Cruising to Oman


In 1970, QABOOS bin Said al-Said ousted his father and has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and has preserved a longstanding political and military relationship with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.


Location: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE
Geographic coordinates: 21 00 N, 57 00 E
Map references: Middle East
Area: total: 212,460 sq km


2,092 km

Maritime claims

Territorial sea: 12 nm
Contiguous zone: 24 nm
Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm


Dry desert; hot, humid along coast; hot, dry interior; strong southwest summer monsoon (May to September) in far south


Central desert plain, rugged mountains in north and south

Elevation extremes

Lowest point: Arabian Sea 0 m
Highest point: Jabal Shams 2,980 m


Oman is a middle-income economy in the Middle East with notable oil and gas resources, a substantial trade surplus, and low inflation. Work on a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility progressed in 2005 and will contribute to slightly higher oil and gas exports in 2006. Oman continues to liberalize its markets and joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in November 2000.

To reduce unemployment and limit dependence on foreign labor, the government is encouraging the replacement of foreign expatriate workers with local workers. Training in information technology, business management, and English support this objective. Industrial development plans focus on gas resources, metal manufacturing, petrochemicals, and international transshipment ports. In 2005, Oman signed agreements with several foreign investors to boost oil reserves, build and operate a power plant, and develop a second mobile phone network in the country.


Airports: 137 (2005)
Airports - with paved runways: total: 6
Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 131
Heliports: 1 (2005)
Pipelines: gas 3,754 km; oil 3,212 km (2004)
Roadways: total: 34,965 km

Merchant marine

Total: 1 ships (1000 GRT or over) 10,797 GRT/5,040 DWT
By type: passenger 1
Registered in other countries: 2 (Kazakhstan 2) (2005)

Sailing Specifics: Ports and terminals

Mina' Qabus, Salalah

Other Sailing Destinations in the Region

Bahrain - Christmas Islands - Cocos Keeling - Comoros - Djibouti - Eritrea - India - Jordan - Kenya - Kuwait - Madagascar - Maldives - Mauritius - Mayotte - Mozambique - Oman - Pakistan - Qatar - Reunion Island - Saudi Arabia - Seychelles - Somalia - Sri Lanka - Sudan - Tanzania - United Arab Emirates - Yemen

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