Jebel Akhdar, an areas defined by multiple landscapes of valleys, rocks, waterfalls and cultivated terraces. 
  • Sur : - Old port city where the wooden boat building is still prevalent,Sunayasilah fort is huge and have beautiful view of the sea.
  • Sohar : - Port city having a fort which is now a museum, where tourist can explore city trading past and culture.Corniche along the waterfront has busy market, fish market and restaurants which offer Omani cuisine.It is also the home of legendary Sindabad.
  • Salalah : - A capital city of southern province, known for banana plantations, Beaches and waterfalls. A seasonal waterfall is created in the middle of desert through a monsoon phenomenon called “Khareef”. 
  • Al Hamra : - A town have an age of 400 years, it has number of villages which has houses built on titled rock slabs, some of these houses are centuries old yet preserved very well. 

Most attractive Places in Oman are : - 

  • Wadi Shab : - Wai means Ravine or Valley. This Wahi is located in the Al Sharqiyah region in Oman. The point of attraction here are waterfall  in the cave. The water is clear and fresh. Hiking can be enjoyed in this Wadi as trails in between the majestic mountains on both sides. After a long trail, bath in waterfall is exhilarating and refreshing.Avoid during public holidays.
  • Hajar Mountains: - These mountains are also called Oman Mountains. The main attraction is Jebel Viewpoint and Jebel Sham trek and waterpool.

 

Visas : - 

  • Citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates do not require a visa to visit Oman, and may use National ID Cards to enter the country.
  • Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days, which is extendable once for a fee. Starting March 21st 2018, it will not be possible to receive a visa on arrival, one must apply for a visa online.
  • The fee is OMR20 and your passport should be valid for no less than 6 months from the date of arrival.

 

Airline Service

National Airpline of Oman is Oman Air.

Major international Airports

  • Muscat International Airport (MCT)
      • Address: Muscat, Oman
      • Code: MCT
      • Phone: +968 24 351234
  • Khasab Airport : - 
      • Address: Airport Rd, Al Khasab, Oman
      • Code: KHS
      • Phone: +968 9660 8258.
  • Sohar International Airport
      • Address: Sohar, Oman
      • Code: OHS
      • Phone: +968 26 643288

Public Holidays

  • New Years Day
  • Israa Wal Miraj
  • Israa Wal Miraj Holiday
  • Eid al-Fitr Holiday
  • Renaissance Day
  • Eid al-Adha Holiday
  • Islamic New Year
  • Prophet Muhammads Birthday
  • National Day

Medical tourism

Oman has high earnings but the healthcare is not much developed. The quantity of doctors are not very less in comparison to population. Also the medical facilities not much developed and advanced. Speing upon healthcare is very less by the government which reflects in the poor state of healthcare in Oman. But with globalization, Omani now moving towards medical tourism destinations for their medical treatments. Large number of Omani have visited India for their treatments. Majority of Omani have opted for Orthopedic, Bariatric and Cardiology treatments in India

 

Indian Embassy

Embassy of India, Muscat, Oman

 Address: Jamiat Al - Dowal Al - Arabiya Street, Diplomatic Area, Al Khuwair, P.O. Box 1727, PC 112.

 Telephone: 00968-24684500

 Email: indembassy.muscat@mea.gov.in

 Website: www.indemb-oman.gov.in/

  Climate of Oman

Climate of oman is among the hottest in the world but difference can be witnessed in different regions of mountains, sea, desert and southern region of Dhofar.Rainfall is less than 100 mm (3.9 in) per year, mainly falling in Winter in the form of very heavy and prolonged thunderstorms. Because of its hot climate, sea water temperatures are high all year round.

  Language of Oman

Arabic is the official language spoken by majority of people.Arabic spoken in Oman belongs to Semitic branch. Oman was the first country in Persian Gulf to taught German in School as second language. English is spoken,not by the majority, but people who are engaged in modern trade and services.the interior of Oman is largely Arabic speaking the population in these areas remained secluded as outside population communication in these is least and trade is not flouised as in coastal region. English is more concentrated in Muscat and other coastal city which have foreign Asian and European population. The other non European language spoken in Oman is Balochi. Balochi language as native Omani people have Balochi ancestry. Few Important facts about Oman : - ● Oman is a member of the United Nations. ● Oman is a member of the Arab League. ● Oman is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. ● Oman is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. ● In 2010, the United Nations Development Programme ranked Oman as the most improved nation in the world in terms of development during the preceding 40 years. ● High Income country with no Tax for natives.

  Currency

The currency in Muscat is the Omani rial (OMR). One rial is made of 1000 baisa and is officially tied at 2.58 US dollars per 1 Omani rial making the Omani rial one of the most valuable currencies on the planet. Exchange rates on the streets are 1-2% lower



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