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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Oman.
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1. Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. It has been ruled by the Al-Said family since 1744. Oman is also one of the oldest human-inhabited places on Earth. Humans have lived in what is now known as Oman for at least 106,000 years and the city of Dereaze is at least 8,000 years old.
2. Oman is traditionally known for breeding Arab horses. Historically it has been famous for its purebred Arab horses. Omani people believe that the horse is an image of its master and a reflection of his courage, stamina and ability. It is believed that Zaad AL-Rakeb was the first horse to be known in Arabia and to which all the Arab progeny horses were tracked back. It belonged to the Uzd, the old members of the Arab Uzd tribe of Oman. It was said to be given to them as a gift by the Prophet Solomon Son of David
3. Oman is the only Middle East country where women-only bazaars, called ‘souq’, are found. The Omani City of Ibra has a women-only bazaar, where the Omani women trade in everything from spices to handicraft to jewellery. It is a complete shopping hub for female travelers, where men are forbidden to hang around.
4. Do you know why Oman is so white? It is because no official permission is required to paint homes white. People need to seek special permission to use other colors. Besides, the administration checks everything from foundation to painting several times when a house is under construction.
5. The architectural heritage of Oman consists of more than 500 forts, castles and watch towers. Oman’s urban infrastructure from residential buildings to seafront whitewashed resorts is immensely influenced by the Indian architectural style seen in the high society.
6. Before 1970, there were no hotels in Oman. Since the late 1980s, when the government opened the country to tourists, hundreds of luxurious hotels have been built. Tourism is a growing industry in Oman. In the most recent available numbers in 2013, it was reported that 2.1 million tourist visited Oman.
7. The 2nd-century geographer Ptolemy mentioned a ‘concealed harbour’, perhaps the first documented reference to the capital of Oman, Muscat, but the settlement’s location, surrounded on three sides by mountains, made it all but inaccessible from the land. Little is known about the early days of Muscat, except that it grew into a small port in the 14th and 15th centuries. By the beginning of the 16th century, however, Muscat gathered momentum as a trading port in its own right, used by merchant ships bound for India.
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