The Sultanate of Oman surprises for the variety of its landscapes, including spectacular mountains, deserts, valleys and an endless coastline.
From the point of view of flora, Oman owes much to the date palm, which has allowed the sustenance of local populations since prehistoric times. Even the Bedouin have always used dates when they cross the desert: 15 are enough to provide the body with the vitamins and minerals needed for the day.
Another symbol of Oman is the incense tree which, with its precious resin, has opened the door to commerce for Europe. Considered a gift of God by the people of southern Arabia, incense plays a fundamental role in personal perfumery and environments. To the finer qualities are given healing powers: often the drops of resin are pulverized and ingested to fight stomach pains, colitis or bronchial asthma.
Many species of animals live in Oman but, to spot them, you have to know how to observe!
When night falls, the desert is populated with hares, foxes and hawks, while the Arab wolf, the Arab leopard and gazelles roam the mountains.
Symbol of the country is the oryx, the only animal in the world that adapts to life in the desert more than the camel. Reduced to a population of only three specimens in 1972, today there are more than 200, to be admired at the Yaluni Shrine.
Even the seas around the Sultanate are full of life: to date 20 species of whales have been identified, including humpback whales and sperm whales. Dolphins often accompany fishing boats and enjoy playing with tourist boats.
Finally, the Sultanate plays a key role in the protection of marine green turtles, which every year choose the Omani coasts to reproduce and deposit their eggs. Today there are 100,000 specimens per year.