About the Sultanate of Oman

Sultanate of Oman is located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the third largest country in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries with an area of 309,500 km2 and a population of around 4.61 million. Muscat is the capital of Oman and is known as the financial capital of Oman. Arabic is the official language with a wide use of English language. Oman is categorized as a high-income economy and ranks among the most peaceful countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index.

The Sultanate's geography is very diverse with white sand beaches, rolling desert dunes, and rocky mountains. Muscat was named the second-best city to visit in the world in 2012 by the travel guide publisher Lonely Planet, and also was chosen as the Capital of Arab Tourism of 2012. Many historical sites are well preserved. The country is also developing as an adventure tourism destination. There are many sightseeing places in Muscat including picturesque beaches, wadis, beautiful mosques, forts and Sultan’s palace, scenic gardens, and natural parks. On the coastline, there are sea turtle reserves, crystal blue waters, and villages. There is a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities practiced. The popular attractions in and around Muscat are Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque, Royal Opera House, Bait Al Zubair, Bait Al Baranda, Qurum Beach and Natural Park, Qantab Beach, Yeti, Wadi Al Arbeieen, Algehfi Valley, Amouage Perfumery, Natural History Museum, Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art, Children’s Museum, PDO Planetarium, etc.

The currency of Oman is called the “Rial” which is approximately 2.6 USD or 2 Euros per Rial. The climate will be very warm in Muscat in March. The average temperature’s 30ºC in March, reaching highs of 34ºC in the peak of the afternoon. At night, temperatures come down to 28ºC. Muscat has a wide choice of accommodations ranging from 5 stars to budget. The hotels nearby the conference location are Levatio, Grand Millennium, Ibis, Radisson Blu, Safeer Hotel, City Season, Park Inn and Hotel Royal Tulip Muscat. The booking details are available at www.booking.com or www.agoda.com

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