Oman: Jewel of the Arabian Gulf (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)

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From exotic souks heaped with silk carpets, stunning silverware and pungent spices, to bewitching wadi wilderness, to five-star hotels and wonderful hospitality, this guide sensitively explores the little-visited but fascinating Sultanate of Oman.

From exotic souks heaped with silk carpets, stunning silverware and pungent spices, to bewitching wadi wilderness, to five-star hotels and wonderful hospitality, this guide sensitively explores the little-visited but fascinating sultanate of Oman. Located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is a land of great contrasts, from the rugged, weatherworn Hajar Mountains in the north, across the barren desert of the Central Plains to lush Dhofar in the south, where tropical humidity allows a lush greenery. Modest oil reserves have allowed Oman to develop, but rather than get caught up in the Gulf State oil mania, the Omani people still identify more with their age-old traditions as a trading and seafaring nation. A stable and hospitable state, Oman provides, perhaps more than other Middle Eastern country, an enchanting blend of colorful, exotic landscapes, rich history and culture, and an understanding of and careful integration with the modern world. 124 full-color photographs and 10 maps

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About the Author:

Georg Popp studied art and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He is currently General Secretary of the German Omani Association, coordinating international exhibitions related to Oman, commissioned by the Diwan of the Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman.

Juma Al-Maskari, born in Zanzibar, was sent after school from Oman to Germany to study electro-engineering. He resides in Germany and is a founding member of the German-Oman Association, and current member of the Advisory Board.

Review:

“George Popp perceptively describes the country and people together with routes to the remotest areas of Oman, as well as providing practical travel tips. The whole [guide] is enriched with a multitude of excellent photographs, the majority of which have been taken by the author himself.” (Orient Magazine)

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